Zambia: President mourned
LUSAKA Zambians wept on the streets of the capital, Parliament suspended its session and even a doctors' strike was called off as the southern African nation mourned its president Wednesday.
The Zambian flag flew at half staff throughout the country, and radio and television stations replaced normal programs with messages of condolence after President Levy Mwanawasa died Tuesday in a French military hospital where had been treated since suffering a stroke in June.
"President Mwanawasa was a true servant of the people who served this country with dignity and honor," Kenneth Kaunda, the founding president of Zambia, said in a message that was aired.
Algeria: Car bombs kill 12
ALGIERS Twin car bombs rocked a hotel and military headquarters in Algeria, killing 12 people Wednesday, a day after a suicide bombing nearby killed 43. The new bombings were the sixth major terrorist action this month in the North African nation.
No group has claimed responsibility for the recent spate of killings, including the two remote-controlled car bombs that struck the city of Bouira on Wednesday. But all six occurred in an area east of the capital where militants from an Algerian offshoot of al-Qaida are suspected to operate.
Cameroon: 9 inmates die
YAOUNDE Nine inmates were electrocuted Wednesday while trying to escape from one of Cameroon's largest prisons, a staff member of the justice minister said.
Their bodies were found draped around the prison's perimeter fence, the staffer said. The electrocution set off a fire that seriously burned around 20 other prisoners trapped in their cells. They had second-degree burns, the staff member said.
Canada: Outbreak kills 1
TORONTO An outbreak of listeriosis has killed one person and sickened at least 16 others, Canadian public health officials said Wednesday, as a food company suspended production at a Toronto plant and expanded a recall of nearly two dozen types of packaged meats.
The Public Health Agency of Canada said it was working with officials in four provinces to establish any link between the outbreak and the affected products recalled by Maple Leaf Foods.
Listeriosis is a kind of food poisoning. Symptoms include fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
On Sunday, the company announced it had discovered listeria bacteria in roast beef and corned beef made at the Toronto facility.
Pakistan: Hideout destroyed
DERA ISMAIL KHAN Missiles destroyed a suspected militant hideout near the Afghan border Wednesday where foreign insurgents were known to frequent, killing at least five people, Pakistani officials said.
The reported strike which raised suspicion the U.S. was again targeting militants in Pakistan came days after Pervez Musharraf's resignation from the presidency triggered a power struggle within the young government.
Leaders of the ruling coalition are divided over who should succeed the former military ruler and on the restoration of dozens of judges he fired last year in a desperate attempt to cling to power.
Philippines: Rains kill 7
MANILA Rains from Typhoon Nuri triggered a series of landslides and floods in the northern Philippines, killing seven people before the storm moved on Thursday toward Hong Kong.
Nuri, packing winds of 87 mph and gusts of up to 106 mph, was forecast to make landfall over Guangdong province, just east of Hong Kong on Friday afternoon.