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Nine killed, 42 hurt in Baghdad explosion
BAGHDAD, Iraq
A parked car bomb in central Baghdad killed nine people and wounded 42 yesterday, police said.
Reuters witnesses saw a cloud of brown smoke rising over the area at a busy traffic intersection on the east side of the Tigris river in the center of the Iraqi capital.
Police said the victims were civilians. At least one woman and one child were among the dead. The bomb struck while many in the capital were attending Friday prayers.
West Bank shooting
RAMALLAH, West Bank
Israeli troops killed a member of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's security force near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah yesterday, Palestinian security sources and the army said.
Palestinian security forces said Mo'tasem al-Sharif, a security guard for Abbas's chief negotiator, Ahmed Qurie, was shot dead by Israeli forces.
An Israeli army spokesman said Sharif opened fire on troops who went to arrest him. The spokesman said Sharif was alleged to be involved in supplying ammunition to militants in the Ramallah area.
Bodies found in cave
LONDON, England
Two bodies have been found by police and rescue teams in a cave in North Yorkshire, police said yesterday.
The bodies were recovered at 3:22 a.m. (British time) after a woman called police to say her husband was missing.
Police have yet to identify the bodies, found at Yordas Cave, near Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales.
The extensive cave system at Yordas is popular with cavers and potholers.
No missile plans
MOSCOW, Russia
The federal agency overseeing Russia's military exports yesterday denied reports that the country is planning to deliver S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Iran.
Iran's defense minister said this week that Russia is preparing to equip Iran with the missile systems that would dramatically increase the country's ability to repel an attack.
But the Federal Military-Technical Cooperation Service denied the claim in a brief statement.
"The question of deliveries of S-300 systems to Iran, which has now arisen in the mass media, is not currently taking place, is not being considered and is not being discussed at this time with the Iranian side," said the agency, known by its Russian initials, FSVTS.
Zimbabwe drownings
HARARE, Zimbabwe
Seven people drowned when flood waters swept their truck down a raging river in remote southern Zimbabwe, police said yesterday.
The incident Thursday brought the number of drownings in heavy seasonal rains in the past month to at least 21, said police spokesman Andrew Phiri.
Hundreds of families have been left homeless across the country during rains the state forecast office said are expected to continue for another week as heavy cloud bands head south from Angola, Congo and Zambia.
In the northern Muzarabani district at least 600 traditional mud-and-pole-built village homes were washed away in storms, along with crops and goats, pigs and poultry, the state civil protection unit reported.


Updated : 2021-03-08 14:35 GMT+08:00