NEWS OF THE DAY
Iraq attack: A suicide bombing in Baghdad on Saturday killed eight people and wounded at least 10 others. Police and hospital officials said the blast targeted a police checkpoint. A number of officers were among the wounded. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. The number of bombings in Baghdad has decreased significantly over the past few months since the country’s security forces retook nearly all the territory once held by the Islamic State group.
Jewelry heist: Three suspects in a bold jewelry robbery that took place on the ground floor of Paris’ Ritz Hotel have been handed preliminary charges. A judicial official said Saturday that the three were jailed and put under investigation for organized armed robbery with arms, among other charges. Two alleged accomplices escaped after the Wednesday evening heist. Authorities have said they recovered all the stolen merchandise, which had an estimated value of about $5.4 million. According to police accounts, the three entered a service door, smashed jewelry stands with axes and threw bags of items out a window to the accomplices who fled in a car and on a scooter.
outcry: Members of a South African opposition party stormed into some H&M stores across the country Saturday to protest a promotional image of a black child wearing a sweatshirt with the words “Coolest monkey in the jungle.” Local media reports said the Economic Freedom Fighters urged malls to evict the Swedish clothing retailer, which has apologized after an outcry. People have called the image racist and inappropriate. H&M says it had removed the sweatshirt from sale. “We have got this wrong and we are deeply sorry,” a message on its South African website says.
India crash: A helicopter carrying employees of an Indian oil company to an offshore rig in the Arabian Sea crashed Saturday, killing five people and leaving two others missing, the navy said. The helicopter was carrying two pilots and five employees of the stateowned Oil and Natural Gas Commission from a Mumbai airfield to the oil rig when it disappeared, prompting a search operation, the navy said. The Press Trust of India news agency said the pilot lost contact with air traffic control soon after takeoff.
Trade pact: Japan has entered into a pact with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to boost economic and political ties with the three former Soviet republics. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis said after meeting Saturday that information technology, transportation and medicine are areas where Japan sees the most potential in the Baltic countries. Abe praised the harbor in Riga, Latvia’s capital, as “a successful center of transportation and logistics” that will allow Asian suppliers to deliver goods to the region. Latvia is the second leg of Abe’s six-nation European tour.
Pakistan slaying: A serial killer may have been behind the rape and slaying of young girl whose killing sparked deadly clashes between protesters and police, an official said Saturday. Rana Sanaullah, the home minister for Punjab province, said DNA testing linked the killing to at least five other cases of child abuse and murder in the city of Kasur. Police have detained eight suspects, including two relatives of the girl. Zainab Ansari, 8, went missing while heading to a nearby home for Quranic studies. The discovery of the girl’s body in a garbage bin Tuesday ignited clashes that killed two people.