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The Israeli military sent troop reinforcements to a flashpoint West Bank area on Saturday following a weekend surge in Palestinian attacks that shattered weeks of relative calm.

The military said a Palestinian pulled out a knife during a security check in the West Bank city of Hebron earlier Saturday and stabbed a soldier, prompting forces to open fire and kill the attacker.

The incident came a day after what Israeli authorities said were several Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians, police and a soldier.


Heavy rain and stricter security did little to dampen the spirits of beer lovers at the start of this year’s Oktoberfest, which opened Saturday in the Bavarian city of Munich.

Mayor Dieter Reiter tapped the first keg at noon with a respectable two strikes, to the approval of thousands of thirsty visitors gathered in one of 14 vast tents on Munich’s Theresienwiese fairground.

Responding to a series of attacks in recent months, authorities decided to erect a metal fence, ban large bags, install more surveillance cameras and make visitors go through security checks to enter the festival grounds this year.


Four people have been injured during the third running of the bulls in the Spanish town of Guadalajara, northeast of Madrid.

City officials said the injured included a 25-year-old man who was gored by a bull. They said the man was injured in his leg and had undergone surgery, but couldn’t give any more details about his condition.

The other three people were injured whilst running.

KHAR, Pakistan

A Pakistani official says the death toll from a suicide bombing at a mosque has risen to 36 after several of those wounded in the attack died in hospitals.

Pashin Gul, the head of the tribal police in the northwestern Mohmand region, provided the updated toll on Saturday, a day after the bombing. Several children were among those killed and wounded in the attack, which targeted weekly Friday prayers.

The initial toll provided by officials was 24 dead and 28 wounded. Some 200 worshippers were inside the mosque when the bomber struck.


• CAIRO — An Egyptian court on Saturday upheld a decision to freeze the assets of several prominent human rights campaigners in the latest blow to a once-vibrant activist community that has been largely silenced by a government crackdown.

Compiled from wire reports