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World news briefs — July 30

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Pakistan

President is chosen

Pakistani lawmakers elected a textiles magnate Tuesday to be the next president of a country plagued by Islamic extremism, only hours after Taliban militants launched a mass prison break freeing hundreds of inmates. The attack highlighted one of the challenges that Mamnoon Hussain will face once he takes over the largely ceremonial post of president. Security forces appeared totally unprepared for the raid in the northwest, despite senior prison officials having received intelligence indicating an attack was likely.

Kenya

U.N.: Facebook is no help

United Nations investigators hoped they would get some help from Facebook when they asked to see information on suspected pirates operating in Somalia. But Facebook refused. A report by the U.N. Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea this month pointed out that while many private companies helped in the group’s investigative work on matters such as piracy, al-Qaida-linked militants and government corruption, Facebook provided no such assistance.

Nigeria

Blasts kill dozens

Multiple explosions at a bar and entertainment area in a Christian quarter of Nigeria’s northern and mainly Muslim city of Kano killed at least 24 people, a hospital official said Tuesday. Lt. Ikedichi Iweha, a spokesman for the Military Joint Task Force, said earlier Tuesday that 12 people died at the scene in Monday night’s attack, which he blamed on suspected members of the Islamic extremist Boko Haram network.

Chile

Caution is urged

A United Nations investigator on Tuesday urged Chile’s government to stop using an anti-terrorism law against Mapuche Indians who are fighting to recover their ancestral land. Violence escalated last year with a string of arson attacks, including one that killed an elderly couple. Ben Emmerson, the U.N. special investigator on human rights and counter-terrorism, said the situation is “volatile” where the nearly 1 million Mapuche live. The terrorism law dates from Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s 1973-90 dictatorship.

Compiled from wire reports.


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