Fire at Spanish nuclear plant Spanish authorities closed down a nuclear power plant after a fire in an electrical generator, the Spanish Nuclear Safety Authority (CSN) said. The fire at the Vandellos II complex near Tarragona was put out and no injuries or environmental damage was reported, said the CSN. The Greenpeace said however that a large column of smoke had been seen coming from the complex turbine room.
MADRID - Agence France-Presse
Russian officers killed in Chechnya
Two senior Russian officers were killed when their armored vehicle was hit by explosives in Russia's restive Chechnya on Sunday, Interfax news agency reported, two days after a gun attack in a nearby province. In the latest incident, a major and a lieutenant-colonel died of their wounds and two other officers were injured after a bomb and gun attack on their three-vehicle convoy near the village of Agishty.
MOSCOW - Reuters
Curfew imposed in Kashmir Valley
Security forces fired tear gas and used batons to try to break up protests in Indian Kashmir yesterday, hours after authorities imposed an indefinite curfew in Muslim-majority areas of the volatile Himalayan region. The curfew comes amid a weekend general strike in the region's main city and the largest protests against Indian rule in more than a decade.
SRINAGAR - The Associated Press
Pension referendum in Latvia fails
A Latvian referendum called to vote on raising old age pensions failed to gather enough votes, results showed yesterday, causing relief for the ruling four-party centre-right coalition. The government, led by Prime Minister Ivars Godmanis, had opposed the Saturday referendum, saying the pension raises would have cost more than 300 million Latvian lats and brought the social security system into bankruptcy.
RIGA - Reuters
Militants control key Somali port
Islamic militants have seized control of Somalia's third largest city after three days of fighting that left about 70 people dead and saw thousands flee Kismayo. The Islamic courts movement, which controlled the capital, Mogadishu, and much of the south for six months in 2006, said Saturday that it wrested control of the southern port city of Kismayo from clan militias.
MOGADISHU - The Associated Press
Plane crash in Utah kills 8
At least eight people were killed when the twin-engine plane they were traveling in crashed near an airport close to the mountain biking mecca town of Moab, Utah, the county sheriff said Saturday. The plane crashed near Canyonlands Field close to Arches National Park, Grand County Sheriff James Nyland told AFP. All of the victims appeared to be from Utah, Nyland added.
LOS ANGELES - The Associated Press