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AFGHANISTAN

Bomb strikes German convoy

A suicide car bomber struck a German military convoy in Kunduz yesterday, detonating explosives that killed three Afghan civilians and overturned at least one armored vehicle, officials and witnesses said. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack. The bomber blew his vehicle up shortly before 10am on a busy road on the edge of Kunduz city, near the airport. Three civilians were killed and 11 were wounded in the blast, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

PHILIPPINES

Bomb in bar wounds four

An improvised bomb has exploded at a bar in the restive southern Mindanao region, wounding four people, police said yesterday. Witnesses saw a man acting suspiciously and leaving quickly before the bomb exploded at the Starlight Videoke bar in Tacurong city on Saturday evening, national police spokesman Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz said. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, although Muslim separatist rebels and other armed gangs are known to operate in the area. The explosion came just days after the US Department of State warned of the risk of terrorist attacks in in parts of Mindanao, as well as in Manila.

CHINA

Flooding affects 2.6 million

More than 2 million people have been displaced or otherwise affected by flooding in Zhejiang Province. Xinhua news agency says torrential rains have left huge areas of the relatively wealthy province underwater, with 171,000 hectares of farmland inundated. Xinhua reported yesterday that almost 1,000 businesses have been forced to suspend operations and 2.6 million people have had their lives disrupted. Direct financial damages were estimated at almost 5 billion yuan (US$772 million).

POLAND

Plane crashes at airshow

A small plane lost control and plunged into a river on Saturday as it performed stunts at an air show. The pilot, the only person on board, was killed. The accident occurred in Plock as people gathered by the Vistula River for a picnic and the air show. The news station TVN24 broadcast images of the small plane doing aerobatics when it began spewing out plumes of dark smoke and then plunged into the water. Rescue workers pulled the pilot from the wreckage and tried to resuscitate him before sending him to a hospital. Several hours later, a hospital official said the pilot, Marek Szufa, died. The director of the Air Club of Mazovia that organized the show, Slawomir Adamkowski, said the cause of the crash was under investigation.

IRAN

Camp needs monitors: group

A leader of an exiled opposition group says the UN must monitor its camp in Iraq after a deadly April attack by the Iraqi army. Maryam Rajavi of the People’s Mujahedeen of Iran told thousands of followers at a gathering on Saturday outside Paris that UN monitors in Camp Ashraf is the most expedient short-term way to protect the 3,400 people living there. The camp was installed under former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and once used as a base to battle the clerical regime across the border in Iran. The US has labeled the Mujahedeen a terrorist group, and Rajavi says Washington is responsible for the situation in Ashraf because it has “shackled the main force for change in Iran.” An Iraqi army attack on the enclave killed up to 35 people and injured hundreds.

UNITED STATES

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