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The item about the detention of Kurds in a Turkish police crackdown incorrectly described the rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party as Turkey's main Kurdish party. The main Kurdish party is the Democratic Society Party.
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A collision between an oil tanker and a passenger bus in Canete, Peru, left at least 20 people dead. The bus was like a "crematorium," an official said.
A collision between an oil tanker and a passenger bus in Canete, Peru, left at least 20 people dead. The bus was like a "crematorium," an official said. (Associated Press)
Wednesday, April 15, 2009

AFGHANISTAN

Couple Executed For Trying to Elope

A Taliban firing squad killed a young couple in southwestern Afghanistan for trying to elope, shooting them with AK-47s in front of a crowd in a lawless, insurgent-controlled part of Nimruz province, officials said Tuesday.

A council of conservative clerics in the remote district of Khash Rod decided that the 19-year-old woman and 21-year-old man should be killed, officials said, adding that the two were shot Monday.

"Unfortunately, Khash Rod is an area that is almost out of the control of the government," Nimruz Gov. Ghulam Dastagir Azad said. "We don't have coalition or Afghan army forces there like we do in other districts."

-- Associated Press

MEXICO

Drug Group Found With Antiaircraft Gun

A woman was arrested guarding an arsenal that included an antiaircraft machine gun -- the first weapon of its kind seized in Mexico, police said Tuesday. The arsenal belonged to a group linked to the powerful Beltran Leyva drug cartel, they said.

Mexican drug cartels battling a crackdown by soldiers and federal police have increasingly acquired higher-powered weapons recently, leaving police -- particularly state and municipal forces -- grossly outgunned and prompting many officers to quit.

Police on a routine patrol Monday found the gun fitted atop an SUV at a house in northern Sonora state.

-- Reuters

Collision in Peru Kills 20: At least 20 bus passengers were burned alive after the vehicle collided with a gas tanker on a highway about 100 miles south of Lima. Officials said "very few" of the roughly 30 passengers escaped alive. "The vehicle was like a crematorium," a police colonel said.

France Pushes Women's Rights: France launched a campaign to warn potential victims of forced marriages and female genital mutilation, with stark posters and booklets showing a wedding ring made of barbed wire. France is home to an estimated 55,000 victims of female genital mutilation, mostly of African origin, and about 70,000 young women who are at risk of being forced to marry, officials said.


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