Thursday, June 21, 2018
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Pakistan's Musharraf flees court to avoid arrest

Islamabad, Pakistan

Musharraf flees court to avoid arrest

Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf fled court in a speeding vehicle Thursday to avoid arrest after his bail was revoked in a case involving his decision to fire senior judges while in power more than five years ago. The harried escape broadcast live on Pakistani TV marked a new low in Musharraf's troubled return from exile last month to seek a political comeback in the May 11 parliamentary election. Lawyers taunted the 69-year-old as he roared away in a black SUV.

New York

U.S. kids worse off than counterparts

American children are on average worse off than children in Western Europe and barely better off than kids in the Baltic states and the former Yugoslavia, according to a recent report from United Nation's Children's Fund on the welfare of children in developed countries. The UNICEF report, which compares kids in 29 Western countries, measures well-being across five metrics: material well-being, health and safety, behaviors and risks, housing and environment, and education. It ranks the United States in the bottom third on all five measures of well-being and particularly low on education and poverty. The United States, at No. 26, is joined at the bottom by "emerging" European economies, while the Scandinavian countries and the Netherlands, at No. 1, come out on top.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Emirates arrest terror cell suspects

Security authorities in the United Arab Emirates said Thursday they have arrested seven members of a "terrorist cell" affiliated with al-Qaida accused of plotting attacks in the Emirates and in neighboring oil-producing states, according to the official WAM news agency. The suspects are all citizens of unspecified Arab countries, the news agency said. The arrests were reported two days after Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, met with President Barack Obama during a two-day visit to the United States and said Tuesday that the Emirates stood by "all countries of the world against all acts of terrorism."

BaghDad

Suicide attack kills 26 at crowded cafe

A suicide bomber detonated explosives at a Baghdad cafe crowded with young people late Thursday, killing at least 26 and wounding dozens ahead of provincial elections this weekend. The rare evening attack, which came at the start of the local weekend, brought to 30 the number of people killed across the country Thursday. Violence has been on the rise ahead of provincial elections Saturday.

Seattle

Amanda Knox has emotional struggle

Amanda Knox says in a new interview she's sometimes "paralyzed" with anxiety stemming from the death of her roommate in Italy and the trial that saw her convicted, then acquitted, in a case that made headlines across the globe. Knox recently spoke to People magazine over several days at her mother's home. Last month, Italy's highest criminal court overturned her acquittal in the 2007 slaying of British student Meredith Kercher and ordered a new trial. Italian law cannot compel Knox, 25, to return for the trial. Knox's full interview will be published in the magazine's April 26 edition. Her memoir, Waiting to Be Heard, is due out April 30.

Times wires

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