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Pakistan's Bloody Thursday: Three Days Of Mourning For More Than 100 Killed



KARACHI/QUETTA/SWAT - Pakistan has declared three days of mourning after a string of bombings killed more than 100 people, while nine others died in separate shootings.

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In the northwest city of Quetta, a suicide bomber entered a snooker club on Thursday that was close to a police station and a Shia mosque. As soon as the blast went off, the building collapsed. As rescue teams and reporters rushed to the scene, a second blast went off.

More than 80 people died and more than 120 were reported injured. Al Jazeera reports that Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a Sunni Muslim extremist group, has claimed responsibility for the double bombing.

According to The Lahore Times , included in the death toll are four police officers, four rescue workers, a camera man and a news agency photographer.

A senior government official told the BBC that he believed the bombings were the group's reaction to incidents on Wednesday when a Sunni cleric was killed, and arms and ammunition were seized from a suspected Lashkar-e-Jhangvi hideout.

Another explosion at a religious gathering north of Peshawar, in the Swat Valley, killed 25 and wounded at least 70. The explosion occurred during a Muslim leader's speech where 1,500 people were gathered. The Lahore Times says that 25 kilograms of explosive material was used.

In addition to the explosions, nine people were shot in separate incidents in Karachi, the southern seaport and Pakistan's largest city.

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Milei Elected: Argentina Bets It All On "Anything Is Better Than This"

The radical libertarian Javier Milei confounded the polls to decisively win the second round of Argentina's presidential elections; now he must win over a nation that has voiced its disgust with the country's brand of politics as usual.

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BUENOS AIRES — Two very clear messages were delivered by Argentine society with its second-round election of the libertarian politician Javier Milei as its next president.

The first was to say it was putting a definitive end to the Kirchner era , which began in 2003 with the presidency of the late Néstor Kirchner and lasted, in different forms, until last night.

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The second was to choose the possibility, if nothing else, of a future that allows Argentina to emerge from its longstanding state of prostration. It's a complicated bet, because the election of the candidate of Libertad Avanza (Liberty Advances) is so radical and may entail changes to the political system so big as to defy predictions right now.

This latter is the bigger of the two key consequences of the election, but the voters turning their back on the government of Cristina and Alberto Fernández and its putative successor, (the Economy minister) Sergio Massa, also carries historical significance. They could not have said a clearer No to that entrenched political clan. So much so that they decided to trust instead a man who emerged in 2021 as a member of parliament, with a weak party structure behind him and a territorial base no bigger than three mayors in the Argentine hinterland.

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