Sui­cide bombers kill over 40 ‘No ev­i­dence’ of switch Par­don a ‘slap in the face’ Jones the winner in Alabama

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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)

Cadet Jaee­sha Sa­muel re­ceived a rous­ing ap­plause for her ren­di­tion of White Christ­mas. The com­bined choir that included chil­dren of the BDF mod­ernised the tra­di­tional O Lit­tle Town Of Beth­le­hem with the fu­sion of a dance­hall beat.

Many tol­er­ated the over­cast weather to en­joy the night’s fes­tiv­i­ties.

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