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Pak Shia blasts

Peshawar, July 26 (Reuters): Suicide bombers on motorcycles today blew themselves up within a minute of each other outside Shia mosques in a volatile Pakistani town near the Afghan border, killing at least 39 people, officials said.

The first explosion took place metres away from a Shia mosque near a busy market in Parachinar, capital of the tribal Kurram area. It was followed by a second blast, close to another mosque in the town.

Riaz Mahsud, the top administrator of the region, said 39 people were killed and 72 wounded.

Syria rebels

Beirut (Reuters): Syrian rebels say they have overrun army positions in the north and south of the country this week, including an offensive in which a rights monitoring group said 51 soldiers were executed.

Cartoon row

Singapore (Reuters): Singapore government lawyers have started legal proceedings that could result in a political cartoonist serving a jail term.

Pussy Riot

Saransk, Russia (Reuters): A jailed member of Russian female punk group Pussy Riot lost a court battle to be released but remained unrepentant.


 
 
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