World briefs: Bomber injures 18 in Dagestan

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MAKHACHKALA, Russia -- A female suicide bomber blew herself up Saturday in the southern Russian region of Dagestan, injuring at least 18, including two children and five police officers.

The attacker was identified as a widow of two Islamic radicals killed by security forces.

It was the first suicide bombing in Dagestan since the Boston Marathon attacks last month. The Tsarnaev brothers suspected of carrying out those blasts are ethnic Chechens who lived in this turbulent Caucasus province before moving to the U.S. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the elder brother who was killed in a shootout with police days after the April 15 bombings, spent six months in Dagestan in 2012.

Kerry presses Nigeria

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Making his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa as secretary of state, John Kerry urged Nigeria on Saturday to uphold human rights as it steps up its fight against Islamic extremists.

Mr. Kerry's visit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the African Union comes during a trip that is mainly devoted to Middle East diplomacy. Since he left Washington on Monday, Mr. Kerry has traveled to Oman, Israel and Jordan, to which he will return today.

12 die in mosque blast

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A blast during Friday night prayers at a mosque in Ghazni province's Andar district central Afghanistan killed 12 people, eight of them Taliban insurgents, officials said Saturday.

Also Saturday, a would-be suicide bomber in the capital, Kabul, died when his explosives-rigged vest detonated early, The Associated Press reported police as saying.

Guerrilla ambush kills 16

NEW DELHI -- At least 16 people, including a prominent politician, were killed Saturday when Maoist guerrillas ambushed a convoy of political leaders in the state of Chhattisgarh, the authorities said. Among the dead were five police officers.

The politician, Mahendra Karma, a senior member of the Chhattisgarh Indian National Congress Party, was killed while the state party president, Nandkumar Patel, as well as his newly married son have gone missing, Mukesh Gupta, a state police official, said in an telephone interview late Saturday night.

French soldier stabbed

PARIS -- A French soldier was stabbed in the throat Saturday in a busy commercial district outside Paris, and the government said it was trying to determine if there were any links to the killing of a British soldier by suspected Islamic extremists.

French President Francois Hollande said the identity of the attacker, who escaped from the La Defense shopping area, was unknown. The life of the 23-year-old soldier was not in danger, the Interior Ministry said.

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Sixteen schoolchildren and a teacher burned to death early Saturday in the eastern Pakistani city of Gujrat when a short-circuit near a leaking gas tank caused their minibus to burst into flames. ... Interpol on Friday rejected a Russian request for a worldwide police hunt for William Browder, a British investment banker and a Kremlin nemesis who has made no secret of his whereabouts or of his battle against the government of President Vladimir Putin over accusations of human rights abuses. ... Metropolitan Police investigating the killing of Lee Rigby, a 25-year-old soldier who was run over by attackers and then butchered by knives, arrested three more men in the murder investigation Saturday.

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