Explosions in India leave 67 dead, 210 wounded

NEW DELHI: A series of apparently synchronized explosions tore through four towns in the troubled state of Assam in northeastern India yesterday, killing at least 67 people and leaving more than 210 wounded, according to witnesses and police. The bombs targeted crowded markets and government buildings like courts and police stations, witnesses said. The attacks, among the bloodiest in recent months, left streets littered with bodies and the wreckage of cars and motorcycles, according to witnesses and photographers at the scene. There were no immediate reports that any group had taken responsibility for the bombings. According to witnesses and the police, at least nine blasts rocked the four towns attacked yesterday, including three in the state capital, Guwahati. One of the bombs there had been left in the parking lot of the district court.


Arrest made in May immigration bust

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa: A former manager of a kosher slaughterhouse raided by federal immigration agents in May has been arrested. Immigration agents arrested Sholom Rubashkin, son of company owner Abraham Aaron Rubashkin, yesterday in Postville. The 49-year-old will face charges of conspiracy to harbor undocumented immigrants for financial gain, aiding and abetting document fraud and aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft. Agents raided the Agriprocessors plant May 12, arresting 389 people in what officials said was one of the largest single-site immigration busts in U.S. history.


Suicide bomber kills 5 in Afghan city center

KABUL, Afghanistan: Underscoring the deteriorating security situation in the Afghan capital, a suicide bomber managed yesterday to make his way into a heavily guarded government ministry in the city center and set off a powerful explosion. At least five other people were killed and more than a dozen people hurt. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which President Hamid Karzai's office condemned as "heinous."

Iran testing process for nuclear program

VIENNA, Austria: Iran has recently tested ways of recovering highly enriched uranium from waste reactor fuel in a covert bid to expand its nuclear program, according to an intelligence assessment made available to the Associated Press. The intelligence, provided by a member of the 145-nation International Atomic Energy Agency, also says a report will soon be submitted to the Iranian leadership for a decision on whether to go ahead with the project. The alleged tests loosely replicate Saddam Hussein's attempts to build the bomb nearly two decades ago. But experts question the conclusion by those providing the intelligence that Tehran, too, is trying to reprocess the fuel to make a nuclear weapon.

Man convicted in overseas torture case

MIAMI: A federal jury convicted the son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor yesterday in the first case brought under a 1994 U.S. law allowing prosecution for torture and atrocities committed overseas. Charles McArthur Emmanuel, also known as Charles "Chuckie" Taylor Jr., was convicted of torture, firearms and conspiracy and faces life in prison, with sentencing set for Jan. 9.