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Bombings in three areas of Pakistan leave 49 dead

Pakistan

Bombings in three areas leave 49 dead

Bombings killed 49 people in three different areas of Pakistan on Sunday, just as British Prime Minister David Cameron was in the capital pledging to help to fight extremism. In the deadliest of the attacks, twin blasts near a Shiite Muslim mosque in Quetta, the capital of southwest Baluchistan province, killed at least 28 people, including nine women and several children, police said. Suspicion will likely fall on the militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, which has carried out many of the attacks against Shiites in Baluchistan in recent years. In the northwest, a car bomb on the outskirts of Peshawar killed at least 17 people, police said. Elsewhere in the northwest, a roadside bomb struck an army convoy and killed four soldiers in the North Waziristan tribal area, officials said. Suspicion in those two attacks will fall on the Pakistani Taliban, which operates in the northwest.

Los Angeles

Eric Garcetti takes over as mayor

Eric Garcetti celebrated the start of his first term as mayor Sunday with a promise to do the basic things right while getting Los Angeles' economy rolling again. The 42-year-old Ivy Leaguer, a veteran City Council member and son of a former prosecutor, took a ceremonial oath of office on the City Hall steps as part of inaugural festivities featuring Jimmy Kimmel and the musician Moby. He replaces fellow Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa, 60, who exits after two uneven terms during which he expanded rail lines in a city notoriously choked by cars and pushed to improve the public schools.

Elsewhere

Senegal: Hissene Habre, the former dictator of Chad who fled to Senegal two decades ago and has spent years fighting accusations that he ordered systematic killings during his time in power, was taken away by police from his on Sunday, according to his lawyer and a court official. The development comes two days after President Barack Obama visited Senegal, praising the nation's democracy and the example it was setting in maintaining rule of law.

Chile: Former President Michelle Bachelet will face off against former Economy Minister Pablo Longueira in November's election, after Chileans chose the two candidates in the country's first ever presidential primary on Sunday. Bachelet was president from 2006 to 2010.

New York: A private helicopter with five people on board made an emergency landing in the Hudson River on Sunday afternoon, the authorities said. All five were rescued and no injuries were immediately reported.

Uganda: A car crashed into a moving gas tanker, sparking a fire that killed at least 29 peopled, police said Sunday.

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Bombings in three areas of Pakistan leave 49 dead 06/30/13 [Last modified: Monday, July 1, 2013 1:28am]
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