Cambodia: Actress barred
PHNOM PENH Cambodian police blocked Mia Farrow from holding a genocide memorial ceremony today at a Khmer Rouge prison, at one point forcefully pushing her group away from a barricade.
The Cambodian government had barred the ceremony several days ago and police today sealed off all roads leading to the Khmer Rouge's infamous Tuol Sleng prison, which is now a genocide museum. The American actress and her group arrived at one of the barricades and refused to go away, according to an Associated Press reporter at the scene. Police started pushing the group, which eventually returned to a waiting car and drove off. Nobody appeared to have gotten hurt.
Canada: Manual rewrite
TORONTO Canada's foreign ministry said Saturday that it will rewrite a training manual used by Canadian diplomats that lists the United States as a site of possible torture following pressure from its closest ally.
The department document, released Friday, singled out the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay. It also names Israel, Afghanistan, China, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Syria as places where inmates could face torture.
"I regret the embarrassment caused by the public disclosure of the manual used in the department's torture awareness training," Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier said in a statement issued Saturday. "It contains a list that wrongly includes some of our closest allies."
Iraq: Rocket blast kills 7
BAGHDAD Seven people were killed in Iraq's northwest Saturday when a rocket landed amid a gathering of Shiite Muslims celebrating the most important holiday of the year.
The young pilgrims had just completed re-enactments of the slaying of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson and revered saint, Imam Hussein, when the Katyusha rocket exploded. Another seven people were critically injured in the attack in Tal Afar, 260 miles northwest of Baghdad.
BERN Police detained about 200 protesters who took part in an illegal demonstration Saturday against the World Economic Forum, which starts this week in eastern Switzerland.
Police prevented an initial group of 100 people from marching through the city. Later, a larger number of protesters throwing bottles met with police using tear gas and water cannons. Observers said that police also used rubber shots.
Venezuela: Chavez threats
CARACAS President Hugo Chavez threatened on Saturday to take control of banks that fail to meet state-imposed loaning requirements designed to benefit Venezuela's farmers.
Chavez, who says he is leading Venezuela toward "21st century socialism," accused many private banks of neglecting laws requiring them to set aside nearly a third of all loans for agriculture, mortgages and small businesses at favorable rates.