World & Nation in 60 Seconds

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World & Nation in 60 Seconds


Suicide bomber in Kabul:

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A suicide bomber struck Kabul's first Western-style shopping mall, killing two security guards at the entrance in the second attack in less than a month targeting a site frequented by foreigners and upscale Afghans in the heavily secured capital. The Kabul City Center shopping mallalso houses the four-star Safi Landmark hotel. Two more people were wounded in Monday's blast.

Tunisians seek refuge in Italy:

LAMPEDUSA, Italy -- A month after massive protests ousted Tunisia's longtime dictator, waves of Tunisians are voting with their feet, fleeing the country's political limbo by climbing into rickety boats and sailing across the Mediterranean to Europe.More than 5,000 illegal immigrants have recently washed up on Italy's southern islands an unintended consequence of the "people's revolution" that ousted autocrat Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and inspired the uprisings in Egypt and beyond.

Official killed by drug gang:

MONTERREY, Mexico -- Gunmen killed the top intelligence officer of northern Nuevo Leon state and then torched his car, one of the boldest attacks on security officials in a region where drug-gang violence has besieged Mexico's wealthiest city. Homero Salcido Trevino's body was found in a smoldering car abandoned in downtown Monterrey, the state government said in a statement Monday.

Tragic casualties of war:

UNITED NATIONS -- An increasing number of children have been killed and injured in the conflict in Afghanistan, mostly by the Taliban and other anti-government groups, according to a U.N. report released Monday. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in the report, which covers a two-year period from September 1, 2008 to Aug. 30, 2010, that children continue to be victims of suicide and rocket attacks, improvised explosive devices, and military operations by the Taliban and other armed groups as well as Afghan and international forces.

Spree suspect's history:

NEW YORK -- The man accused in a bloody stabbing rampage that left four dead and four wounded across the city had a criminal history of minor drug arrests, writing graffiti and once threatened an acquaintance, but the case was dropped. Maksim Gelman never spent time in prison. There were no recorded incidents of serious violence. Until the day his 56-year-old stepfather was hacked to death, police had never been called to the home he shared with his family, according to arrest records obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

Probation for al-Qaida member:

NEW YORKAn al-Qaida operative who helped set up the camp where the 2005 London suicide bombers were trained has been sentenced to 10 years of probation after serving only five years in prison. …

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