First woman bomber dies in Pakistan.PESHAWAR: A female suicide bomber Though the majority of suicide bombers have been male, female suicide bombers have carried out a number of attacks since 1985.
The first known suicide attack by a woman was carried out in Lebanon on April 9, 1985. , apparently aiming to attack a military post, blew herself up yesterday near a Christian school A Christian School is a school run on Christian principles or by a Christian organization.
The nature of Christian schools varies enormously from country to country according to the religious, educational, and political culture. , officials said, in what was believed to be Pakistan's first known case of a suicide attack suicide attack suicide n → Selbstmordanschlag m by a woman. A police officer said the woman was walking near a Christian missionary school and a military checkpoint in the northwestern city of Peshawar when explosives strapped to her body went off, killing her instantly. There were no other casualties. Interior Ministry spokesman said the female bomber tried to approach the military post but was stopped by troops and then blew herself up.
"I think this has been the first suicide bombing Noun 1. suicide bombing - a terrorist bombing carried out by someone who does not hope to survive it
bombing - the use of bombs for sabotage; a tactic frequently used by terrorists
suicide bombing n → by a woman," he told a weekly news conference at the ministry in the capital, Islamabad.
British soldier killed in Afghan blast
LONDON: A British soldier was killed and two others wounded yesterday when their vehicle was hit by an explosion while on patrol in southern Afghanistan. The death brings to 85 the number of British armed forces personnel who have been killed in operations since October 2001. "The soldiers were conducting a tactical patrol to the north of Sangin, Helmand Province, when the vehicle they were travelling in was caught in an explosion," the Defence Ministry said. "Despite the best efforts of the medical team, one of the soldiers sadly died as a result of his wounds. The other two soldiers are currently receiving medical treatment and their injuries are not thought to be life threatening," it added.
US to stay silent on Saudi arms deal Noun 1. arms deal - a deal to provide military arms
business deal, deal, trade - a particular instance of buying or selling; "it was a package deal"; "I had no further trade with him"; "he's a master of the business deal"
WASHINGTON: The State Department has agreed to wait until January to announce plans to sell precision-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia (sä`dē ərā`bēə, sou`–, sô–), officially Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, kingdom (2005 est. pop. , after senior-ranking US legislators said they wanted more time to review the deal. While members were briefed on the deal last month, the official announcement would kick off a 30-day review period during which legislators could move to block it. In a private telephone call, Representative Tom Lantos Thomas Peter "Tom" Lantos, Ph.D (born February 1 1928, Budapest, Hungary as Lantos Tamás Péter) has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1981, representing California's 12th congressional district, located in the southwest part of San , Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee See also United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
The Foreign Affairs Committee is one of many Select Committees of the British House of Commons, which scrutinises the work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. , asked Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to wait until next month when members will have more time to review the deal. Congress faces a jam-packed schedule for the next couple of weeks, before departing for a holiday break next month. Rice agreed to wait until Congress returns on January 15. While blocking foreign arms sales is extremely rare by Congress, the Bush administration's plans to sell Saudi Arabia such sophisticated weaponry has raised eyebrows on both sides of the aisle.
Somali president in Kenya hospital
BAIDOA, Somalia: Turmoil struck the Somali government yesterday as a fifth minister resigned in a power-sharing dispute a day after being appointed, and the president was urgently flown to a hospital in Kenya's capital. A security official described President Abdullahi Yusuf, 72, as being in a "serious condition" when he arrived in Nairobi from Somalia. But the government and Yusuf's doctor played down the threat to his health.
China rejects UK spying charges
BEIJING: China's Foreign Ministry yesterday denied a report claiming Chinese agencies were spying on British companies via the Internet. The Times of London reported that Jonathan Evans Jonathan Evans may refer to:
steer, tip, wind, hint, lead . But Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman denied the report, saying China opposed computer hacking and that it was co-operating with British authorities.
Di driver 'was drinking despite rules'
LONDON: A manager at the Ritz Hotel
The Ritz Hotel London is a 133-room hotel located in Piccadilly and overlooking Green Park in London. History
Famed Swiss hotelier César Ritz opened the hotel on May 24, 1906. in Paris said yesterday that he knew the driver for Princess Diana Noun 1. Princess Diana - English aristocrat who was the first wife of Prince Charles; her death in an automobile accident in Paris produced intense national mourning (1961-1997)
Diana, Lady Diana Frances Spencer, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed had been drinking before their fatal crash, but he felt he was not in a position to object. Thierry Rocher told the British coroner's inquest See under Inquest.
an inquest held by a coroner to determine the cause of any violent, sudden, or mysterious death. See Coroner.
See also: Coroner Inquest that the driver, Henri Paul Henri Paul (July 3, 1956–August 31, 1997) was the French Deputy Head of Security at the Hôtel Ritz Paris and was driving at the time of the car accident that killed him along with Diana, Princess of Wales, and her companion Dodi Fayed. , was acting director of security at the hotel and had a special relationship with the Fayed family and top management. Had any other employee been seen drinking while working, Rocher said, "reports would have been drafted and that person surely would have been dismissed." Paul's drinking is a key issue in the inquest's examination of the deaths of the princess and her boyfriend of six weeks.
German jailed for racist attack
BERLIN: A court convicted a 23-year-old German man yesterday of a racially motivated attack on a group of Indians in eastern Germany in August and sentenced him to eight months in prison. Before he was found guilty of racial incitement in·cite
tr.v. in·cit·ed, in·cit·ing, in·cites
To provoke and urge on: troublemakers who incite riots; inciting workers to strike. See Synonyms at provoke. , Frank Dietrich confessed to taking part in the attack on a group of eight Indian men in the town of Muegeln. He apologised to one of the victims. Dietrich is the third of four suspects to be convicted for the Muegeln attack, but the only one so far to sentenced to prison.
Sarkozy's mother opposes marriage
PARIS: The mother of French President Nicolas Sarkozy does not want him to marry again and told a French magazine she has "had enough of brides". Andree Sarkozy, 80, told Point de Vue magazine her son should have no trouble finding a new woman after divorcing his wife Cecilia. "You know, in his post, he can only have the difficulty of choosing. But I hope that no one will get married again. I've had enough of brides," Sarkozy told the magazine. Andree Sarkozy, who accompanied her son on a recent trip to China, said she had got on well with Cecilia but was not close to Cecilia's daughters. "They are distant. Very cold, a bit like their mum," she was quoted as saying by the magazine.
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