China: Ferries collide in fog
HONG KONG Two hydrofoils ferrying passengers between the Chinese territories of Hong Kong and Macau collided Friday night in heavy fog, seriously injuring 19 people, a Macau government spokesman said.
The poor visibility was also blamed for a number of other maritime accidents in the region. Parts of China's southern coast were enveloped in fog due to a warm, humid maritime air stream.
England: Twins marry
LONDON Twins who were separated at birth got married without realizing they were brother and sister, a lawmaker said, urging more information be provided on birth certificates for adopted children.
A court annulled the British couple's union after they discovered their true relationship, Lord David Alton said.
Indonesia: Suharto's health
JAKARTA Former Indonesian dictator Suharto showed slight signs of improvement, doctors said Saturday, a day after he suffered organ failure and was placed on a ventilator with dangerous signs of infection in his lungs.
Physicians described his state as "alarming" Friday, and family members and friends rushed to his bedside, some reciting prayers and verses from the Quran as he started to lose consciousness.
Mexico: Helicopter crashes
PUEBLA A helicopter carrying volunteers on a mission to distribute toys to needy children crashed in central Mexico on Friday, killing eight people, including a government official.
A Puebla state government employee in charge of citizen outreach, the wife of a top government official and six others died in the crash in a rural, mountainous part of the state, said Javier Sanchez, a state government spokesman.
Pakistan: U.S. unwelcome
ISLAMABAD Despite the growing threat from Islamic extremists, President Pervez Musharraf said U.S. troops are not welcome to join the fight against al-Qaida on Pakistani soil.
Musharraf warned in an interview published Friday that Pakistan would resist any unilateral military action by the United States against militants sheltering in its lawless, tribal regions close to the Afghan border.
Taiwan: Citizens go to polls
TAIPEI Taiwanese voted Saturday on a new 113-seat Legislature, a contest widely seen as a referendum on President Chen Shui-bian's efforts to carve out a non-Chinese identity for the self-governing island.
The election could end years of political deadlock and stabilize the island's rocky relations with neighbor China, which considers Taiwan a part of its territory and has threatened war if Taipei tries to make its de facto independence formal.
United Nations: Sudan
The United Nations Security Council opened the door Friday to new economic, political or military sanctions against Sudan because of an attack by its troops on a U.N. peacekeeping convoy earlier this week.
The council said it "condemns in the strongest possible terms" Monday's attack on U.N. peacekeepers by "elements of the Sudanese armed forces," saying any such attack is unacceptable. Sudan has acknowledged its troops shot at a U.N. convoy in West Darfur, damaging an armored personnel carrier, destroying a fuel tanker truck and severely injuring a Sudanese driver.