World Briefs: Blasts kill 82 in Nigeria

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KADUNA, Nigeria -- At least 82 people were killed on Wednesday in two suicide bombings in the north Nigerian city of Kaduna, one aimed at opposition leader and ex-president Muhammadu Buhari and another at a moderate Muslim cleric about to lead a crowd in prayer.

The attacks bore the hallmarks of Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which considers all those who do not share its views to be enemies. But it may also have been linked to politics before the 2015 elections.

In the deadliest attack, a bomber in a car full of explosives hurtled towards Mr. Buhari's convoy at the crowded Kawo market, his son told Reuters on the scene and police said later. A Red Cross official said at least 50 people were killed there.

Nigeria suffers from the world's deadliest "terror attacks," with an average of 24 deaths per incident out of 146 recorded in the year through June, according to areport released Wednesday by Maplecroft, a British-based risk consultancy firm.

Indonesian vote challenge

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Prabowo Subianto, the former army general who was declared the loser in Indonesia's emotionally charged presidential election, will appeal the results to the country's Constitutional Court, claiming that there were widespread irregularities in the voting, senior advisers to his campaign said Wednesday.

Indonesia's General Elections Commission announced Tuesday night that Joko Widodo, the populist governor of Jakarta, had beaten Mr. Prabowo in the July 9 election by a margin of more than 8 million votes, with 53 percent of the vote to Prabowo's 47 percent.

Nearly 135 million Indonesians voted at more than 480,000 polling stations during the hotly contested election, in which voters chose a new president for the first time in 10 years.

Shipwrecked Concordia

GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy -- The Costa Concordia cruise liner began its final voyage Wednesday, slowly being towed away from the tiny Italian island where it capsized in January 2012, killing 32 people.

Boat sirens wailed and bells tolled on the island just before two tugboats pulled the Concordia away from Giglio's port, where the luxury liner ended up on its side in pristine Mediterranean waters, after being gashed by a reef it struck when its captain steered too close to the island.

The tugs are bringing the crippled ship on a four-day journey to the northwestern port of Genoa, which is home to the ship's owner, Costa Crociere Spa. The vessel will be scrapped there.

Iraq delays president pick

BAGHDAD -- Iraq's Parliament on Wednesday agreed to a 24-hour postponement of its vote for the country's next president after its Kurdish bloc failed to agree on a single candidate for the post traditionally reserved for a Kurd.

Iraq's political disarray was on display as Speaker Salim al-Jabouri announced that 41 people will vie for the post, which in previous years has been settled in advance in political deal-making.

Bulgaria PM resigns

SOFIA, Bulgaria -- Bulgarian lawmakers will vote as early as today on Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski's resignation after the worst banking crisis in 17 years threatens to kill a recovery in the Balkan country's economy.

The vote in the parliament today or Friday to oust the 16-month-old administration follows Mr. Oresharski's offer to step down yesterday. If approved, voters will go to the polls on Oct. 5, three years early.

-- Compiled from news services


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