Anti-Thaksin protesters march on UK embassy Thousands of protesters clad in bright yellow marched to the British embassy in Bangkok yesterday to demand that ousted Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra be sent home to face corruption charges. Chanting "Return Thaksin home" and waving banners reading "Most wanted criminals: Thaksin and (his wife) Pojaman", the noisy crowd blocked traffic in one of the capital's main shopping districts.
BANGKOK - Agence France-Presse

18 killed in Chinese mine accident

Eighteen of 25 miners trapped in a coal mine after an explosion on Monday have died and the fate of the rest is unknown, a government office said. The blast occurred Monday at the Baijiagou mine in Faku, a county in the northeast province of Liaoning, the State Administration of Work Safety said Tuesday in a posting on its Web site. Fifty-six miners escaped without injury, the notice said.

BEIJING - The Associated Press
Talks in peril as Philippine troops hunt rebels
Troops yesterday stepped up a manhunt for Muslim separatist rebels after a murderous rampage in the southern Philippines left 38 people dead and threw peace negotiations into chaos. Hundreds of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels attacked towns in Lanao del Norte and Sarangani provinces Monday, looting businesses, burning houses and holding dozens of hostages.
ILIGAN - Agence France-Presse
Bus crash in England kills one
A collision between a coach carrying South Africans, Lithuanians, and Poles and a car in central England Monday left one man dead and more than 60 people injured, emergency services said. According to a spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service, the coach careered down an embankment after the crash in the village of Alton, Staffordshire, rolled onto its side and ended up in the garden of a house.
LONDON - Agence France-Presse
Most of Mauritania's parties back coup
Most of Mauritania's political parties joined forces to back this month's military coup Monday, even as a rally supporting the ousting of the country's president drew thousands of people. Republican Party for Democracy and Renewal (PRDR) leader, Sidi Mohamed Ould Mohamed Vall, said the backing by two-thirds of the country's 59 political parties "is dictated by the necessity to preserve the stability of the country."
NOUAKCHOTT - Agence France-Presse
35 people arrested in Montreal
Thirty-five people have been arrested by Montreal police as part of their investigation into a riot last weekend following the fatal police shooting of a teenage boy. Montreal police Chief Yvan Delorme said Monday that security has also been beefed up at the station serving Montreal North, the gritty immigrant neighborhood where the riot happened.
MONTREAL - The Associated Press