Peru: Unneighborly leaders
LIMA Peru's president said Tuesday that he's sick of Bolivian President Evo Morales criticizing Peru's trade pact with the United States, spreading false rumors about American military bases and urging Peruvians to protest in the street.
Things really got unneighborly when Morales called President Alan Garcia "fat."
Garcia said he is tempted to borrow the words Spain's king tossed at Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez last year: "Why don't you shut up?"
China: 5 officers stabbed
BEIJING Shanghai authorities say a man stormed into a police station and stabbed five officers to death.
The Shanghai public security bureau says in a news release that the 28-year-old man rushed into the building Tuesday morning after setting a fire outside a gate. He started attacking police officers who were working inside.
The bureau says five officers died after being taken to a hospital. Four other police officers and one security guard were injured.
Germany: Another soccer loser
BERLIN A catfish has apparently choked to death after trying to chow down a soccer ball in a Bavarian canal.
German police say the 6 1/2-foot-long fish was found dead Monday, floating on the surface of the water with a blue-and-white soccer ball in its mouth.
"He tried to eat the ball and it got stuck," police spokesman Karl-Heinz Kuberlein said Tuesday.
"Whether the fish was caught up in soccer ball fever in the aftermath of the European championship and hence snapped at the ball can unfortunately not be determined," police said in a statement.
Jamaica: Goodwill strained
KINGSTON A U.S. Christian group said Tuesday it will find a new location for its goodwill trips to Jamaica after 39 young missionaries were robbed at gunpoint in the crime-prone capital of Kingston.
The American missionaries from the Georgia-based Adventures in Missions were robbed Monday by two gunmen who broke into a Salvation Army school for the blind where they were volunteering, said school official Major Ward Matthews.
"They're just glad that no one pulled the trigger," Matthews told The Associated Press.
Mongolia: State of emergency
ULAN BATOR The president declared a four-day state of emergency in Mongolia's capital early Wednesday after protesters stormed the headquarters of the ruling party, alleging fraud in weekend parliamentary elections.
President Nambaryn Enkhbayar's decree allowed police to use force in dealing with the thousands of rock-throwing protesters who thronged the headquarters of the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party and set it on fire. The crowd had not dispersed despite repeated volleys of tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons.
Sweden: Fury over snooping
STOCKHOLM Swedes may cherish openness and transparency but not enough to accept a new law giving the government the right to snoop on all e-mails and phone calls crossing the country's borders.
Outrage over the statute has led to 2 million protests filed by e-mail.
The online petition drive comes as other European Union countries consider granting authorities unprecedented spying powers over their own citizens amid fears of a mounting terror threat.