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KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber killed eight Afghan air force officers Wednesday after boarding a bus carrying them through central Kabul, in one of the first major attacks in the capital in months.

The morning attack in the Karte-Sakhi neighborhood left a scene of carnage on the street, with limbs and blood lining the road and clinging to tree branches. The Defense Ministry reported that 13 people had also been seriously wounded in the blast.

Violence in Kabul has been relatively muted in the last few months, especially compared with spring, when a series of attacks before the first round of the presidential elections rattled residents.

While the Taliban managed to create an atmosphere of terror in the city before the April vote, bombings and attacks have largely been absent since.

Pistorius suicide risk

PRETORIA, South Africa— South African paralympic and Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius has post traumatic stress disorder and is at an increasing risk of suicide, according to a psychiatric report read out at his murder trial on Wednesday.

Mr. Pistorius, a double amputee athlete, could face life in prison if he is found guilty of murdering his law graduate and model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot and killed at his high security home in Pretoria on Feb. 14 last year.

His defense team have sought throughout the trial to portray Mr. Pistorius as a vulnerable individual who killed 29-year-old Ms. Steenkamp accidentally after mistaking her for an intruder hiding behind a closed toilet door.

Sarkozy investigated

PARIS — Nicolas Sarkozy, the former president of France who is trying to revive his political fortunes, was put under formal investigation Wednesday in a corruption and influence-peddling case, news agencies reported.

The latest twist in a case that has gripped France came a day after Mr. Sarkozy was held for questioning by the police for 15 hours, the French media reported, an unprecedented indignity for a former French president. Mr. Sarkozy, a conservative who led the country from 2007 to 2012, was detained and questioned before being taken to a Paris court to meet with investigators. He was released after midnight, the French media reported.

Mr. Sarkozy, 59, has denied any wrongdoing and has said that the investigation is politically motivated.

U.K. probes Facebook

LONDON - The British data watchdog is investigating whether Facebook Inc violated data-protection laws when it allowed researchers to conduct a psychological experiment on its users.

A Facebook spokesman acknowledged that the experiment on nearly 700,000 unwitting users in 2012 had upset users and said the company would change the way it handled research in future. Facebook has said it is cooperating with regulators.

The study, to find if Facebook could alter the emotional state of users and prompt them to post either more positive or negative content, has caused a furor on social media, including Facebook itself.

Payment system hacked

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Cyber criminals may have stolen billions of dollars from a popular Brazilian online payment system using malicious software that caused the funds to be sent to accounts controlled by fraudsters, according to a research report released Wednesday.

EMC Corp's RSA Security said cyber criminals have been using software known as “Eupuds” to steal funds from customers of Brazil's widely used Boleto Bancário payment system, redirecting them to fraudulent accounts.

RSA estimates that fraudsters sought to siphon off as much as 8.6 billion reais ($3.9 billion) from more than 192,000 accounts.

Compiled from wire services



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