1. DEATH TOLL FROM AFGHAN WEDDING BLAST RISES TO 80
The death toll from a suicide bomb attack on a wedding reception in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, has risen to 80.
According to Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman at the interior ministry, the initial death toll after the Saturday night blast was 63, but some of the wounded had died in hospital.
He added seventeen others have succumbed to their injuries in hospital and over 160 are still being treated either in hospitals or at home.
A senior interior ministry official, said among the 160 people wounded at the wedding blast, many are in critical condition, some not well enough to undergo surgery.
Many Afghans have cancelled or scaled back plans for weddings and other festivities in recent days and are demanding that the government tightens security to protect society.
2. TRUMP CANCELS DENMARK VISIT OVER GREENLAND REJECTION
Mr. Trump said on Twitter that he would delay a scheduled visit to Denmark next month because of the prime minister’s lack of interest in selling the autonomous Danish possession, Greenland.
He said he would be postponing the meeting with Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen that was scheduled in two weeks time due to her uninterest in discussing the purchase of Greenland.
Mr. Trump, however, then offered a compliment to the Danish leader for her blunt refusal.
3. IRAN SAYS OIL TANKER BREAKS DOWN IN RED SEA
An Iranian oil tanker has broken down in the Red Sea but the crew are safe and repairs are underway.
Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported that the ship’s crew are fixing the defects and the vessel is in a stable condition from a safety standpoint. It added, the ship’s crew are also in a safe condition.
The report identified the tanker as HELM, which according to the US Treasury’s website, is among companies and individuals that are under US sanctions.
Iran has one of the largest tanker fleets in the world, but Tehran is running short of options to replace its ageing tankers and keep oil exports flowing because renewed U.S. sanctions are making potential sellers and flag registries wary of doing business with Tehran.