Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

8 Afghan Officers Killed

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

8 Afghan Officers Killed

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KABUL, Afghanistan - A suicide bomber killed eight Afghan air force officers Wednesday after boarding a bus carrying them through central Kabul, in one of the first major attacks in the capital in months.

The morning attack in the Karte-Sakhi neighborhood left a scene of carnage on the street, with limbs and blood lining the road and clinging to tree branches. The Defense Ministry reported that 13 people had also been seriously wounded in the blast.

Violence in Kabul has been relatively muted in the last few months, especially compared with spring, when a series of attacks before the first round of the presidential elections rattled residents.

While the Taliban managed to create an atmosphere of terror in the city before the April vote, bombings and attacks have largely been absent since.

Pistorius suicide risk

PRETORIA, South Africa- South African paralympic and Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius has post traumatic stress disorder and is at an increasing risk of suicide, according to a psychiatric report read out at his murder trial on Wednesday.

Mr. Pistorius, a double amputee athlete, could face life in prison if he is found guilty of murdering his law graduate and model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot and killed at his high security home in Pretoria on Feb. 14 last year.

His defense team have sought throughout the trial to portray Mr. Pistorius as a vulnerable individual who killed 29-year-old Ms. Steenkamp accidentally after mistaking her for an intruder hiding behind a closed toilet door.

Sarkozy investigated

PARIS - Nicolas Sarkozy, the former president of France who is trying to revive his political fortunes, was put under formal investigation Wednesday in a corruption and influence-peddling case, news agencies reported.

The latest twist in a case that has gripped France came a day after Mr. …

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