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Pakistani politician, eight others killed in suicide bomb attack

PAKISTAN

POLITICIAN, eight others KILLED IN BOMB ATTACK

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility on Saturday for a suicide bomb attack that killed a senior politician in northwest Pakistan in one of the most high-profile assassinations of a political leader in months. The politician, Bashir Ahmad Bilour, was a senior minister in the northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, where the Taliban has a strong presence, and he had a national reputation as one of the most vocal critics of the militants. Bilour survived at least two previous assassination attacks. At least eight other people were killed in the attack and more than 15 were wounded, government officials and doctors at a hospital said. His assassination sent shock waves through political circles, with the country's leaders announcing a national day of mourning.

Tunisia

Benghazi suspect questioned by FBI

After months of asking, agents from the FBI questioned the only known suspect in the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three other Americans, the suspect's Tunisian lawyer told the Associated Press on Saturday. Ali Harzi, a Tunisian, was detained in Turkey and extradited to Tunisia in October where authorities have said he is "strongly suspected" of being involved in the attack. His lawyer, Anwar Oued-Ali, said Harzi was also questioned about an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia a few days later, suggesting U.S. authorities are looking into if there is a connection between the two attacks.

LAS VEGAS

Blackjack dealer stabs another

A fight between two blackjack dealers at a Las Vegas Strip resort sent one to the hospital and the other to jail, authorities said. KSNV-TV reported that Brenda Wilson, 50, is accused of stabbing the other dealer Friday night at the Bellagio hotel-casino. Authorities said the victim, whose name wasn't released, suffered deep facial cuts. The incident comes a week after an Illinois man killed an ex-girlfriend in the hotel lobby at the Excalibur resort on the Strip, then killed himself.

MONTGOMERY, Ala.

Judge stops policy of HIV segregation

A judge struck down Alabama's decades-old policy of segregating prison inmates with HIV, ruling Friday that it violates federal disabilities law. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled in favor of inmates who sued to end the longstanding practice.

Elsewhere

Venezuela: The government said Saturday that President Hugo Chávez's condition is becoming increasingly stable as he recovers from a cancer-related operation in Cuba.

Philippines: The government has enacted a law aimed at stopping the military and police officers from abducting people suspected of antigovernment activity, one of the ugly legacies of the years of dictatorship.

Times wires

Pakistani politician, eight others killed in suicide bomb attack

12/22/12 [Last modified: Saturday, December 22, 2012 10:26pm]
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