News Wrap: Suicide Bombings Kill 50 in Pakistan; WikiLeaks Bank Account Closed
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HARI SREENIVASAN: Two suicide bombers in Pakistan killed 50 people today at a meeting of anti-Taliban tribesmen. More than 100 others were wounded. The attackers struck a gathering in the Mohmand tribal region in the northwest, close to the border with Afghanistan. Local officials said the bombers dressed as tribal police and managed to get past security. It was the third attack this year on a tribal militia meeting.
WikiLeaks took another hit today when Swiss officials cut off a new bank account set up for fund-raising. And the company’s servers in Sweden came under computer attacks. WikiLeaks has faced growing pressure since it released thousands of State Department documents. At the same time, supporters have set up more than 500 Web sites that mirror WikiLeaks’ content.
The worst wildfire in Israel’s history was all but out today, but a firestorm of criticism was building. Forty-two people died in the blaze in the Carmel forest, including the nation’s top policewoman and a busload of prison guards. A teenager smoking a water pipe was blamed for starting the fire. The Israeli government drew heavy criticism after crews quickly ran out of firefighting chemicals and had no planes at their disposal.
A French court has convicted Continental Airlines and one of its mechanics of manslaughter in the Concorde crash 10 years ago — 113 people died when the Air France jetliner exploded in flames during takeoff from a Paris airport. The court traced the cause to titanium debris from an earlier Continental flight. Continental was ordered to pay $2.7 million in damages. The airliner and the mechanic said they will appeal.
Wall Street mostly marked time today, waiting to see what comes out of Congress on tax cuts. The Dow Jones industrial average lost nearly 20 points to close at 11362. The Nasdaq rose three points to close near 2595.
Pro football great Don Meredith died Sunday in Santa Fe, New Mexico, after a brain hemorrhage. In the 1960s, Meredith quarterbacked the Dallas Cowboys to NFL title games against Green Bay. Later, he helped start “Monday Night Football” with Keith Jackson and Howard Cosell, and won wide popularity.
Don Meredith was 72 years old.
Those are some of the day’s major stories.