MUMBAI - Reuters Quake hits northeast Iran
An earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter Scale shook part of northeastern Iran near the town of Kadkan in Khorasan Razavi province early on Friday, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. The earthquake struck at 3:40 am (2310 GMT) causing panic and sending an estimated 15,000 residents fleeing from their homes to open areas, the report said. The news agency said no casualties were reported.
TEHRAN - Agence France-Presse
Fires threaten two California towns
California firefighters made a desperate stand as darkness fell on Thursday to save more than 4,000 homes and other structures from a pair of out-of-control wildfires burning about 170 miles (273 km) apart along the California coast. The most imminent danger was to homes around Goleta, near Santa Barbara, where flames were fast approaching 2,600 homes and transmission lines.
Cholera toll hits 11 in Kenya
A cholera outbreak has left at least 11 people dead and infected several others in western Kenya, a health ministry official said on Thursday. They died in the Rift Valley and Nyanza provinces over a period of about two weeks, government spokesman Alfred Mutua said. Cholera is a waterborne disease, which causes serious diarrhoea and vomiting and can be fatal if not treated within 24 hours.
NAIROBI – Agence France-Presse
Court rejects Thaksin's request to leave
Thailand's former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who faces a slew of court cases, has been barred from leaving the country by order of the Supreme Court, a court official said Friday. Thaksin and his wife Pojaman are due to appear in court Tuesday to face charges of abuse of power and conflict of interest in the purchase of prime Bangkok real estate during his term.
BANGKOK - The Associated Press
Blast hurts 11 in Baluchistan
A bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded on Friday outside a bank in the Pakistani city of Quetta, capital of gas-rich Baluchistan province, wounding 11 people, police said. There was no claim of responsibility but separatist insurgents in Pakistan's western province of Baluchistan have been fighting for control of its gas resources for years.
QUETTA - Reuters