World In Brief
Taliban rockets just miss Karzai
KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban militants trained a barrage of rockets on President Hamid Karzai on Sunday as he spoke with a group of elders in central Afghanistan, narrowly missing the Afghan leader.
A purported Taliban spokes-man said militants planned the strike after learning in advance about Karzai’s arrival — a sign of the group’s rising capabilities after a winter lull in violence.
It was the third attempt on Karzai’s life since he became president. The Afghan leader did not flinch as the rockets landed about 200 yards away, said Arif Yaqoubi, a local reporter.
Iranian detentions threaten relations
TEHRAN, Iran— Iran’s confirmation Sunday that it has detained a fourth Iranian-American — this one Ali Shakeri, a peace activist from California — seems certain to further rile relations between the two countries, already tense over Iran’s nuclear program.
The United States has criticized the detentions but Iran insists America has no right to interfere.
Journalists criticize Palestinian methods
JERUSALEM — Journalists on Sunday condemned Palestinian militants for using a television truck to disguise their assault on an Israeli military position, saying the new tactic would make their jobs significantly more dangerous.
In Saturday’s attack, four gunmen drove a white jeep with press markings in English and Arabic to a fence on the Gaza-Israel border, then broke through on foot and attacked a guard tower in a failed attempt to capture a soldier. Israeli troops killed one gunman, while the others escaped.
Reporters covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict often mark their cars to avoid being targeted. The incident Saturday marked the first time combatants have disguised themselves as reporters in an attack in the last seven years of violence.
Istanbul blast injures 14 people
ANKARA, Turkey — A small bomb exploded outside a clothing shop in Istanbul on Sunday, injuring 14 people and shattering nearby windows, police said, amid heightened tensions over attacks by separatist Kurdish rebels.
Istanbul police chief Celalettin Cerrah said 14 people were injured when the explosion shattered windows of several nearby businesses, sending glass flying.
Pakistan will fight nuclear terror
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan will join an international initiative aimed at keeping nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
The initiative, however, only applies to civilian “facilities and activities,” the ministry said in a statement late Saturday. “Pakistan has declared that the global initiative does not cover Pakistan’s military nuclear facilities or activities.”
The program, known as the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, calls on states to improve accounting, control and physical protection of nuclear material and radioactive substances as well as the security of nuclear facilities.
French president poised for mandate
PARIS — President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plans to revive France’s economy and its identity appeared poised for victory Sunday in parliamentary elections, with voters widely expected to give allies of their new conservative leader a mandate for change.
Sarkozy’s UMP party and its allies were projected to win about 46 percent of the vote, while the opposition Socialists and other leftists were expected to win 36-37 percent, according to projections by three polling agencies. That gives the conservatives a strong advantage heading into the June 17 runoff.
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