China: Inspectors at dairies
BEIJING China's food safety watchdog sent inspectors to the country's main dairy producing regions on Sunday after at least 432 babies were sickened by tainted milk powder produced by a Chinese company.
Officials have defended their response to China's latest product safety disaster, saying that authorities have detained 19 people and are questioning 78 others about how the banned chemical melamine was added to milk sold to Sanlu Group Co., China's biggest milk powder producer.
China: Slide toll hits 254
BEIJING The governor of a northern Chinese province resigned Sunday after the death toll in a landslide triggered by the collapse of an illegal mining dump rose to 254, state media and an official said.
The landslide last Monday in Shanxi province's Xiangfen county was triggered when the retaining wall of a mining dump containing tons of liquid iron ore waste collapsed, inundating a village of 1,300 residents and an outdoor market in a matter of minutes.
Japan: Vendor's rampage kills 1
KANAZAWA A sickle-wielding festival vendor went on a slashing rampage at an autumn festival at a shrine in Hakusan, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Saturday evening, killing a man and injuring six other people, police said. One of the injured is critical.
Officers from Tsurugi Police Station arrested the alleged assailant, Toshiaki Arai, at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder after he had been restrained.
Arai reportedly snapped after being teased by festival participants and left his stall selling children's toys at Kuwajima Shrine.
Mexico: Inmates riot at Tijuana
TIJUANA Prisoners angered by the alleged deaths of inmates at the hands of guards rioted Sunday at a state penitentiary in this Mexican border city, injuring at least four prisoners.
The four suffered bullet wounds and were evacuated for treatment, Red Cross official Fernando Esquer said. It was unclear who shot them.
Prison authorities have refused to give any information, and it was unclear how much of the compound was under the prisoners' control.
Sudan: Rebel-held areas hit
KHARTOUM Sudanese government forces waging an offensive in northern Darfur have attacked rebel-held areas farther south, including a base belonging to a group that signed a peace deal with the government, rebels said Sunday.
At least three fighters were killed and nine injured in an attack on the base Saturday, said Mohamed Bashir, chief of staff of former rebel leader Minni Minawi, the only one to sign a peace deal with the government. The assault came just before sunset as the fighters in Kolge, in the east Jebel Marra area, were preparing for the Muslim meal to break the fast during the month of Ramadan.
Turkey: Ferry sinks; 23 missing
ANKARA A ferry carrying some 100 people sank in the Sea of Marmara late Sunday, killing at least one person, officials said. At least 23 more were missing.
The coast guard and fishing boats pulled 72 people out of the sea that separates the Aegean and the Black Sea, a government statement said.
The 390-foot ferry, which was loaded with 73 trucks and two cars, went down shortly after leaving the northwestern port of Bandirma on its way to Istanbul.