China: Mine blasts kill 36
BEIJING Two mine accidents in different parts of China have killed at least 36 people and left another 35 missing, state media said today.
The official Xinhua News Agency said 31 miners were killed in a gas explosion before dawn today at a private mine near Dengfeng city in Henan province in central China. Rescuers were searching for nine others. Xinhua also reported that five miners were killed and 26 were still missing after a coal mine fire Saturday in Hegang city in Heilongjiang province in northeast China.
Iraq: Assassination attempt?
BAGHDAD The head of Iraq's journalists union survived an apparent assassination attempt Saturday when a bomb exploded outside the organization's office in Baghdad, the latest in a long string of assaults on Iraqi media employees.
The target, Muaid Lami, was hospitalized with arm and chest wounds, according to police and to a colleague. The blast also wounded five other people who were near the offices of the union, known as the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate, in western Baghdad.
Mauritania: 12 bodies found
NOUAKCHOTT Mauritania's army on Saturday found the bodies of 12 soldiers who were attacked last week in an ambush purportedly claimed by a branch of al-Qaida, a government spokesman said.
The men were found with their throats cut in the open desert about 20 miles north of the town of Tourine the site of Monday's ambush said spokesman Mohamed Ould Mohamed Abderahmane Ould Moine.
Spain: Car bomb explodes
MADRID The Interior Ministry says a car bomb has exploded on the outskirts of the Basque capital, causing considerable damage but no injuries.
A ministry spokeswoman says the bomb went off early today in Vitoria-Gasteiz. A telephone warning by a person claiming to speak on behalf of the armed Basque separatist group ETA was made to local police at around 11:15 p.m., giving enough time to evacuate and cordon off the area, the spokeswoman said.
Taiwan: Air turbulence
TAIPEI Taiwan's China Airlines says one of its jetliners suffered severe air turbulence on a flight to Indonesia, injuring 30 passengers.
The airline says Saturday's incident occurred in Malaysian airspace and lasted for about 10 seconds. The airline said today that two passengers and four crew members were hospitalized for broken bones or sprains after the plane arrived on the resort island of Bali in Indonesia. The plane was carrying 339 passengers.
Thailand: Beating denied
BANGKOK The Vietnamese government said Saturday that an Associated Press journalist was violating its laws when he photographed a demonstration by land protesters in Hanoi but sought to deny that he was beaten while in police custody.
AP Hanoi Chief of Bureau Ben Stocking emerged from a police station Friday with matted blood on his head and trousers, and a gash in his head requiring four stitches. After his 2 1/2 hours in detention, he immediately had to seek treatment at a private clinic for the head injury. Nevertheless, a Foreign Ministry statement attributed to spokesman Le Dung said "there was no beating.