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KHAR, Pakistan

A suicide bomber attacked a Sunni mosque in northwest Pakistan on Friday, killing at least 24 worshippers and wounding 28 others, officials said. Several children were also among those killed or wounded in the deadly attack.

A breakaway Taliban group later claimed responsibility for the bombing.

The attacker shouted "God is Great" as he entered the mosque in the village of Ambar in Pakistan’s Mohmand tribal region, government administrator Naveed Akbar told The Associated Press. He said rescuers had transported the dead and wounded to nearby hospitals, where some of the wounded were listed in critical condition.


Officials in a northern Mexico border state say they are investigating the kidnapping of five people taken off a passenger bus.

Tamaulipas state Interior Secretary Herminio Garza said Friday that authorities had located and interviewed the bus’ two drivers on Thursday night.

Early reports had put the number of kidnapped passengers at 15. But Garza said the drivers reported leaving the border city of Nuevo Laredo on Monday with nine passengers and heading for Ciudad Acuna. They were not sure if they were in Tamaulipas or Coahuila when men in three vehicles stopped the bus. They damaged a rear-view mirror, but did not shoot or show arms.


Police in the eastern town of Bautzen are preparing for possible further clashes over the weekend after violence between far-right protesters and migrants this week.

A planned protest Friday evening was canceled, but German authorities said they would maintain a "high police presence" in case of spontaneous violence and in view of an anti-migrants demonstration Sunday.

Violence flared late Wednesday when about 80 locals and 20 migrants attacked each other in the town, near the border with Poland. Police said migrants attacked first.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico

The number of Zika cases keeps climbing in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.

Health officials said Friday that more than 2,000 cases were reported in the past week for a total of nearly 20,000 cases. The total includes 1,706 pregnant women, a growing concern because Zika can cause severe birth defects.

Officials said 150 people have been hospitalized, including several of the 48 people diagnosed with a temporary paralysis condition linked to Zika known as Guillain-Barre. One person has died from that condition after becoming infected with Zika


• PARIS — A gas explosion linked to an apparent attempted suicide tore through an apartment building in the eastern French city of Dijon on Friday, injuring at least 14 people, authorities said.

• BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — With policy splits among European Union countries putting their bloc under existential threat, national leaders agreed Friday on a six-month time table to come up with solutions for the multiple crises hobbling their union. But they delivered few concrete commitments on ways to bridge the deep differences.

• ONSONG, North Korea — North Korean soldiers and relief teams rushed to clear roads and railway tracks, build shelters and provide food and sanitation Friday to tens of thousands of residents in a remote part of the country near the Chinese border that was devastated by heavy downpours and flash floods when a typhoon pounded their villages last week.

Compiled from wire reports