Suicide bomb kills 11 outside Peshawar

November 15, 2009

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PESHAWAR - A suicide car bomber attacked a police checkpoint outside Peshawar yesterday, killing 11 people, including four children, the latest in a wave of militant attacks that have claimed more than 300 lives in the past month. A Taliban commander claimed responsibility for the attack. Militants are trying to force the military to end an offensive in the border region of South Waziristan, where Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders are believed to be hiding. (AP)

Police unit formed to monitor Internet
TEHRAN - Iran has deployed a special police unit to sweep websites for political material and prosecute those deemed to be spreading lies, Iranian media reported yesterday. Many opposition websites are already banned, but activation of the new 12-member unit signals an intention to strike a more severe blow to groups that refuse to accept President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s reelection in June. (AP)

Devout Jews protest Sabbath violations
JERUSALEM - More than a thousand devout Jews protested yesterday against plans by computer chip maker Intel to operate on the Jewish day of rest. Protesters shouted “Shabbes!’’ - the Yiddish word for Sabbath - outside Intel’s Jerusalem office. Police said no violence was reported. Religious Jews are forbidden to work on the Sabbath, and devout Jewish groups want the ban enforced. (AP)