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15 die in Pak blast

Peshawar, Dec. 17 (Reuters): A blast in a market in northwest Pakistan today killed at least 15 people, a security official said.

The official said at least 20 people had been wounded in the blast in the market in the Khyber region, near the border with Afghanistan.

Pakistani TV channels broadcast pictures of wrecked cars and pick-up trucks damaged in the blast, which took place near rows of shops.

Bangla fire

Dhaka (AP): A Bangladesh government committee probing the garment factory fire that killed 112 people last month said in its findings on Monday that the blaze was sabotage, probably by someone who worked there.

Chavez fight

Caracas (Reuters): Hugo Chavez’s supporters dedicated their regional election win to the absent Venezuelan President and turned attention back on Monday to his fight to recover from cancer surgery.

ANC threat

Bloemfontein, South Africa (Reuters): South African police said on Monday they had foiled a plot by suspected Right-wing Afrikaner extremists targeting an ANC conference.


 
 
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