Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

World in Brief

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

World in Brief

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Kabul police hurt as bicycle bomb explodes next to bus A BOMB placed on a bicycle and detonated by remote control exploded next to a police bus in Kabul, wounding 11 police and civilians."They are targeting police," said Jan Agha, a police officer at the scene.

Militants have been stepping up attacks, including roadside and suicide bombings, across Afghanistan with foreign troops and Afghan security forces the most frequent targets. A suicide bomber killed 12 people and injured 40 last month outside the gates of the interior ministry, which oversees the country's police force.

Signs of recovery in New Orleans

A FEW indicators of recovery have emerged on the streets of New Orleans as signs knocked down during Hurricane Katrina are restored. The city estimates that nearly 20,000 signs will need to be replaced after floodwaters swamped the city last August.

Elsewhere in the city, two National Guards shot at a man suspected of wielding a weapon, officials said. The man, whom police did not identify, refused an order to drop an object - now thought to be a mobile phone - as he approached the soldiers. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

700 evacuated after landslide

A LANDSLIDE in Kuala Lumpur sent vehicles crashing down a hill onto a road below, prompting the evacuation of 700 people from their homes, the New Straits Times said today. There were no reported injuries among the residents, who have been housed at nearby multipurpose halls. A city official said the Malaysian authorities are still investigating the cause. Several landslides have occurred in the area in recent years, and are usually blamed on rapid development and deforestation.

Fans gather on Lennon's 66th

JOHN LENNON fans gathered in New York's Central Park to celebrate what would have been his 66th birthday. …

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