March 16, 2008 in Nation/World

World in brief: Americans among injured in blast

The Spokesman-Review

Five Americans, including U.S. Embassy personnel, were injured in a bomb blast Saturday at an Islamabad restaurant that’s a favorite of foreigners.

A Turkish woman was killed and 11 others were injured.

Bewildered, bloodied patrons stumbled out in the blast’s aftermath.

It was the first bombing to target foreigners in a yearlong wave of violence by Islamic extremists in Pakistan that has focused almost exclusively on army, police and government officials.

Islamabad already was on a high state of alert for Monday’s convening of a new parliament.

Lagunilla El Salvador, Guatemala

Search under way for abductees

Security forces in boats and helicopters were searching Guatemala’s eastern jungle Saturday for four Belgian tourists and two Guatemalans taken hostage by farmers demanding freedom for their imprisoned leader.

About 150 police officers traveling in two large boats searched several homes along the Rio Dulce river, while army helicopters flew over the area where the Belgians were taken captive Friday along with their Guatemalan guide and a boat operator.

In a phone interview, a leader of the farmers said the hostages “are being well cared for.”

Farmers demand the legalization of their land claims and freedom for their leader, who was jailed earlier in connection with land occupations.


Music scholar says portrait is Mozart

A British music scholar says he has identified a previously unknown portrait of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that could be worth millions.

The 19-by-14-inch oil painting shows the profile of a man in a bright red jacket. Cliff Eisen said Friday that it is only the fourth known portrait of Mozart from when the composer was at his professional height in Vienna.

“This is arguably the most important Mozart portrait to be discovered since the composer’s death in 1791,” Eisen said in a statement that appeared on the Web site of King’s College London, where he teaches music. King’s College said the portrait was probably the work of Joseph Hickel, who was a painter at Austria’s imperial court.

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