Suicide bombers kill over 40 ‘No evidence’ of switch Pardon a ‘slap in the face’ Jones the winner in Alabama
KABUL – Suicide bombers stormed a Shi’ite cultural centre and news agency in the Afghan capital yesterday, killing more than 40 people and wounding scores, many of them students attending a conference.
Islamic State said in an online statement that it was responsible for the attack, the latest in a series the movement has claimed on Shi‘ite targets in Kabul.
Waheed Majrooh, a spokesman for the ministry of public health, said 41 people, including four women and two children, had been killed and 84 wounded, most suffering from burns. (Reuters)
SEOUL – South Korea said yesterday it “humbly accepts” there is no evidence North Korea diverted wages paid to its workers by South Korean firms in a now closed border industrial park to bankroll its weapons programmes as the previous government asserted.
South Korea said last year that most of the cash that flowed into the jointly run Kaesong complex was being diverted. It made the claim when it pulled out of the joint venture in response to the North’s launch of a long-range missile. (Reuters)
GENEVA – Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s pardon of his predecessor Alberto Fujimori is an appalling “slap in the face” for victims of human rights abuses and a major setback for the rule of law, a group of United Nations human rights experts said yesterday.
“A humanitarian pardon has been granted to someone convicted of serious crimes after a fair trial, whose guilt is not in question and who does not meet the legal requirements for a pardon,” they said in a statement. (Reuters)
MONTGOMERY – Alabama’s secretary of state said yesterday officials would certify Democrat Doug Jones the winner of the state’s US Senate race, despite a challenge filed the day before by Roy Moore, the conservative Republican whose campaign was derailed by accusations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls.
Moore’s challenge on Wednesday said there had been potential voter fraud in the December 12 election that denied him a chance of victory. (Reuters)