Philippine troops retake towns
Philippine troops have retaken several southern towns from Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) after the guerrillas burned houses and hacked to death at least 11 people in the latest outburst of violence, officials said yesterday. A rebel spokesman blamed yesterday's rebel raid on a renegade commander frustrated with the slow progress in peace talks, which hit a snag when the Supreme Court blocked an accord to expand an autonomous Muslim region.
MANILA - The Associated Press
Japanese police to arrest 3 activists
Japanese police have obtained arrest warrants for three activists from the U.S.-based animal rights group Sea Shepherd for allegedly attacking Japanese whaling ships last year, Kyodo News agency reported yesterday. Tokyo District Court granted the warrants after the police request. Japanese police would place two Americans, ages 41 and 30, and one Briton, 28, on an international wanted list, Kyodo said.
TOKYO - The Associated Press
Canadian PM calls special election
Canada's Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper called yesterday for a special parliamentary election to fill a vacant parliamentary seat this fall. The special election is set for Sept. 22. Three other special elections, to fill parliamentary seats, are slated to be held on Sept. 8. The Conservatives have held power since 2006 - the longest a minority government has ever been in office.
OTTAWA - The Associated Press
Plane crash kills 5 in central England
Two small planes collided in midair and crashed in central England on Sunday, killing five people, emergency workers said. The crash involved a Cessna carrying four people, and a light aircraft, which only had the pilot onboard, police said. The debris from the collision stretched across several miles. No one on the ground was reported injured.
LONDON - The Associated Press
Landslide kills 5 in Bangladesh
Chunks of earth loosened by heavy rains buried several hillside, thatched huts in southeastern Bangladesh yesterday, killing five people and injuring another seven, authorities said. Rescuers recovered the bodies of three women and one child from the debris, while another injured man died en route to hospital, local police official said.
CHITTAGONG - The Associated Press
Alleged war criminal fights extradition
An 86-year-old alleged war criminal accused of torturing and murdering a young Jewish man in World War II faced a last-ditch fight against extradition from Australia to Hungary yesterday. Charles Zentai is accused of beating to death teenager Peter Balazs in 1944 in Budapest while serving as a soldier in the army of his native Hungary, then allied with Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany.
PERTH - Agence France-Presse