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In brief: At least nine die in suicide bombing

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan police say a suicide bomber driving a small sedan rammed into a minibus believed to be carrying foreign aviation workers near Kabul airport, killing at least nine people.

Kabul police chief Gen. Mohammad Ayub Salangi said the explosion took place today on a large avenue northwest of the city center near Kabul International Airport.

Mohammad Zahir, the criminal director for Kabul police, said at least eight men believed to be foreign nationals were killed, as well as their Afghan driver.

A spokesman for the Islamist militant group Hizb-i-Islami, claimed responsibility for the dawn attack, saying it was revenge for an anti-Islam film that ridicules the Prophet Muhammad.

Occupy protesters mark anniversary

NEW YORK – Protesters marked the anniversary of Occupy Wall Street on Monday with a day of marches that choked Manhattan’s financial district and led to scores of arrests, but that ultimately suggested a movement missing the numbers and energy that propelled it to national prominence last year.

For a while in the afternoon, the scene at Zuccotti Park, the plaza that became the first encampment for Occupy protesters, resembled what it had been before police dismantled the tents on Nov. 15, 2011, leaving Occupy without a permanent home.

Occasionally, groups peeled out of the park and began marching along Broadway, scattering tourists and passers-by. But from early morning until the evening, the group’s attempts to derail the financial district were stopped by police who erected metal barricades and swiftly arrested protesters who linked arms and sat down in an attempt to block sidewalks.

More than 100 people were arrested, most on disorderly conduct charges.


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