Tuesday 24 October 2017

New wave of fear sweeps Pakistan as suicide bomber kills 13 at checkpoint

A suicide bomber in a motorised rickshaw blew himself up at a security checkpoint in northwestern Pakistan yesterday, officials said, killing at least 13 people, injuring 52 and underscoring the nation's relentless security threat.

The blast in Pakistan's battle-scarred Swat Valley was the second major attack in less than 24 hours, raising fears of a new wave of violence by anti-government militants.

Suicide bombers killed 55 people in near-simultaneous blasts last Friday in the city of Lahore.

France hands over suspected pirates

French navy officers handed over 22 suspected Somali pirates to semi-autonomous Puntland's authorities and they will be charged in local courts, France said yesterday.

Foreign navies have been deployed off the Gulf of Aden since the start of 2009, operating convoys, establishing safer corridors through the most dangerous waters and arresting pirates and seizing their vessels.

EU police attacked in Kosovo

European Union police in Kosovo were fired upon by people who also launched an explosive device at a police building yesterday. No injuries were reported.

The attack happened yesterday in Kosovo's ethnically Serbian region, bordering Serbia. The 2,000-strong EU police mission condemned the act, saying it damages the region's efforts to one day join the EU.

Serbia rejects Kosovo's independence and the EU mission has struggled to deploy in Serb areas where they are viewed as supporters of Kosovo's statehood.

Afghan suicide attacks kill 30-plus

AT least 30 people were killed and more injured in four suicide attacks in the Afghan city of Kandahar yesteray.

A main target of the night attacks was a prison, but no prisoners escaped. In June 2008 a suicide bomber blew apart Kandahar prison gates, freeing hundreds of prisoners, many of them suspected insurgents.

A second explosion occurred close to the police HQ, and casualties were also reported at a wedding hall nearby. At least four policemen were among the dead.

Kazakhstan flood death toll hits 35

The death toll from a massive flood that devastated a village in southern Kazakhstan has soared to 35.

A privately owned dam at a reservoir in the eastern region neighbouring China ruptured last Thursday evening, unleashing torrents almost 6.5 feet high and completely destroying a village of 3,000 people.

Former US secretary of state falls ill

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is recovering after being taken to hospital in the South Korean capital with stomach pains, a hospital official said.

The 86-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate was in Seoul to attend a security forum and meet with South Korean president Lee Myung-bak.

Ku Klux Klan member loses appeal

A US federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of James Ford Seale, a reputed member of Ku Klux Klan accused in the kidnapping of two black men who were abducted and killed in rural Mississippi in 1964.

The victims in the case, Charles Moore and Henry Dee, were kidnapped, beaten and thrown, possibly still alive, into a Mississippi River backwater -- an incident which inspired the film Mississippi Burning.

Vandals deface Holocaust memorial

vandals have sprayed anti-Semitic graffiti on a Holocaust memorial at a former Nazi concentration camp.

The vandalism was discovered a day before a memorial march marking the 67th anniversary of the liquidation of Krakow's ghetto when German soldiers emptied Krakow's ghetto of its 16,000 Jewish residents, shipping them to Plaszow and to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

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