China: Bombs wound 3
KUQA Attackers hurled homemade bombs at government buildings in western China today, wounding three officers, state media said, amid tightened security following an attack days before the Beijing Olympics opened and threats by a militant group to disrupt the Summer Games.
It was unclear how many assailants were involved in the pre-dawn explosions in Kuqa, a county in the restive Muslim region of Xinjiang, but the official Xinhua News Agency said police shot dead five of the suspects.
Gaza Strip: Poet dies at 67
GAZA CITY Mahmoud Darwish, a Palestinian cultural icon whose poetry eloquently told of his people's experiences of exile, occupation and infighting, died Saturday in Houston. He was 67.
The pre-eminent Palestinian poet, whose work has been translated into more than 20 languages and won numerous international awards, died following open heart surgery at a Houston hospital, said Nabil Abu Rdeneh, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Japan: Gas leak injures 13
FUKUSHIMA Thirteen people were hospitalized complaining of feeling unwell after toxic gas leaked from a factory in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, on Saturday, police said.
Phosgene gas used to make chemicals and pharmaceuticals leaked from the plant at Showa Denko K.K.'s Higashi-Nagahara site at about 6 a.m., reportedly causing minor injuries to 12 employees and a resident.
Mexico: Hurricane Hernan
MEXICO CITY Hurricane Hernan reached Category 3 strength far out to sea on Saturday, becoming the first major hurricane of the eastern Pacific season.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Hernan was beginning to weaken and its wind strength had dropped slightly to 115 mph late Saturday. The center said the fifth hurricane of the season poses no threat to land.
Syria: U.N. experts barred
DAMASCUS Syria said Saturday it would bar U.N. nuclear investigators from revisiting a site bombed by Israeli jets on suspicion it was a secretly built atomic reactor.
The move dealt a blow to International Atomic Energy Agency efforts to follow up on intelligence indicating Syria was hiding a nuclear program that could be used to make weapons. Syria denies it has hidden nuclear facilities.
Venezuela: 3,000 protest
CARACAS About 3,000 opponents of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez marched through the capital on Saturday to protest a package of laws that expand his power and accelerate his push toward socialism.
Shouting chants and waving balloons reading "play fair," they complained that some of the laws resemble constitutional reforms sought by Chavez that voters rejected at the polls in December.
Vietnam: 82 die in floods
HANOI The death toll from northern Vietnam's floods and landslides rose to 82 after 20 more bodies were recovered, officials said Sunday.
"The water is receding but very slowly," said official Luong Tuan Anh of Yen Bai province, where 29 people died. Floods and landslides, which were brought by tropical storm Kammuri, have battered the region since Friday night.