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A car bomb blast late on Wednesday ripped through a luxury hotel’s parking area in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, killing four people and wounding 11, officials said.

China’s ambassador to Pakistan was staying at the hotel, but was not there when the bomb exploded, said Pakistan’s interior Minister, Sheikh Rashid Ahmad.

Provincial Home Minister Ziaullah Lango said the envoy was fine.

“An explosion has rocked the parking area of the Serena Hotel,” police official Nasir Malik told Reuters, saying 11 people had been wounded. An official at a local civil hospital, Waseem Baig, said four people had died, and “several others are in critical condition.”

Read more: CNBC

Islamist party Tehreek-e-Labbaik played a major role in fomenting this week’s anti-French protests in Pakistan, prompting Islamabad to announce the group’s dissolution on Thursday as France’s embassy told French nationals to leave the country over safety fears.

The Pakistani government blocked social media and instant messaging apps for several hours on Friday to try to prevent further violence, a day after Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed announced the dissolution of Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP) under the country's anti-terrorism law.

The party’s leader, Saad Rivzi, was arrested on Monday, hours after he called for a new march demanding the expulsion of the French ambassador. His detention triggered days of unrest.

Read more: France 24

A group affiliated with the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a video showing the execution of a Coptic Christian man and two others, the latest in a wave of insurgent attacks in Egypt's Sinai region.

A 13-minute video uploaded to Telegram by the IS-linked Sinai Province on Saturday shows the shooting death of Nabil el-Habashy, a 62-year-old Copt from Bir al-Abd city in the northern Sinai region.

Egyptian Streets reports that el-Habashy says in the video he helped build a church that had been “cooperating with the Egyptian armed forces and intelligence services to combat terrorism in the region.”

"As for you Christians of Egypt, this is the price you are paying for supporting the Egyptian army," the executioner warns in the video before shooting el-Habashy in the back of the head, according to AFP. 

The video also shows two young tribesmen from Sinai being killed after the militants accuse them of cooperating with the state.

Read more: Al-Monitor

Lebanon's Hezbollah has made preparations for an all-out collapse of the fracturing state, issuing ration cards for food, importing medicine and readying storage for fuel from its patron Iran, three sources familiar with the plans told Reuters.

The moves, responding to a grave economic crisis, would mark an expansion of services provided by the armed movement to its large Sh'ite support base, with a network that already boasts charities, a construction firm and a pension system.

The steps highlight rising fears of an implosion of the Lebanese state, in which authorities can no longer import food or fuel to keep the lights on. They underline Hezbollah's growing role in tackling the emergency with services that the government would otherwise provide.

Read more: Reuters

Operated by the US State Department, the anti-terrorism programme offers money for information on people outside the country, who the Government has designated as being associated with terrorism, although they have not been charged with any crimes. 

It also offers financial incentives to foreigners who claim to have terrorist ties, if they cooperate with US authorities.

“Many of the people targeted by the Rewards for Justice programme have had their due process rights denied”, Alena Douhan,  Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures said, in a statement endorsed by UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

Read more: UN News