Friday 23 March 2018

Suicide bombings at refugee centre in Pakistan kill at least 41, wound 65

Two suicide bombings at a centre for people displaced by a Pakistani military offensive against militants killed at least 41 people and wounded 65 yesterday.

The first of two attackers, a man disguised as a woman in a burka, was followed seconds later by a teenager who blew himself up. They struck as about 300 people displaced by fighting were registering at an office in the village of Kacha Pakha in the northwest of the country, hoping to get food items, officials said.

Two blasts injure 10 at cricket match

TWO small bombs exploded yesterday outside a cricket stadium in southern India shortly before a match, injuring 10 people and setting off panic among fans.

The Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore was hosting a game between Bangalore Royal Challengers and Mumbai Indians, as part of the popular Indian Premier League.

Four officers and a security guard were among the wounded.

EU monitors criticise Sudan election

THE chief of the European Union's vote-monitoring team yesterday said Sudan's elections failed to meet international standards.

Veronique de Keyser said names were missing from voter registries, election resources were not evenly spread to all parts of the country and there were cases of voter intimidation.The five days of voting last week were the first multi-party presidential, parliamentary and local elections in 24 years.

North Korea accuses South over ship

NORTH Korea has accused South Korea of spreading false rumours that the communist North was to blame for the mysterious explosion that sank a southern warship near the tense sea border.

North Korean officials have denied involvement in the blast that broke the 1,200-tonne ship in two on March 26 during a routine patrol near the sea border, killing 38.

South Korean officials have not openly blamed the North for one of its worst naval disasters, but an investigator said the explosion was most likely external. However, an unidentified North Korean military commentator has now said Seoul is spreading rumours, adding: "The military war-mongers are getting more undisguised in their moves to link the accident with the North, though it was caused by their fault."

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