World briefs (2/22/13)
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Pair of bombs kill 13 in India
HYDERABAD, India -- A pair of bombs exploded in a crowded shopping area in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, killing at least 13 people and wounding scores of others in the worst bombing in the country in more than a year, officials said.
The blasts occurred about two minutes apart Thursday outside a movie theater and a bus station, police said. Storefronts were shattered, motorcycles covered in debris, and food and plates from a roadside restaurant were scattered on the ground near a tangle of dead bodies. Passersby rushed the wounded out of the area.
The bombs were attached to two bicycles about 500 feet apart.
3 guilty in terror plot
LONDON -- Three men accused of plotting what would have been the biggest terrorist attack in Britain since the 2005 London transit bombings were found guilty on terrorism charges Thursday.
The three, British Muslims from the central English city of Birmingham, were accused of planning to set off up to eight bombs in backpacks in crowded places as part of a suicide rampage.
Although no date or target was set for the attack, authorities who secretly recorded conversations between the men arrested them in September 2011 out of concern that they posed an imminent threat.
China's Xi to visit Moscow
BEIJING -- The Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, has selected Moscow as his first foreign visit as president, to be followed immediately by a trip to South Africa for a summit of the group of leading emerging-market countries.
Mr. Xi's predecessor, Hu Jintao, also chose Moscow as his first overseas stop after assuming office, but this time, Mr. Xi's journey to Russia has a special significance, analysts say, coming as China tries to answer the Obama administration's pivot to Asia.
Mr. Xi will be working to ensure that China's relationship with Moscow, a sometimes prickly affair and one in which the balance of power has dramatically tilted in favor of China, is in good shape before he meets with President Barack Obama later in the year, analysts said.
Mexico abuse report
MEXICO CITY -- Security forces have taken part in many kidnappings and disappearances in Mexico, and the government's failure to investigate only compounds the anguish of their families, according to a scathing new report by the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch.
The report released Wednesday serves as an indictment of the administration of former President Felipe Calderon, who left office Dec. 1, and poses urgent challenges for his successor, Enrique Pena Nieto.
Against the backdrop of a military-led offensive against powerful drug cartels, an estimated 70,000 people were killed during Mr. Calderon's six-year term, according to authorities and media tallies. Thousands more, possibly more than 20,000, disappeared.
Ancient pyramid unearthed
BRUSSELS -- A mudbrick pyramid built about 3,300 years ago has been unearthed in the Egyptian city of Luxor by a team of Belgian scientists, universities in Brussels and Liege said Thursday.
The pyramid is thought to belong to a vizier, or senior adviser, called Khay, who worked under the reign of pharaoh Ramses II during around 1279-1213 B.C., judging by the stamp impressions found on the brick.
The vizier, who was the highest official under the pharaoh, would have supervised the workers in charge of building the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. Khay is known to Egyptologists through many documents.
The pyramid on the Luxor West Bank -- the site of the ancient city of Thebes -- originally stood about 50 feet high, and its side measured 39 feet.
-- Compiled from news services
First Published February 22, 2013 12:00 am