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Indian Officials Blame Terrorists for Deadly Bombings


India Blasts: Indian authorities are blaming terrorists for bombings that killed at least 42 people and wounded 50 others in the southern city of Hyderabad.
Home ministry officials said today (Sunday) that terrorists carried out the attacks late Saturday in Andhra Pradesh state to weaken the unity of the country.
Authorities have not formally accused a particular group for the violence, and no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks. However, the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh (Y.S R. Reddy) says he suspects terrorists based in Bangladesh and Pakistan planned the blasts.
Officials say bombs rocked a packed auditorium at an evening laser show Saturday, and a busy restaurant about five kilometers away.
Police have increased security throughout the city, and safely defused unexploded bombs found at other locations.

Greece Fires: Greek officials say wildfires that have killed at least 49 people nationwide are threatening villages near the archeological site of Ancient Olympia.
Some villagers just kilometers from Olympia were evacuating the area today (Sunday). The Associated Press reports that officials say the historic site is not in immediate danger.
The fires are some of the more than 170 burning through the country since Friday.
Government officials declared a nationwide state of emergency Saturday to help mobilize resources to fight the far-reaching blazes.
Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis is blaming at least some of the fires on arson, saying (Saturday) he does not believe the outbreak of so many simultaneous fires can be "coincidence."
Soldiers and military helicopters are helping firefighters battle blazes fueled by strong winds and extremely hot and dry weather.

Afghanistan Violence: The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan says U.S. and Afghan troops have killed at least 12 militants who were firing into eastern Afghanistan from across the border in Pakistan.
The coalition said today (Sunday) that troops in the Afghan province of Paktika destroyed six border sites the insurgents had used to launch attacks Saturday. It said three of the sites were in Afghanistan, while the other three were in Pakistan.
The coalition said Pakistani authorities gave permission for the coalition to fire over the border at militants in Pakistan.
The French news agency says a Pakistani military spokesman (Major General Waheed Arshad) has rejected the coalition's statement, and that he denied Pakistan granted permission for an attack in its territory.
Coalition officials are blaming the attack on militants loyal to the Taleban, which controlled Afghanistan until a U.S.-led invasion in late 2001.

Iraq: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has angrily rebuked U.S. politicians who have called for his ouster, saying Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Carl Levin need to "come to their senses."
At a news conference today (Sunday) Mr. Maliki said the two American senators talk about Iraq as if it were their property.
His remarks came as hundreds of thousands of Shi'ite pilgrims descended on Iraq's holy city of Karbala for a major religious festival, taking place amid heavy security.
Baghdad officials say a woman was killed and six people were wounded in a drive-by shooting as they walked through southwest Baghdad on their way to Karbala.
On Saturday, an Iraqi military spokesman (Brigadier-General Qassim al-Moussawi) announced an indefinite ban on motorcycles, bicycles, handcarts and animal carts in Baghdad and its outskirts.

Burma Arrests: Plainclothes police officers in Burma are patrolling the country's largest city, Rangoon, following days of public protests against the high price of fuel.
The streets of Rangoon were quiet today (Sunday) as security officials spread across the city.
Burmese authorities say they have detained at least 49 people who joined the protests during the past week.
A key pro-democracy organizer, Htin Kyaw, was among them. Witnesses say he was beaten and dragged away by authorities from a marketplace in Rangoon.
The activists were protesting the military government's decision earlier this month to double fuel prices at state-owned gas stations. The price hike made gas and public transportation too expensive for many residents of the impoverished country.
Demonstrations are extremely rare in Burma, where security forces tolerate little dissent.

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