KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two attacks in Afghanistan have killed nearly 60 people, including at least 54 in the capital, Kabul, on a Shiite Muslim holy day. They’re the first major sectarian assaults since the fall of the Taliban a decade ago. The Taliban have strongly condemned the attacks.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Security is tighter in Iraq today as hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims converge on the city of Karbala (KAHR’-bah-lah) for the Muslim holy day. Provincial police say 33,000 Iraqi troops are protecting the worshippers. Twenty-one people died in five bomb attacks yesterday.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is calling for a uniform “privacy landscape” on both sides of the Atlantic. The EU is urging the U.S. to strengthen data protection practices. European Internet companies are now offering cloud computing services whose selling point is that they shelter users from the U.S. Patriot Act.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Police in New Orleans say most of the Occupy movement protesters are leaving their encampment but a few have elected to stay. Police say officers formed around the park and began telling people encamped there they were violating the law. Police have given no details on how they would deal with those who are staying.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — The lawyer for Jerry Sandusky says he’s looking forward to the chance to face his accusers in court on December 13. That’s the day the former Penn State defensive coordinator is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on child sex abuse charges. At least one victim is expected to testify.