LA PAZ— A protest by Bolivian miners has trapped more than 100 mostly European tourists in the southern Bolivia mining city of Potosi for more than a week.
The protesters piled rocks on the runway of the Potosi airport Friday to prevent a plane from landing to pick up some of the foreign tourists. The miners have also blocked roads into the area for 10 days. The miners have a series of grievances with the government, including a demand to reactivate mines that officials ordered closed and to settle land disputes.>Colombia: New leader
BOGOTA — Juan Manuel Santos, sworn in Saturday as Colombia's 59th president, vowed to cement security gains but declared himself open to dialogue with rebels in hopes of ending the Western Hemisphere's only armed conflict.
Although he was invited, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was not among the 14 Latin American and Caribbean leaders, including Felipe Calderon of Mexico and Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil, attending Saturday's ceremony on the carpeted cobblestones of Bogota's central plaza. Also absent was Chavez's close ally President Evo Morales of Bolivia.
Finland: Deadly contest
HELSINKI — Organizers say a Russian finalist at the annual Sauna World Championships in Finland has collapsed and died, while his Finnish rival was rushed to a hospital.
Spokesman Ossi Arvela says on a website that the annual contest was suspended and police were investigating Saturday's incident in the southern town of Heinola. The Finnish news agency STT said both middle-aged men were seen to have severe burns on their bodies and were given first aid after they collapsed. Competition rules require the sauna to be heated to 230 degrees Fahrenheit with a pint of water added to the stove every 30 seconds. The last person to remain at the sauna is the winner.
Gaza Strip: No power
GAZA CITY — Engineers shut down Gaza City's sole power plant on Saturday because of a lack of fuel, switching off electricity to some half a million people in the midst of a heat wave.
The fuel for the plant is supplied by the rival Palestinian government in the West Bank, which says it has reduced shipments because the Gaza's Hamas government is behind on payments. An engineer at the plant said an emergency fuel shipment was expected today, which would allow them to restart one of the plant's four turbines and supply a few hours of power.
CIUDAD JUAREZ — Some 200 federal police officers assigned to fighting organized crime in this violent border city detained one of their superiors at gunpoint Saturday to protest alleged corruption.
The protesters complained that the commander, identified as Inspector Salomon Alarcon Olvera, had ordered the detention of another officer who had criticized him. They accused Alarcon of having links to drug cartels and participating in kidnappings, killings and extortion.
The demonstration in front of a hotel that houses some federal police offices led to a confrontation with other policemen supporting the commander. Some blows were thrown, and one injured officer was taken away on a stretcher.
Poland: Floods kill 8
WARSAW — Flooding caused by heavy rains has killed at least eight people in Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic, officials said Saturday.
Lenka Moravcova, a spokeswoman for a rescue service in the northern Czech Republic, said three men drowned in a region on the border with Poland and Germany Saturday. A fourth victim was found drowned late Saturday. At least a thousand people had to be evacuated, some from areas below two dams threatened by rising waters.
Saudi Arabia: Twin dies
RIYADH — An Iraqi twin who was joined at the hip with her sister died Saturday, three weeks after separation surgery in Saudi Arabia, a Saudi surgeon said.
The conjoined twins, Zainab and Ruqqaya Naseer, were born June 5 in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, south of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. They had problems with their digestive and reproductive systems. Saudi King Abdullah had the twins flown to Riyadh and paid for their surgery, which took place in mid-July. Chief surgeon Abdullah al-Rabia said the surviving twin was in stable condition.
U.N.: Raid probed
The U.N. has named representatives of Israel and Turkey to a high-profile panel that will look into Israel's deadly commando raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Saturday the panel will include Israeli diplomat Joseph Ciechanover and Turkish diplomat Ozdem Sanberk.
The panel will be chaired by former New Zealand Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer, and its vice-chairman will be outgoing Colombian President Alvaro Uribe. They plan to meet for the first time Tuesday and are expected to submit an initial report in mid-September.
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