July 5th, 2010
06:09 AM ET

World update: 12 held over Pakistan suicide bombings

An update from London on some of the international stories we expect to develop on Monday:

Arrests over bombings - Pakistani authorities say they have arrested 12 people in connection with suicide bomb attacks that killed 50 and injured more than 200 at a Lahore shrine last week.

Poland vote - Interim President Bronislaw Komorowski holds a 5 percentage-point lead in Poland's runoff election with 95 percent of the votes counted, the national election commission says.

Turkey-Israel relations - Israel will never apologize for defending its citizens," a high-ranking  Israeli government official says, after Turkey reportedly demanded an apology or an inquiry over an Israeli raid on an aid ship that left nine Turkish citizens dead.

Resignation offer - South Korean Prime Minister Chung Un-chan has offered to resign after failing to win parliamentary approval to stop plans to relocate government offices out of the capital, Seoul, but President Lee Myung-bak refused to accept his offer, Chung's communications office says.

Mexico elections - Mexico awaited results from elections in 15 states early Monday after a vote widely seen as a referendum on Mexican President Felipe Calderon's strategy of fighting drug cartels and organized crime.

Congo explosion - Congolese President Joseph Kabila declared days of mourning Monday and Tuesday for the victims of a massive tanker explosion that killed 232 people over the weekend.

Pirate hijack - Pirates have hijacked a Marshall Islands-flagged ship with 18 Filipino nationals onboard in the southern Red Sea, the European Union Naval Force Somalia says.

World Cup cocaine - A replica of a World Cup trophy seized by Colombian authorities at Bogota airport was made of cocaine, police said. Gold paint in "bad condition" on the trophy's surface aroused the suspicion of investigators.

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