Argentina: Disco owner on trial
BUENOS AIRES An Argentine nightclub owner, six rock musicians and three low-level public officials went on trial Tuesday for a 2004 discotheque blaze that killed 194 concertgoers in the country's deadliest fire.
Prosecutors accuse nightclub owner Omar Chaban of packing the 1,500-capacity club with more than 4,000 people and blocking exits to keep ticketless fans from sneaking in.
India: iPod motive in slaying?
CALCUTTA A 14-year-old schoolboy in eastern India has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a younger student who refused to hand over her iPod, police said Tuesday.
The boy allegedly pushed the 10-year-old girl off a 30-foot bridge then climbed down and strangled her unconscious body on Monday, said Swapan Banerjee, the officer in charge of the local police station in Seuri.
India: Safe-sex ring tone offered
NEW DELHI A cell-phone ring tone that sings "Condom, condom!" has been launched to promote safe sex in India, where condoms carry a strong social stigma even though HIV and AIDS are growing problems, health experts said Tuesday.
The a cappella ring tone is a playful approach that public health activists hope will make condoms more socially acceptable.
Mexico: Priest sparks outrage
MEXICO CITY A Catholic priest's condemnation of miniskirts on an official church Web site is causing outrage among some Mexican women, who say the Roman Catholic Church is making it easier to justify sexual violence against women.
The Rev. Sergio G. Roman sounded the alarm against miniskirts in an online publication to prepare Catholics for a church family-values forum.
Paraguay: Commander replaced
ASUNCION Paraguay's new president is replacing the nation's police commander four days into the new administration.
Federico Acuna is taking the reins from Fidel Isasa in the nation's top police post.
President Fernando Lugo swore in Acuna and other high-ranking officers on Tuesday in Asuncion.
Puerto Rico: Governor indicted
SAN JUAN A U.S. federal grand jury handed down a new indictment against Puerto Rico Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila Tuesday, charging him with four counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with alleged campaign finance violations.
It accused Acevedo and others in his campaign of receiving some $250,000 in illegal funds from a local businessman.
Thailand: Hey! Glitter can't stay
BANGKOK British glam rocker Gary Glitter was refused entry into Thailand, officials said today, a day after the convicted child molester was freed by Vietnam following nearly three years in prison.
The 64-year-old Glitter arrived at Bangkok, Thailand's international airport after Vietnam deported him. But he failed to board a connecting flight to London, and officials denied him entry into Thailand, a senior immigration official told The Associated Press.
Zambia: President dies at 59
LUSAKA Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa, who broke the African tradition of silence and solidarity among leaders to denounce neighboring Zimbabwe's economic ruin, died in a French military hospital Tuesday. He was 59.
Mwanawasa had suffered a stroke at an African summit in Egypt in June.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Mwanawasa's death "a great loss."