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Bomb in tricycle kills eight near bazaar
PESHAWAR | A bomb planted in a child’s tricycle exploded outside a shop in northwestern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least eight people and damaging several stores and hotels, police said.
The attack occurred in the main bazaar in the town of Risalpur in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said Mohammad Hussain, police chief for surrounding Nowshera district. Shoppers were buying goods for an upcoming Muslim holiday when the bomb went off. At least nine people were wounded, Mr. Hussain said.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Pakistani Taliban has carried out many bombings throughout the northwest.
President plans to lift wartime emergency laws
COLOMBO | Sri Lanka’s president announced plans Thursday to lift wartime emergency laws that have curbed civil and political liberties for most of the past 30 years.
The country has been under intense international pressure to sweep away the draconian measures now that more than two years have passed since the government’s victory in its bitter civil war against separatist Tamil Tiger rebels.
The emergency laws, which Parliament had extended every month, had allowed the government to detain suspects without trial, displace residents from their land and set up ubiquitous military checkpoints.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa told the legislature the laws were no longer needed, signaling that they would be allowed to expire next week.
Sarkozy calls on Beijing to help rebuild Libya
BEIJING | French President Nicolas Sarkozy urged China on Thursday to join Western nations in rebuilding Libya, inviting Beijing to a conference in Paris to discuss the future of the North African country.
Stopping in Beijing for a few hours on his way to the South Pacific, Mr. Sarkozy said he and Chinese President Hu Jintao also discussed the global economy and the economic travails of Europe and the euro.
On the war in Libya, China has been seen as less supportive of the rebels battling to oust Col. Moammar Gadhafi than France and other Western countries such as Britain and the United States.
Mr. Sarkozy said he explained the importance of world leaders sharing a common vision for Libya and invited Mr. Hu to send an envoy to the Paris conference next week.
Five indicted on charges of spying for North Korea
SEOUL | Five South Koreans, including a former parliamentary aide, have been indicted on charges of spying for North Korea, prosecutors said Thursday.
The five civilians passed military secrets and other sensitive information to North Korea beginning in the early 1990s, Seoul prosecutors said in a statement.
Information funneled to North Korea included satellite photos of military bases in South Korea, U.S. military field manuals and information on South Korean politicians, they said.
The suspects are accused of violating South Korea’s National Security Law and could face the death penalty.
Suharto’s great-granddaughter sent to drug rehab center
JAKARTA | The great-granddaughter of late Indonesian dictator Gen. Suharto is being sent to drug rehab.
A judge on Thursday ordered Putri Aryanti Haryowibowo to spend one year at a drug rehabilitation center after she was convicted of using illegal drugs.
The 22-year-old was arrested in March after police found her taking crystal methamphetamines in a Jakarta hotel.
Suharto oversaw one of the most brutal dictatorships of the 20th century. He was ousted in 1998 and died 10 years later.
This was the second drug case involving his family. In 2000, Miss Haryowibowo’s mother, Gusti Maya Firanti Noor, was sentenced to eight months in jail for possessing amphetamines.
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