INDIA-STAMPEDE: Police in India say 68 people have been killed in a stampede at a Hindu
religious festival in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh.The
stampede was triggered today (Sunday) when a railing collapsed under the
weight of pilgrims at the hilltop Naina Devi Temple (in Bilaspur
district). Authorities say at least 30 of the victims were children.
More than 40 other people were injured. They have been taken to hospitals in
nearby towns for treatment.
SOMALIA EXPLOSIONS: Witnesses in Somalia's capital say a roadside bomb explosion has killed at least
20 people, mostly women. Today's (Sunday's) early morning blast
ripped through a group of female street cleaners.Witnesses counted 15
bodies at the scene, while five other people died after being taken to
Mogadishu's Medina Hospital. More than 40 others were injured.No one has
claimed responsibility for the
IRAQ: Iraqi police say a car bomb in northern Baghdad has killed 12 people.At
least 22 others were wounded in today's (Sunday's) attack, which took
place near a passport office in the capital's northern Adhamiya district.
In other violence in Iraq's capital, nine people, including six
civilians, were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near a police patrol.
The bombings came hours before Iraq's parliament is scheduled to hold a
special session to try to resolve a dispute about power-sharing proposals for
the northern region of Kirkuk.
UN-BURMA: The United Nations' new human rights envoy for Burma is due to arrive in Rangoon
today (Sunday) on his first mission to the military-run
nation.U.N. investigator Tomas Ojea Quintana will be in Burma until
Thursday at the invitation of the military government.Quintana, who
assumed his post in May, has requested to meet with Burmese officials and
representatives of opposition groups. He also is scheduled to visit areas
devastated by Cyclone Nargis in early May.
CAMBODIA-THAILAND: Cambodian officials say Thai soldiers have occupied a second temple site on
their border, escalating a dispute that has been simmering since July
15th.The officials said today (Sunday) the Thai troops were
recently deployed at the Ta Moan Thom Temple in a northwestern border region of
Cambodia.Hundreds of troops from both countries have been deployed near
the 11th-century Preah Vihear temple since mid-July, after Cambodian authorities
arrested three Thai activists. The activists were detained for illegally
entering Cambodia to reach the temple.