MOSCOW – Investigators were delving into the background of a woman from the restive Caucasus region who is believed to have set off a suicide bomb Monday aboard a crowded bus in the southern Russian city of Volgograd. Six passengers and the bomber were killed. Thirty-three people were injured.
It was the latest instance of violence from the Caucasus, fueled by nationalism and Islamic extremism, spilling over into the rest of Russia.
Authorities identified the bomber as Naida Asiyalova, 30, a resident of the Russian republic of Dagestan. They said she was believed to be the wife of a North Caucasus rebel, a man she reportedly met in college and may have recruited to the separatist movement.
Britain to build new nuclear power plant
LONDON – Britain has struck an agreement to build a new nuclear power plant – the first such deal in the European Union since the disaster at Fukushima prompted a major rethink of the energy source’s merits.
The contract underscores how few options major European economies have if they want to keep households’ energy costs from spiking.
The $25.9 billion project, which was agreed upon Monday with France’s EDF energy and a group of Chinese investors, aims to keep the lights on in Britain amid declining supplies of North Sea gas and rapidly escalating fuel costs.
“If people at home want to be able to keep watching the television, be able to turn the kettle on and benefit from electricity, we have got to make these investments,” Energy Secretary Ed Davey told the BBC.
Passenger train bombed in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD – A bomb struck a passenger train in southwestern Pakistan on Monday, killing at least seven people and wounding 10, according to police, in the latest attack to hit the violence-besieged nation.
The device reportedly detonated as carriages of the Jaffar Express passed through the Nasirabad district of insurgency-plagued Baluchistan province.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, although police and analysts said they suspected Baluch rebels.
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