Bomb attack in Baghdad kills 22
Baghdad—A suicide attacker blew up a bomb-packed car at a Shia religious foundation’s head-quarters in Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 22 people in the Iraqi capital’s deadliest blast in more than four months. Shortly after the attack, at least one blast struck near a Sunni foundation’s headquarters in the capital, leaving no casualties, amid a dispute between the two endowments which manage Iraq’s religious landmarks over a shrine north of Baghdad.
Nigerians search wreckage after plane crash kills 153
Lagos—Nigerian emergency services recovered more bodies on Monday from the smoldering, ash-covered wreckage of a plane that crashed in the commercial hub Lagos, killing all 153 people on board. President Goodluck Jonathan declared three days of national mourning and ordered an investigation into the cause of Sunday’s accident, in which a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 flown by privately owned domestic carrier Dana Air crashed into the iron roof of an apartment block in the Lagos residential suburb of Agege.
IAEA sees ‘demolishing’ of buildings at Iran site
Vienna—Satellite images indicate that buildings are being demolished at an Iranian military site the United Nations nuclear watchdog wants to visit, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said on Monday, stressing the need for his inspectors to go there.
Amano’s comments will likely further reinforce suspicions among Western diplomats that Iran is trying to remove any incriminating evidence from the Parchin facility before possible granting the International Atomic Energy Agency access.
Anti-graft activists press Indian gov’t for action
New Delhi—Two Indian anti-corruption campaigners drew thousands of cheering supporters to a protest Sunday to press the government to act against graft and bring back billions of dollars stashed overseas. Yoga celebrity Baba Ramd ev, wrapped in his trademark saffron robes, said he and social activist Anna Hazare would hold more protests through August “to bring back black money stashed abroad.”
Navy marks Battle of Midway’s 70th anniversary
hawaii—Six months after the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, Japan sent four aircraft carriers to the tiny Pacific atoll of Midway to draw out and destroy what remained of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. But this time the U.S. knew about Japan’s plans. U.S. cryptologists had cracked Japanese communications codes, giving Fleet Commander Adm. Chester Nimitz notice of where Japan would strike, the day and time of the attack, and what ships the enemy would bring to the fight.