attack on army post kills four; 5 die elsewhere
A suicide car bomber attacked an army post in northwest Pakistan on Monday, killing four security personnel, while violence elsewhere in the region left at least five suspected militants dead, authorities said. Pakistan is engaged in two major offensives against militants who use pockets of the northwest to stage attacks on American and NATO forces across the border in Afghanistan. Insurgents have retaliated over the offensives by staging a wave of attacks throughout Pakistan. The suicide attack Monday happened in Gashkor, a village in the Swat Valley. The attack killed four and wounded three, a statement from the Pakistan army said.
Russia returns church's windows
Six medieval stained-glass windowpanes looted by the Red Army during World War II were returned to a German church Monday, where officials said they hoped to negotiate the return of other plundered artworks. The windows complete a 117-panel set that depicts the Bible in pictures. The 14th century panels will be restored and reinstalled at the Marienkirche in Frankfurt an der Oder, near Germany's border with Poland. Russian lawmakers voted this year to return the looted art — a decision Germany hopes could lead to negotiations for other works plundered during the conflict.
France: A French appeals court reinstated the marriage of a Muslim man who had sought an annulment because his bride lied about being a virgin. The couple must now seek a divorce if they want to separate.
India: Veterinarians carried out a rare blood transfusion in an attempt to save a 7-month-old wild tiger that had been attacked and beaten by angry villagers in central India. The female cub received the emergency treatment late Sunday after blood taken from captive adults was flown to the zoo where the cub is being cared for, said Bimal Majumdar, the chief wildlife officer in the region. He said it was the first time a transfusion had been given to a tiger in India.
Thailand: Thaksin Shinawatra, Thailand's controversial former prime minister, has divorced his wife, Potjaman, after 32 years. The divorce comes at a time when Thaksin, who became a billionaire in the telecommunications industry, and his wife are effectively stateless. The two have spent most of their time in Britain since he lost his office in a military coup in 2006. Both face jail sentences if they return to Thailand — he on charges of breaching conflict-of-interest laws and she for tax evasion.
Japan: The mother ship in Japan's whaling fleet left Monday for the country's annual hunt in the Antarctic, the environmental group Greenpeace said, as anti-whaling activists vowed to disrupt the expedition once again after high-seas clashes forced an early halt last year.