Taliban militants kill 23
Taliban militants wearing suicide vests fired automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades at an army post in northwestern Pakistan in a pre-dawn raid Saturday, killing 23 people, including 10 civilians, officials said. Twelve attackers also were killed in the assault. The raid came a day after a suicide bombing at a Shiite Muslim mosque elsewhere in the northwest that killed 30 people, police said. The blast at the mosque was the latest in a rising number of sectarian attacks in the country. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for both attacks. The group has been waging a bloody insurgency against the government for years and sometimes targets the country’s minority Shiites.
Denial sets off clashes
Riot police clashed with protesters in Madrid late Saturday and impromptu demonstrations broke out in several other Spanish cities following the prime minister’s televised denial that he had accepted under-the-table payments. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy promised to publicly disclose the amount of funds in all his personal bank accounts, denying recent media reports that allege he and members of his governing conservative Popular Party accepted or made under-the-table payments.
March recalls ’96 crisis
More than 5,000 supporters of Greece’s extreme-right Golden Dawn party marched past the U.S. Embassy in Athens on Saturday, chanting anti-Turkish, anti-U.S. and anti-immigrant slogans to commemorate a 1996 border incident that caused a crisis between Greece and Turkey. Many of the marchers held burning torches and hundreds of motorcyclists brought up the rear. The march ended peacefully. The 1996 incident involved two uninhabited islets off the Turkish coast whose ownership is disputed by Turkey and Greece. Nationalists from both countries planted flags on the islets, and war between the two nations was only averted after U.S. intervention. Three Greek navy officers died when their helicopter crashed during a reconnaissance mission in the area.
Compiled from wire reports.