Brazil: Soldiers arrested
RIO DE JANEIRO Eleven Brazilian soldiers were arrested after allegedly turning over three shantytown residents to a drug gang that executed them and left their bodies in a garbage dump, police said Monday.
The killings touched off anti-military protests on Sunday and Monday in the Providencia shantytown, with residents burning city buses and throwing rocks at soldiers.
Rio state Gov. Sergio Cabral denounced the soldiers as criminals, local news media reported.
Guyana: Pit bulls targeted
GEORGETOWN A spate of maulings by pit bulls prompted Guyanese authorities on Monday to ban imports of the breed into the South American nation.
Agriculture Minister Robert Persaud told reporters the import ban would last until Guyana's lawmakers review the matter in coming weeks.
Public debate about the breed erupted when a pit bull escaped from a yard and severely mauled a jogger in the capital. The victim had to be flown to the U.S. for reconstructive surgery to his hands, legs and upper body.
In May, a 58-year-old security guard died after he was attacked by a pack of pit bulls.
Japan: Quake toll hits 10
KURIHARA Soldiers pulled the body of a 58-year-old man Monday from a hot spring inn knocked down by a landslide in northern Japan, bringing the death toll in a weekend earthquake to 10.
Authorities said 12 people were still missing from Saturday's 7.2-magnitude quake, which tore across the rural area, triggering a series of deadly landslides that barreled into homes and swept away roads.
Lebanon: Rice backs accord
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday she welcomes a new power-sharing arrangement in Lebanon even though it increased the power of Hezbollah militants at the expense of U.S.-backed moderates.
"Obviously in any compromise there are compromises," Rice said during a surprise visit to meet Lebanon's new consensus choice for president. The election of former Army chief Michel Suleiman last month is the clearest sign that Lebanon stepped back from the brink and that the deal with Iranian-backed Hezbollah is taking hold.
Russia: Chechnya attack
ROSTOV-ON-DON A group of militants opened fire on a convoy of security officers in Chechnya on Monday, killing three and injuring five, a local interior ministry official said.
The unit of border guards were attacked in their cars on a road in a central district of the republic, the official said, on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to speak to the media.
The officers, whose unit belonged to the local branch of the Federal Security Service, returned fire, dispersing the attackers, the official said. Police helicopters chased the militants, he said.
Zimbabwe: Mugabe won't cede
HARARE President Robert Mugabe, campaigning for re-election in a presidential runoff June 27, warned he would not cede power to Western-backed opponents, the state media reported Monday.
"We shed a lot of blood for this country. We are not going to give up our country for a mere X on a ballot. How can a ball-point pen fight with a gun?" the Herald, a government mouthpiece, quoted Mugabe.