Saturday 17 February 2018

Suicide bomber kills 23 in attack on wedding hall in northern Afghanistan

A suicide bomber has blown himself up in a wedding hall in northern Afghanistan, killing at least 23 people, including a prominent warlord-turned-politician and three Afghan security force officials, in an attack that deals a setback to efforts to unify the nation's ethnic factions, Afghan officials said.

Ahmad Khan Samangani, an ethnic Uzbek and anti-Soviet guerrilla leader in the Eighties who later became a member of parliament, was welcoming guests to his daughter's wedding when the explosion occurred in Aybak, the capital of Samangan province.

President Hamid Karzai said 23 people were killed and 60 wounded in the attack, which he said was "carried out by the enemies of Afghanistan".

22 dead after record rains hit Japan

Record rains in south-western Japan triggered landslides and flooding that killed at least 22 people, forced almost a quarter of a million to evacuate and disrupted transportation on the southern main island of Kyushu.

A record 50.75cm of rain fell in 24 hours in Aso city, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Mother of Arab Spring hero jailed

The mother of the fruit-seller whose self-immolation set off Tunisia's uprising has been jailed on accusations that she verbally assaulted a judge.

Mondhar Bedhiafi, a spokesman for Tunisia's Justice Ministry, said yesterday that Manoubia Bouazizi was being held until she could see a judge tomorrow. One of Ms Bouazizi's sons, Salem, said the altercation had been exaggerated.

Four injured in bull-running finale

Four thrill-seekers are being treated for cuts and bruises but no one was gored as thousands of runners packed the streets for the San Fermin festival in Spain, eager to share in the adrenaline-fuelled experience of this year's final running of the bulls.

The run took just two minutes and 33 seconds to cover the 928-yard course from the holding stables just outside the city walls to a central bullring. On average, the run takes just over three minutes.

Oscar-winning producer Zanuck dies

Richard Zanuck, the Oscar-winning film producer behind Driving Miss Daisy and the son of the founder of Twentieth Century Fox, has died. He was 77.

Mr Zanuck, whose production credits included Jaws and The Sting, died yesterday of a heart attack at his home in Beverly Hills, California, according to a statement from his publicist, Jeff Sanderson.

Underwear to burn off cellulite

There has been underwear designed to cover cellulite, underwear designed to conceal it, and underwear designed to control it. Now there is underwear which it's claimed actually burns fat.

MyShapes is the latest to enter the "shapewear" market. In its own trials, the manufacturer claimed to show that 50 women who wore the underwear for 60 days had an average reduction in signs of cellulite by 11 per cent.

Sunday Independent

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