Canada: Student shot at school
TORONTO (AP) A teenage student was shot and critically injured during a fight outside a Toronto high school Tuesday, police said.
Police locked down the Bendale Business and Technical Institute and several other schools nearby. They said they had a description of the gunman, who fled along with several witnesses.
Police chief Bill Blair said the teenager was shot in the abdomen during a fight involving a number of young men just outside the school building. Toronto once prided itself as one of the safest cities in North America but it has seen a surge in gun violence in recent years.
Britain: Body exhumed
LONDON (AP) Scientists have exhumed the body of a British diplomat who died of flu during the World War I-era pandemic that killed tens of millions around the world, hoping to find clues that might help fight a future global influenza outbreak.
The BBC said Tuesday that it had filmed virologist John Oxford exhuming Sir Mark Sykes, who died in 1919. Oxford's team took tissue samples before reburying the body in its grave in East Yorkshire in northeast England last week. The BBC will broadcast the program Wednesday. Understanding more about the 1918-19 pandemic, known as the Spanish flu, might help scientists design better treatments for the H5N1 strain of avian flu.
China: Milk linked to 3 deaths
BEIJING China's health minister says a third death of a baby has been reported in the country's spreading scandal over tainted milk formula, and more than 6,200 infants have become sick.
Chen Zhu told a news conference Wednesday of the 6,244 babies that were sickened after being fed tainted milk powder, 158 were suffering from acute kidney failure.
He says that the third baby died in eastern Zhejiang province. The two earlier deaths had been reported in Gansu province.
Nigeria: Oil plant attacked
LAGOS (AP) Fighters from Nigeria's main militant group attacked an oil installation, the latest clash in a surge of violence in country's southern petroleum-producing region, the group said Wednesday.
A senior leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta told The Associated Press that the group's fighters hit a pipeline-interchange station run by the local unit of Royal Dutch Shell PLC.
The leader, who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid capture by the authorities, said the fighters chased away military personnel at the installation in southern Rivers State and destroyed the station. Officials for Shell weren't immediately available for comment.
Thailand: New prime minister?
BANGKOK (AP) A majority of Thai lawmakers have voted to elect ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's brother-in-law the new prime minister.
The vote was still under way Wednesday in Thailand's lower house of Parliament, but more than 236 lawmakers have supported the candidacy of 61-year-old Somchai Wongsawat.
The prospect of a prime minister related to the disgraced, deposed Thaksin and linked to his allies in the ruling People's Power Party was unlikely to disperse anti-government protesters who have been camped at the prime minister's official compound since Aug. 26.
Venezuela: Diplomatic asylum
CARACAS (AP) A Venezuelan government opponent who has sought refuge inside the Vatican's diplomatic mission for the last year and a half has been granted asylum by the Holy See, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Lawyer Alonso Medina Roa told The Associated Press that the Vatican approved diplomatic asylum for 34-year-old Nixon Moreno, who has been holed up in the Vatican's mission in Caracas since March 2007.
The former student is wanted by Venezuelan authorities on charges of attempted murder and lascivious acts against a female police officer. He denies the allegations, saying he is fleeing political persecution and his life is in danger.