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World in Brief: 11/05/14

AFGHANISTAN: Five civilians were killed and 36 injured today during an attack by a suicide car bomber on an Afghan army vehicle that also wounded four Afghan army soldiers in the Maywand district of Kandahar province.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi claimed responsibility for the attack.

A Nato official also announced that one of its occupation force members had died as a result of a non-battle-related injury in the country.


YEMEN: Police officials blamed al-Qaida today for a suicide bombing outside a police station in Mukalla, the capital of the southern province of Hadramawt, killing eight police officers and wounding 17.

They said that the suicide bomber drove his car very close to the police station and argued with officers before the blast.

He tried to prolong his argument to draw more police officers to him to kill as many as possible.


UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Fifteen Asian migrant workers were killed and 13 injured this weekend in a bus crash in Dubai.

The WAM news agency said that the labourers were killed when their bus hit a lorry parked on the shoulder of a major road on the outskirts of the commercial hub. At least nine of the dead were from India and four were Bangladeshi.


INDIA: Government officials accused Maoist rebels today of detonating a landmine under a police vehicle and killing seven officers in Maharashtra state.

The officers had been part of a special force tasked with flushing rebels out of their strongholds in Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.

The blast was followed by a gun battle between police and insurgents in the district of Gadchiroli, after which two officers were taken to hospital with injuries.


LIBYA: Interior Minister Saleh Maziq threatened this weekend to help illegal migrants reach Europe if the EU failed to help deal with a flood of migrants through his country.

Mr Maziq blamed illegal migrants for a rise in crime and the spread of drugs and disease.

With security forces in disarray since the overthrow of Muammar Gadaffi, human smuggling has become an organised industry in which Libya’s militias are involved, say police.


EGYPT: Three dozen university students were jailed for four years toay for taking part in violent protests against the removal of president Mohammed Morsi.

They were arrested in December following protests at a Cairo university and accused of blocking roads, attacking security and setting tyres on fire.

Al-Azhar students’ spokesman Mahmoud al-Azhari denounced the verdicts, accusing the military of “using the honourable judiciary to terrorise the free students.”


CHINA: Heavy rain caused a wall to collapse at a recycling plant in the eastern city of Qingdao today, killing 18 people.

It crushed a hostel for workers in which 40 people were gathered, said the Qingdao government information office.

China’s eastern coastal and southern regions have been drenched by heavy rains in recent days, with two other deaths linked to the storms.


IRAN: President Hassan Rouhani said today that his country had nothing to offer except transparency in nuclear talks with world powers.

The talks, resuming tomorrow, face an informal July deadline to hammer out a final deal to limit Iran’s capacity to build nuclear arms in exchange for ending crippling sanctions.

“If the world seeks good relations with Iran, it should choose the way of surrendering to Iran’s rights, respecting the Iranian nation and praising Iranian scientists,” the president stated.


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