Gated compound bombed
Two bombs hidden in a motorcycle and a car exploded inside an elite gated community linked to the family of Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday evening, killing at least nine people and wounding more than 70 near the southern city of Kandahar, an official said. The blasts happened inside Aino Mina, a housing complex on the northern outskirts of the city that was developed in part by Mahmood Karzai, the president’s younger brother. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but striking inside a powerful symbol of wealth and influence would be a publicity coup for the Taliban insurgency.
Calm protest turns hectic
Egyptian security forces fired tear gas at protesters hurling firebombs at them Friday in central Cairo, hours after hundreds of opponents of Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi rallied peacefully in the streets denouncing his rule and demanding early presidential elections. The protests come on the heels of a campaign dubbed “Rebel,” which aims at collecting 15 million signatures on a petition to oust Morsi and hold early elections. Coordinators said they have collected 2 million signatures.
Ex-dictator dies in prison
Former dictator Jorge Rafael Videla, who took power over Argentina in a 1976 coup and led a military junta that killed thousands of his fellow citizens in a dirty war to eliminate so-called “subversives,” died quietly in his sleep Friday while serving life in prison for crimes against humanity. He was 87. Federal Prison Service Director Victor Hortel said Videla died in his prison cell. He was found lifeless in his bed and declared dead at 8:25 a.m., according to an official medical report cited by the state news agency Telam. Videla ran one of the bloodiest military governments during South America’s era of dictatorships, and later sought to take full responsibility for kidnappings, tortures, deaths and disappearances. He said he knew about everything that happened under his rule because “I was above everyone.” Some rights activists see Videla now as more of a tool than a leader, alleging that the junta served to consolidate the power of Argentina’s wealthy elites.
Compiled from wire reports.