World briefs: Court avoids oil dispute

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HOUSTON— A U.S. judge said on Tuesday her court “has no jurisdiction” over a tanker near Texas loaded with Kurdish crude oil because it is some 60 miles offshore, meaning the order she issued earlier to seize the $100 million cargo cannot be enforced at this time.

Federal magistrate Nancy K. Johnson said the dispute between Iraq’s central government and the Regional Government of Kurdistan should be resolved in Iraq. Iraq scrambled to gain control of a cargo of Kurdish oil worth $100 million off the Texas coast on Tuesday after a U.S. judge ordered its seizure in a bid by Baghdad to halt oil sales by the autonomous region of Kurdistan.

Baghdad’s lawyers on Monday laid claim to the oil, saying the cargo of some 1 million barrels of crude from Iraqi Kurdistan was sold without its permission.

Karzai cousin killed

KABUL, Afghanistan — Hashmat Khalil Karzai, a cousin of President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan and a powerful supporter of the presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, was killed by a suicide bomber in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday as he greeted well-wishers at his home, government officials and a witness said.

Hashmat Karzai was killed instantly when a young man embraced him and set off a bomb in his turban, according to these accounts of the attack in Kandahar province.

The bombing comes as political and security tensions have been rising in Afghanistan. Insurgent attacks in Kandahar province in recent days have rattled the population, which had only relatively recently begun to enjoy a period of peace and security.

The country is also mired in political uncertainty as the presidential runoff election between Ahmadzai and his opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, has been halted amid allegations of widespread fraud and threats of violence, forcing organizers to conduct a full audit of the June poll.

Neither the Taliban nor anyone else has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Canada, China dispute

OTTAWA— Canada on Tuesday took the unusual step of singling out Chinese hackers for attacking a key computer network and lodged a protest with Beijing, raising tensions at a time when Ottawa wants to boost oil sales to China.

Officials said “a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor” had recently broken into the National Research Council. The council, the government's leading research body, works with major companies such as aircraft and train maker Bombardier Inc.

Beijing dismissed the allegation as groundless.

Path to crash site

KIEV, Ukraine — A Ukrainian military offensive could finally be clearing a path to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, government officials said Tuesday, a development that could affect both the investigation into the downed airliner and Ukraine’s war effort.

Safety concerns prevented more than 60 investigators from Australia and the Netherlands from reaching the site of the downed jet for a third consecutive day Tuesday.

Stowaway’s body found

WASHINGTON — The body of a teen stowaway was found in the wheel well of a U.S. military plane in Germany on Sunday night, military officials said.

The victim, described as an “adolescent black male, possibly of African origins,” was found during a routine inspection of a C-130J military aircraft at Ramstein Air Base, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Department of Defense.


-- Compiled from wire reports


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