Troops end clashes in Lebanon Lebanese troops deployed in volatile districts of the northern city of Tripoli yesterday, ending 24 hours of sectarian clashes that killed four people and wounded 75. The military moved in after religious and political leaders of the mainly Sunni Muslim port brokered a truce deal between Sunni Muslim supporters of the government and Alawite gunmen close to the opposition, led by Hezbollah.
TRIPOLI - Reuters
Africans die on boat to Spain
Fourteen African immigrants, including nine children, died from heat exposure trying to reach Spain by boat from North Africa, police said yesterday. A Civil Guard spokesman said 34 people were rescued overnight from the boat about 25 miles (40 km) off the coast of southern Spain after they had survived five days at sea.
MADRID - Reuters
Brazil's Lula visits Vietnam
Brazil's president sought to increase trade ties with Vietnam yesterday during his first visit to the Southeast Asian country, while Vietnam said it hoped to benefit from Brazil's football skills. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said commerce between the two nations has surged recently, but that they could do more to increase the volume of trade.
HANOI - The Associated Press
Deaths in Leicestershire crash
Six young people have been killed after a serious crash involving a car and a lorry near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, police said yesterday. The accident occurred about a mile south of the town on the A607 road shortly before 2 a.m. The 48-year-old lorry driver was initially arrested in connection with the incident but later released without charge.
LONDON – Reuters
Thai FM quits over temple row
Thai Foreign Minister Noppadon Pattama quit yesterday after a political row over Bangkok's support for the listing of a disputed ancient temple on the Thai-Cambodian border as a World Heritage site. Noppadon, targeted for impeachment after a court ruled Thailand's backing for the listing of Preah Vihear temple was unconstitutional, insisted he had done nothing wrong.
BANGKOK - Reuters
Bombs blast vehicles in Athens
Homemade bombs detonated overnight at two locations in Athens, damaging vehicles including one of the Moroccan Embassy, police said yesterday. Devices made from gas canisters set alight the Moroccan embassy vehicle in a northern Athens suburb and two police motorcycles in the south of the city, a police source said. Nobody had claimed responsibility for the attacks.
ATHENS - Agence France-Presse