News in Brief

Man sets off bomb at Beijing airport, injuring self

A man in a wheelchair set off a homemade bomb in a crowded terminal at Beijing’s main airport last night, injuring only himself, Chinese state media and witnesses said. Order was quickly restored and no flights were affected by the explosion at Terminal 3, the airport’s main international terminal, state-run China Central Television said on its microblog. The official Xinhua News Agency said a wheel-chaired Chinese man set off the device outside the arrivals exit of Terminal 3 at Beijing Capital International Airport at around 6:24 P.M. ‏(AP‏)

Afghans alarmed by Taliban-style edict for women

One of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s main religious advisers will not overturn a decree issued by clerics in the north reimposing Taliban-style curbs on women, in another sign of returning conservatism as NATO forces leave the country. Just days after the United States launched a $200 million program to boost the role of women in Afghanistan, a senior member of the country’s top religious leaders’ panel said he would not intervene over a draconian edict issued by clerics in the Deh Salah region of Baghlan province. Deh Salah, near Panshir, was a bastion of anti-Taliban sentiment prior to the ousting of the austere Islamist government by the U.S.-backed Northern Alliance in 2001. But the eight article decree, issued late in June, bars women from leaving home without a male relative, while shutting cosmetic shops on the pretext they were being used for prostitution − an accusation residents and police reject. ‏(Reuters‏)

Six held after French police check veiled woman

Six people were arrested after overnight violence that erupted in a Paris suburb after police checked the identity of a woman wearing a Muslim veil, French authorities said on Saturday. It is illegal in France for women to wear full face veils in public but the law is contested in the mainly Muslim suburbs that ring major cities, where tensions reign in relations between residents and police. In Trappes, a gritty suburb southwest of Paris, police said a crowd gathered in response to the arrest on Thursday of a man who had assaulted a police officer during an identity check on his wife, who was entirely veiled. Some 250 people who collected outside the Trappes police station on Friday night threw stones and other projectiles and destroyed property before being repelled by riot police on Saturday, a police statement said. ‏(Reuters‏)

India court sentences 6 in rape of Swiss woman

An Indian court on Saturday sentenced six men convicted of the gang rape of a Swiss woman to life imprisonment, a lawyer in the case said. The 39-year-old Swiss woman was raped while camping with her husband in a forest in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh in mid-March. Three months earlier, a student was gang-raped and beaten in a moving bus and thrown bleeding on to the street in a case that triggered mass protests. ‏(Reuters‏)

Italy: 5 convicted for Costa Concordia wreck

An Italian court convicted on Saturday five employees of an Italian cruise company over the Costa Concordia shipwreck that killed 32 crew and passengers, handing down a maximum sentence of two years and 10 months reached in plea bargains. The guilty verdicts for multiple manslaughter and negligence were the first reached in the tragic sinking of the cruise liner carrying more than 4,000 crew and passengers near the Tuscan shore in January 2012. The ship’s captain, the only remaining defendant, was denied a plea bargain and is being tried separately. Lawyers representing the victims complained that the sentences agreed in the plea bargain − all less than three years − were inadequate for the gravity of the disaster. ‏(AP‏)