Briefly World: Bomb attacks kill at least 71 in Iraq

The Interior Ministry described the attacks as “terrorist explosions”.

Published: August 29, 2013 1:12 am

BAGHDAD: At least 71 people were killed and 201 wounded in a series of bombings and other attacks across Baghdad on Wednesday,police and medical sources said. The Interior Ministry described the attacks as “terrorist explosions” but said the number of people killed was only 20,with 213 wounded. reuters

UN,Iran to restart n-talks on Sept 27

VIENNA: Diplomats said Wednesday that Iran and the UN nuclear agency have agreed to restart talks focused on the agency’s attempts to probe suspicions that Tehran worked on atomic weapons. The diplomats said the long-deadlocked negotiations will resume September 27 and will focus on part of Iran’s Parchin military site,which the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency has long tried to access. AP

Egypt won’t dissolve Brotherhood

CAIRO: Egypt should not ban the Muslim Brotherhood or exclude it from the political process after the army’s overthrow of president Mohammed Morsi,interim Prime Minister Hazem-el-Beblawi said on Tuesday,in a softening of state rhetoric against the Islamist group. reuters

China: Woman gouges 6-yr-old boy’s eyes

BEIJING: A woman tricked a 6-year-old boy into going into a field in northern China,and then gouged out his eyes,police said Wednesday. The boy’s brutal ordeal happened Saturday in Shanxi province,police said adding the boy was recovering in a hospital,but had lost his sight permanently. AP

EU warns Pak over lifting death penalty ban

Islamabad: The EU has cautioned Pakistan against lifting the moratorium on the death penalty saying the proposed move will be viewed as a major setback by the 28-member bloc and could possibly affect Islamabad’s quest for duty-free access to European markets. “The EU is opposed to the capital punishment in all cases without exception. The EU delegation hopes that the moratorium on the death penalty will be extended,which will be a key step in the right direction,” Head of European Parliament Sub-Committee on Human Rights Ana Gomes said Tuesday. PTI

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