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Suicide bomber kills 25 funeral mourners
SHINA SAMAR BAGH | A suicide bomber attacked the funeral service Thursday of a Pakistani tribesman opposed to the Taliban, killing 25 people, police said, two days after Taliban gunmen killed four children from another district in conflict with the militant network.
The blast in the Lower Dir region, just 15 miles from the Afghan border, also wounded 60 people. The bomber struck as about 200 mourners were attending the funeral in the Shina Samar Bagh village.
The funeral was for a member of a local “lashkar,” or militia, that is opposed to Taliban rule in the region.
He died Wednesday night.
High demand in heat wave knocks out power for 6 hours
SEOUL | A rare heat wave caused power outages around South Korea on Thursday, trapping hundreds of people in elevators, shutting down traffic lights and stopping factory operations.
The outages were reported in Seoul and other major cities and affected at least 820,000 homes across the country for about six hours until power was restored.
Economy Minister Choi Joong-kyung apologized for failing to be prepared for the surge in demand. Officials said demand was 3.2 million kilowatts higher than expected.
Country will abolish unpopular security law
KUALA LUMPUR | Malaysia will abolish an unpopular security law that allows detention without trial and relax other laws that curb the media and the right to free public assembly, Prime Minister Najib Razak said.
The policy changes are the boldest by Mr. Najib since he took the helm in 2009 and are seen as a move to bolster support for his ruling coalition ahead of general elections that could be held next year.
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