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INDIA

Iranians blamed for blast

Police have said that a bomb attack on an Israeli diplomat’s wife was connected to a failed attack in Bangkok the next day blamed on a group of Iranian men. Israel has accused Iran of carrying out both attacks as well as being responsible for a failed bombing in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Iran has denied any involvement. Police issued arrest warrants earlier this week for three Iranians who have already left the country but were accused of involvement in the Delhi blast on Feb. 13. Delhi police commissioner B.K. Gupta told reporters on Friday that one of the men had been in contact with Masoud Sedaghatzadeh, who was arrested in Malaysia and is accused of involvement in the blast in the Thai capital.

GERMANY

Harley hearse a big hit

A man says people are dying for a ride in the sidecar of one of his Harleys — -literally. Joerg Grossmann said on Friday that his prototype hearse for die-hard bikers who want to ride until the very end — a special sidecar fitted to his motorcycle — made its first funeral run last month. The original is a Kawasaki, but the 48-year-old from near Frankfurt said 10 patented Harley hearses, each costing about 60,000 euros (US$78,000), are being assembled and will be ready later this year. He is counting on 1,000 bookings a year nationwide at a cost of 1,200 euros each, compared with 200 euros for a normal hearse.

THE NETHERLANDS

More PIP implants targeted

Health authorities on Thursday recommended the removal of breast implants manufactured by French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) that were done before 2001. “Women who had a PIP breast implant before 2001 should have themselves examined by a doctor and, in consultation, eventually have the implants removed,” the government’s health watchdog said in a statement. The watchdog followed a probe by Dutch investigative TV program Zembla, which discovered that “several hundred” women received PIP implants as early as 1997, public broadcaster NOS reported.

ISRAEL

Army kills man on border

One man was killed and three wounded and arrested on Thursday in an exchange of gunfire on the border with Egypt, the Israeli army said. “After giving chase, the army arrested three injured suspects and evacuated them by helicopter to an Israeli hospital.” The body of a fourth man was found along the border. Border security incidents have increased in recent months and the government has warned that lawlessness in post-revolution Egypt is allowing militants to use Sinai to stage attacks against the Jewish state.

UNITED STATES

Bin Laden targeted Obama

Before his death, al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden ordered his followers in Afghanistan and Pakistan to attack the aircraft of US President Barack Obama, the Washington Post reported on Friday. The report, which cited documents seized at the Pakistan compound where bin Laden was killed by US forces, said the al-Qaeda leader also sought to kill General David Petraeus, who then headed international forces in Afghanistan. Bin Laden wanted to kill the president because “Obama is the head of infidelity and killing him automatically will make [Vice President Joe] Biden take over the presidency,” according to a document allegedly from the compound.

PERU

At least 15 die in bus crash

At least 15 people were killed and six injured on Friday in the north when a bus left a road and fell 200m into a ravine, police said. The cause of the accident has not yet been announced. The bus driver was killed in the morning crash, which occurred in Morropon Province about 1,050km north of the capital, Lima. “We have so far identified 15 killed,” police officer Luis Barreto said. The injured were transported to the nearest hospital in Morropon. The country’s roads are among the most treacherous in Latin America, accounting for an average of 3,300 deaths per year over the past decade among its nearly nearly 30 million residents.

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