30 killed in Iraq suicide bomb attack
At least 30 people were killed and 60 wounded in a suicide truck bomb attack on a Kurdish party office in the northern Iraqi town of Makhmour on Sunday, local police said.
"A suicide bomber, driving an explosive-laden truck, struck the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Makhmour town during a meeting in the building, killing at least 30 people and wounding 60 others, including the mayor of the town," police said.
The blast damaged the headquarters building along with nearby local government and police station buildings in the town located 100 km southeast of Mosul City, police said.
Massoud Barzani, head of the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq, heads the Kurdish party.
Four days ago, a suicide truck bomb struck the building of the Kurdish regional interior ministry in the city of Arbil, some 350 km north of Baghdad, killing 20 people and wounding 70 more.
In a separate incident, US and Iraqi security forces killed 15 insurgents in overnight clashes in an area near Balad in Baghdad, a provincial police source said Sunday.
And in another attack, gunmen shot dead five workers of a mill and wounded four in Mahmoudiyah town, near Baghdad, Sunday while police found 17 unidentified bodies from different parts of the capital.
The bullet-riddled bodies were bound and blindfolded, showing signs of torture.
Despite concerns from India and the US about its alleged spying activities, Chinese vessel Yuan Wang 5 bristling with antennas and communication gear docked at Sri Lanka's Chinese-run port of Hambantota on Tuesday. Responding to the latest development, China, without mentioning India or the US, said its scientific research activities are in accordance with international law and should not be interfered with by "third parties”.
Thirteen German military aircraft were on their way to Australia on Tuesday as Germany looks to strengthen its presence in the Indo-Pacific region amid growing tensions with China. The six Eurofighters and seven military transport aircraft were due to land in Singapore on Tuesday before travelling on to Australia under the mission dubbed Rapid Pacific 2022.
The policy guidelines issued by the National Health Commission Tuesday urge both the central and provincial governments to increase spending on reproductive health and improve childcare services nationwide.
The Chinese satellite and intercontinental ballistic missile tracker strategic support ship Yuan Wang 5 under the guise of Marine Scientific Research Vessel was allowed by the Sri Lankan government to dock at Hambantota Port, leased to Beijing for 99 years, at 4.00 am this morning. This ship will be at the Chinese port till August 21.
At least 20 people were burnt alive in a collision between a passenger bus and an oil tanker in Pakistan's Punjab province on Tuesday, rescue officials said, the second major road accident in the province in three days. The accident occurred on a motorway in Multan, some 350 kms from Lahore, reportedly because of overspeeding, police said. Traffic remained suspended on the motorway for several hours after the accident.