World News: Libya Arrests Christians; Pakistan Bombing; Syrian Power Outage

By: AP
By: AP

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Four foreigners were arrested in Libya on suspicion of distributing books about Christianity and proselytizing, a Libyan police spokesman said on Saturday.
Police spokesman Hussein bin Hamid said the suspects were from South Africa, Egypt and South Korea, and one held both Swedish and U.S. nationality. The Swedish Foreign Ministry confirmed that a dual national Swedish-American citizen was arrested while traveling on a U.S. passport. The U.S. Embassy in Libya declined comment.
Spreading Christianity is a crime in the predominantly Muslim North African county.
The four were arrested in the eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday and are under investigation for printing and distributing books that proselytize Christianity. Police said they found 45,000 books in their possession and that another 25,000 have already been distributed.
Bin Hamid said that embassy officials have visited them. He would not say where they are being held.
Last year, the International Committee of the Red Cross had to suspend its activities in Benghazi after assailants launched attacks on its offices. The aid group was accused by some in Libya of distributing Bibles and proselytizing.

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- Police now say a bomb that's killed scores of people in southern Pakistan was hidden in a water tank.
Officials say at least 63 people were killed and another 180 wounded when the bomb exploded in a vegetable market in Quetta.
A senior police officer says the bomb was detonated by remote control in a mostly Shiite neighborhood. The blast left many victims buried under rubble, but it's uncertain how many.
Local residents rushed the victims to three different area hospitals. Many of the wounded are said to be in critical condition.
It was the deadliest incident since bombings in the same city killed 86 people earlier this year. That incident led to days of protest that eventually toppled the local government.
Shiites are a minority in Pakistan, where Sunni Muslims dominate. They have been increasingly targeted for attacks by militant groups who view them as heretics and non-Muslims.

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria's state news agency says a power outage has plunged Damascus and southern Syria into darkness.
SANA quoted Electricity Minister Imad Khamis as saying that a problem with a high tension line had left the country's south without power.
The blackout affects Syria's capital, Damascus, and the southern provinces of Daraa and Sweida, which abut the Jordanian border.
An Associated Press reporter in Damascus reported dark streets across the capital since a fuel shortage makes it hard for residents to run backup generators.
Damascus and southern Syria was last hit by a major blackout on Jan. 20.

JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says troops have provided medical help to Syrians near the countries' border and transported them to a hospital in Israel for further treatment.
A military spokeswoman says soldiers treated five Syrians wounded Saturday near the northern security fence along the frontier in the Golan Heights. She would not elaborate and spoke on condition of anonymity in line with protocol.
Syrian activists reported fighting in the Quneitra region on Saturday, which is on the cease-fire line between Syria and Israel in the Golan Heights.
Israel and Syria are bitter enemies and have fought several wars.

BEIRUT (AP) -- The leader of Hezbollah has refused to comment on a Bulgarian report that said members of the Lebanese militant group carried out an attack that killed five Israeli tourists in the European nation.
Sheik Hassan Nasrallah says the "issue is being followed calmly and carefully."
Speaking to hundreds of supporters via video link, Nasrallah warned Israel Saturday not to attack Lebanon, saying Hezbollah's response will be harsh.
The July 18 bombing killed the five Israelis as well as a Bulgarian bus driver and the suspected bomber at the airport in the Black Sea resort of Burgas.
Three men are suspected in the attack, including the bomber.
The latter's identity has not been established. The names of the two other suspects, believed to still be alive, have not been made public.


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