World Briefs: Interpreter was part of a mob

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JOHANNESBURG -- Just when it seemed the scandal over the bogus sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial had run its course, a cousin and three friends say he was part of a mob that accosted two men found with a stolen television and burned them to death by setting fire to tires placed around their necks.

Thamsanqa Jantjie never went to trial for the 2003 killings when other suspects did because authorities determined he was not mentally fit to stand trial, the four told Associated Press Monday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the fake signing fiasco, which has deeply embarrassed South Africa's government and prompted a high-level investigation into how it happened.

Their account of the killings matched a description of the crime and the outcome for Mr. Jantjie that he himself described in an interview published by the Sunday Times of Johannesburg.

"It was a community thing, what you call mob justice, and I was also there," he told the newspaper.

65 killed in Iraq attacks

BAGHDAD -- A double car bombing and a shooting killed 34 Shiite Muslims on pilgrimage in Iraq on Monday, the deadliest in a wave of attacks across the country that left at least 65 dead.

Police officials said the worst attack took place Monday night in the southern Baghdad suburb of al-Rasheed, when two car bombs struck a group of Shiite pilgrims walking to the holy Shiite city of Karbala, killing 23 and wounding 55.

Hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims are making their way to the city to commemorate Arbaeen, the end of 40 days of mourning following the anniversary of the death of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein, a revered Shiite figure.

Earlier, gunmen opened fire on a bus in Mosul that was carrying Shiite pilgrims, killing 11 and wounding eight.

Mideast border trouble

JERUSALEM -- Israeli troops shot two Lebanese soldiers early Monday, hours after a Lebanese army sniper killed an Israeli soldier as he drove along the volatile border late at night, the Israeli military said.

In the incident late Sunday, Israeli soldier Shlomi Cohen, 31, was fatally shot by a Lebanese army sniper near the tourist site of Rosh Hanikra on the Mediterranean Sea, the Israeli military said.

Late Monday, the Lebanese army said the original shooting was the result of "individual behavior by one of the soldiers."

India rape remembered

NEW DELHI -- Hundreds of people in New Delhi on Monday retraced the route that a young paramedical student took home from a movie a year ago when she was fatally gang-raped by six men on a moving bus, an incident that fueled a national outcry against sexual assaults.

The three spots that attracted most protesters were the theater the victim came out of on the night of Dec. 16, 2012; the stop where she boarded the bus; and finally the highway where she and her male friend were thrown out of the bus by the rapists and left to die.

Also in the world ...

Sixteen people, including two policemen, were killed late Sunday in a clash between Chinese police and ethnic Uighurs near the far western city of Kashgar, one of a string of similar incidents in the ethnically divided region. ... Five people were killed Monday in Bangladesh as police and protesters clashed over the execution of Abdul Quader Molla, a top figure in the opposition party, who was hanged last week for crimes against humanity dating back to the country's 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.


-- Compiled from news services


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