14 Die in explosion in Afghanistan


Fourteen women and children died when a bomb exploded in a cemetery in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province, a male relative of the victims told Afghan news agency AIP.

The blast in the Ghanikhil district coincided with the beginning of the Muslim Eid al-Fitur festival - which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan - and wounded three women and a child, the relative, identified as Ghalib, said.

"My sisters and other relatives who had come to my house from Kabul to celebrate Eid al-Fitur were among the dead and wounded," said Ghalib, adding that the victims were in the cemetery to place flowers at the tomb of his wife.




38 Dead in attack on police funeral in Pakistan


Thirty-eight people were killed and 50 others wounded in a bombing at a funeral for a police officer in the southwestern city of Quetta, Pakistan's Dawn newspaper said.

Apparently the work of a suicide bomber, the blast occurred near a mosque inside a police compound, a source in the security forces told the daily.

The funeral was for a police commander who had been gunned down by insurgents hours earlier while buying food for the Muslim feast of Eid al-Fitur, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Among those killed in the explosion was the deputy inspector-general of the Quetta police, Fayaz Sumbal.




DREAM 9 activists released from detention


The young immigration activists known as the DREAM 9 were released from Arizona's Eloy Detention Center pending consideration of their requests for political asylum.

Their release came a day after the National Immigrant Youth Alliance said U.S. immigration authorities determined that the activists had grounds to fear persecution if they were returned to Mexico.

That decision does not guarantee that they will be granted political asylum, only that now an immigration judge will hear the case and determine if approving the asylum request is warranted.




Minnesota man claims one-third of lottery jackpot


Paul White, an electrical engineer from Ham Lake, Minnesota, came forward as the holder of one of the three winning tickets in the $448 million multistate Powerball lottery.

Posing before the cameras with an enormous cardboard check, a facsimile of the one he received for a gross payout of $149.4 million, the 45-year-old White said that everything about his win still seemed "unreal" to him.

Having decided to take his winnings in a lump sum, he will actually receive around $58 million after taxes.

The holders of the other two winning tickets, both sold in New Jersey, have yet to come forward.




Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey to receive Medal of Freedom


Former President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and jazz musician Arturo Sandoval are among the 16 people who will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a ceremony later this year, the White House said.

Also receiving the prestigious honor will be baseball great Ernie Banks; former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee; country music legend Loretta Lynn; and Mexican-born scientist Mario Molina, winner of the Nobel Prize for chemistry.




India blames Pakistani army for Kashmir ambush


The Pakistani army played a role in an ambush in the disputed territory of Kashmir that left five Indian soldiers dead, India's defense minister said.

"It is now clear that the specialist troops of Pakistan army were involved in this attack," A.K. Antony said during an appearance in parliament.

An Indian army patrol was ambushed late Monday in the Poonch area, near the Line of Control, or LoC, which divides Kashmir into Indian- and Pakistani-ruled portions.

"Nothing happens from Pakistan's side of the LoC without the support, assistance, facilitation and often direct involvement of the Pakistan army," Antony told lawmakers Thursday.




Dead shark found in New York subway car


A dead shark was found in a New York City subway car, prompting passengers to flood social-networking sites with photos of the small animal.

"Around 12:30 a.m. (Wednesday) the driver of the N train informed us at the Queensboro Plaza stop that there was a shark aboard," a Metropolitan Transit Authority, or MTA, spokesman told Efe.

The driver "isolated" the car and continued his run to the next station in Queens, where the animal was tossed in the trash, the MTA spokesman said.