| 27°C Dublin

Minsk blast 'an act of terrorism'

A rush-hour explosion which tore through an underground station in the Belarus capital Minsk, killing 12 people and wounding 126, was a terrorist act, an official said.

President Alexander Lukashenko did not say what caused yesterday's explosion at Oktyabrskaya station, but suggested outside forces could be behind it.

"I do not rule out that this gift could have been brought from outside," Mr Lukashenko said. The authoritarian leader, under strong pressure from the West over his suppression of the opposition, has frequently alleged outside forces seek to destabilise his regime.

Deputy prosecutor-general Andrei Shved said the blast was a terrorist act, but did not give further details.

Cage's stolen comic is found

A valuable comic featuring the debut of Superman, which police say appears to be the same one stolen from actor Nicolas Cage more than a decade ago, has resurfaced in a storage locker.

The mint copy of Action Comics No 1 is in police custody after being found last week. An investigation into its theft and recovery is under way. The comic was authenticated and appeared to be the one stolen from Cage in 2000, said Los Angeles police.

It is unclear whether the 1938 comic will be returned to the actor. Mr Hrycyk said Cage accepted an insurance payout after its theft and would have to work out the details with the company.