World briefs: Taliban strike police fortress

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KABUL, Afghanistan — A Taliban suicide bomber killed at least four foreign security guards on Tuesday, steering an explosives-laden motorcycle into an Afghan police compound and past several checkpoints before blowing up in an area occupied by trainers from DynCorp International, a U.S. military contractor.

The victims, three from Nepal and one from Peru,were guarding the entrance to buildings used by DynCorp within a fortified compound run by the Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan, said Sayed Mahdi Kazemi, a spokesman for the counternarcotics force. Seven other people were wounded, including an Afghan prosecutor.

Mr. Kazemi said the police compound also houses the offices of Afghanistan’s deputy interior minister for counternarcotics.

Iraqi presidency

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s parliament will meet today to elect a new president, a crucial step toward naming a new prime minister and government, but questions are growing about whether anyone can save the country after the collapse of its army and the loss of as much as half its territory to the radical Islamic State.

In a sign of the erosion of political order, 100 people are competing in today’s vote.

The most prominent candidate is Barham Salih, a former prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, a moderate politician who has lines out to nearly every other faction.

Obama aide in Germany

WASHINGTON — In a sign of just how much German-American relations have frayed, President Barack Obama sent his chief of staff to Berlin to try to smooth over the rupture caused by recent revelations of U.S. spying on its ally, White House officials said Tuesday.

Denis R. McDonough, the president’s chief of staff, met with his German counterpart in Berlin on Tuesday for what White House officials called “intensive talks.”

Nigerian president

ABUJA, Nigeria — President Goodluck Jonathan met for the first time Tuesday with parents of 219 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls and dozens of classmates who managed to escape from their Islamic extremist captors.

He assured them of his determination that those still in captivity “are brought out alive,” a spokesman said.

Populist wins presidency

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Joko Widodo, the governor of Jakarta whose common touch has made him a political phenomenon, was declared the winner of Indonesia’s presidential election on Tuesday, completing an improbable ascent from child of the slums to leader of the world’s fourth most populous nation.

However, his opponent, Prabowo Subianto, a retired army general, rejected the results as fraudulent.

Body of fugitive tycoon

SEOUL, South Korea — A tycoon and religious sect leader identified as the de facto owner of the South Korean ferry that sank in April, killing more than 300 people, has been found dead, police said Tuesday.

The body of Yoo Byung-eun, 73, who has been on the run since the disaster, was discovered in a field in the southwestern city of Suncheon on June 12 and his identity was recently confirmed through DNA and fingerprint analysis.

Compiled from wire services


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