China: Tibet protest unfurled
BEIJING Foreign activists scaled a landmark building in Beijing early today to unfurl a "Free Tibet" banner over the top of an Olympic Games billboard, in the latest unauthorized protest during the Games.
Students for a Free Tibet said five people three Americans, a Briton and a Canadian were detained by police after hanging the banner from the new headquarters of state-owned China Central Television, which is still under construction.
Television footage by Britain's Sky News showed the activists, draped in Tibetan nationalist flags and wearing helmets, dangling from ropes as they hung the black-and-white banner about 20 feet off the ground. Police quickly took the banner down.
Argentina: Child deaths probed
BUENOS AIRES Argentine authorities are investigating a possible link between the deaths of 14 children and an experimental vaccine they were taking in a clinical trial.
Argentina's food and drug agency has told The Associated Press that it is checking to see if the deaths are linked to the Synflorix vaccine, which is aimed at fighting pneumonia, ear infections and several other pneumococcal diseases.
The vaccine is manufactured by the Britain-based GlaxoSmithKline PLC.
Sarah Alspach, a spokeswoman for the company in the U.S., says the company is not blaming the deaths on the vaccine.
Australia: Panel falls off plane
SYDNEY An engine access panel fell off a Qantas Airways jumbo jet en route to Singapore from Melbourne, Australia, on Friday, the latest in a string of incidents for the airline.
Inspectors conducting a routine check in Singapore on the Boeing 747-400 noticed the small panel had become detached, a Qantas spokeswoman said.
"This had absolutely no flight safety implications," said the spokeswoman, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Guatemala: Arrests in slaying
GUATEMALA A Guatemalan prosecutor says two brothers have been detained in the slaying of an American tourist last weekend.
Prosecutor Eliseo Quinonez tells The Associated Press that investigators are comparing material from two men arrested Thursday to fingerprints and other evidence found at the scene of the crime.
Retired Alaska resident Daniel Dryden was killed Saturday in a botched robbery by four machete-wielding assailants aboard his sailboat in a lake in northeastern Guatemala. His wife, Nancy, survived the attack.
Mexico: Gunmen kill 8
CIUDAD JUAREZ Officials say gunmen killed eight people at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in this border city.
Police say five others were wounded in the Wednesday night attack.
Police spokesman Cesar Ramirez says the people were listening to a pastor's sermon when the gunmen barged in and opened fire. He says police found 61 casings inside the center.
Ramirez says authorities are investigating and have made no arrests.
Mexico: Iselle gains strength
MEXICO CITY Tropical Storm Iselle slowly gained strength far off Mexico's southern Pacific coast on Thursday but was not expected to threaten land.
Iselle had maximum sustained winds near 50 mph, a slight increase from when the storm formed Wednesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami reported.