Briefly: Roadside bomb kills 7 Pakistani soldiers

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PESHAWAR — A government official said a roadside bomb hit a paramilitary convoy in northwestern Pakistan, killing seven soldiers.

Iqbal Khan said the attack occurred as the convoy passed through a bazaar in Bara, a town in the Khyber tribal area. Two other soldiers were wounded in the Thursday attack.

Mr. Khan is a member of Khyber’s political administration.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the military is battling the Pakistani Taliban and their allies in Khyber.


Senate rejects bill to deport asylum seekers

CANBERRA — Senators on Thursday rejected legislation that would have let Australia deport asylum seekers to another country as a way of discouraging them from attempting long, dangerous boat journeys.

The legislation scraped through the House of Representatives by a 74-72 vote late Wednesday after six hours of passionate debate, amplified by two deadly capsizings of boats filled with Australia-bound migrants in the past week.

But the Senate rejected the bill by a vote of 39-29 after sometimes tearful arguments.

Four people are thought to have died and 130 were rescued from a boat that capsized Wednesday, but more than 90 people are believed to have died in a capsizing last week midway between Australia’s Christmas Island and Indonesia.

The legislation would have let the government deport boat arrivals to another country in Southeast Asia or the Pacific. While many lawmakers see that as the best option for stopping such smuggling attempts, they disagree on where the asylum seekers should be sent.

They currently stay on Christmas Island while their asylum claims are assessed, although many have been transferred to the Australian mainland in recent months because of overcrowding at the island detention facilities.


Afghans court business for postwar stability

NEW DELHI — Afghan officials are appealing for corporate investment as they look to stabilize their country after more than a decade of war.

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