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Hundreds rush to place incense in an urn at a Chinese Buddhist temple in Singapore. Each year, believers vie to place their joss sticks at midnight to mark an auspicious start to the Chinese Lunar New Year.
Hundreds rush to place incense in an urn at a Chinese Buddhist temple in Singapore. Each year, believers vie to place their joss sticks at midnight to mark an auspicious start to the Chinese Lunar New Year. (Wong Maye-e)

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

pakistan

Bombing kills 9; border attack kills 1

A car bomb killed nine people, including three children, near the northwestern city of Peshawar on Wednesday, the latest in a rash of attacks that are challenging police claims of progress against Islamist militants in the region.

Twenty other people were injured in the blast on a road leading to Pakistan's border with Afghanistan, said Siraj Ahmed Khan, a government official.

It was the third major bombing in or near the city in the past week.

Elsewhere in the tribal region Wednesday, several mortar rounds fired from Afghanistan landed near an army checkpoint in the Ghulam Khan area of North Waziristan, killing a Pakistani soldier and wounding three others, said Pakistani intelligence officials. The attack sparked an intense gun battle, they said.

- Associated Press

mauritania

Al-Qaeda suspects die battling soldiers

Three suspected al-Qaeda militants who were killed when their vehicle exploded during a gunfight with Mauritanian soldiers Wednesday were planning to attack the French Embassy and an army base, the government said.

The vehicle was one of three that had crossed into the West African country from Mali last weekend and was being pursued by Mauritanian soldiers.

One vehicle, containing 1.5 tons of explosives, was captured along with one militant Tuesday; the second vehicle exploded during the gun battle Wednesday on the outskirts of the capital, Nouakchott. The third escaped.

- Reuters

mexico

Gangs stage attacks in several cities

Suspected drug cartel gunmen hurled grenades, burned vehicles and blocked streets in a rapid series of attacks in Guadalajara, Mexico's second-largest city, authorities said Wednesday.

The seven attacks within two hours late Tuesday appear to have been coordinated and were staged by drug gangs, possibly in retaliation for the arrests of their members, said Fernando Guzman Perez, interior secretary of Jalisco state, where Guadalajara is located. A policeman and two transportation workers were injured.

Other attacks took place Tuesday in the northern cities of Zacatecas and Monterrey, resulting in several deaths. Those attacks did not appear to be coordinated.


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