Bomb kills governor
A bomb in a mosque killed a provincial governor Tuesday in the highest profile assassination in recent months, part of an intensified campaign to intimidate Afghanistan’s administration as it prepares for elections and the withdrawal of foreign troops after 12 years of war. The bomb killed Gov. Arsallah Jamal of eastern Logar province as he delivered a speech at the main mosque in Puli Alam to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. The attack also wounded 15 people, five of them critically, said his spokesman, Din Mohammad Darwesh.
Jeers at Nazi’s coffin
The bitterly protested funeral of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke was called off hours after it was to have taken place Tuesday by his lawyer, who said police prevented friends and family members from attending amid a noisy protest against the planned religious ceremony in Albano Laziale. Shouting “murderer” and “executioner,” hundreds of people jeered as Priebke’s coffin arrived for the funeral Mass to be celebrated by a splinter Catholic group opposed to the Vatican’s outreach to Jews.
Brain research honored
An Israeli nonprofit group has awarded a $1 million prize to a U.S.-based research team that is developing technology that allows paralyzed people to move things with their thoughts. Israel Brain Technologies presented the award Tuesday to BrainGate. The group is based at Brown University and collaborates with Massachusetts General Hospital and other institutions. BrainGate is developing an implant that can read brain signals and allow the paralyzed to move robotic limbs or computer cursors.
Haribo founder dies
Hans Riegel turned little gold bears into a global candy juggernaut. Riegel was the driving force that made Haribo’s gummi bears a sugary staple in Germany and around the world. Haribo said Riegel, 90, died of heart failure on Tuesday in Bonn, where the company is based.
Compiled from wire reports.