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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.

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