LONDON: A bomb wrapped in a plastic grocery bag concealed in a bucket exploded at 8.20am (9.20am SA time) on Friday on a London subway train. The explosion and panic left 29 people injured. No one died. It was the fifth terrorist attack in Britain this year.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility in a message on its Amaq news site that said a “detachment” of its disciples had carried out the attack, suggesting more than one assailant. – New York Times
Kim’s tough talk
SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says his country is nearing its goal of “equilibrium” in military force with the US, as the UN Security Council condemned the North’s “provocative” ballistic missile launch over Japan on Friday.
The North’s official Korean Central News Agency carried Kim’s comments yesterday. The missile travelled 3700km before landing in the ocean – the North’s longest test flight of a ballistic missile. – AP
Javan tiger sighted
JAKARTA: Park rangers in Indonesia may have spotted an animal thought to live only in folklore and history books: a Javan tiger, declared extinct more than 40 years ago.
Rangers at Ujung Kulon National Park last month photographed a big cat unlike any seen in the reserve. The pictures, released this week, set off speculation the legendary species was alive, and offered positive news to a country where natural places are being destroyed. – New York Times
Crackdown on gays
ZANZIBAR: Authorities in Tanzania’s semiautonomous region of Zanzibar have detained 20 people accused of engaging in same-sex activities, police said yesterday, the latest incident in a crackdown on homosexuality in the East African country.
Twelve women and eight men were arrested following a police raid on a hotel where the suspects were attending a workshop, said a police chief.
Homosexuality is a crime in Tanzania. – AP
Harry Stanton dies
LOS ANGELES: Actor Harry Dean Stanton died at the Cedars-sinai Hospital in Los Angeles on Friday, aged 91.
Stanton was famous for his roles in Alien and Twin Peaks, but his final performance – in Lucky – airs this month. His big break was in 1984, in Paris, Texas.
Critic Roger Ebert said he “inhabited the darker corners of American noir (with) ... a sad poetry”. – Daily Mail