Detained Chinese Migrants
Attempt Suicide in Australia
* SYDNEY -- Fearing they would be deported, more than a dozen Chinese nationals detained in Australia for immigration violations slashed their wrists and other body parts in an attempted suicide on Saturday, refugee advocates said.
Australia's Immigration Department said that 13 detainees had inflicted "self-harm" but said no deaths had occurred. It did not give details of the incident at the Villawood immigration detention camp in Sydney.
Prime Minister John Howard said on Friday his government was looking at ways to speed up rulings on immigration applications.
* PRETORIA, South Africa -- World Bank President Paul D. Wolfowitz wrapped up a four-nation African tour, saying new leadership on the troubled continent was creating opportunities for partnerships with wealthy countries to fight poverty and encourage development.
* CAIRO -- Sudan signed a reconciliation deal with one of the country's largest opposition groupings, the National Democratic Alliance, seeking to end a 16-year conflict with an agreement officials hope will also help resolve the bloody fighting in Darfur.
* LAGOS, Nigeria -- Militants in southern Nigeria released six oil workers taken hostage by a group demanding $20 million from Shell for local communities, a government official said.
* SEOUL -- A South Korean soldier threw a grenade at his commander and then opened fire on his fellow soldiers Sunday near the border with communist North Korea, killing eight and injuring two others, the Defense Ministry said.
* BEIJING -- Chinese police have detained 22 suspects in connection with a clash over land that killed six villagers last weekend in the province of Hebei.
* BANGKOK -- Global protests will be staged and thousands of birthday cards sent to draw attention to the plight of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's pro-democracy leader, who turns 60 on Sunday, her 3,523rd day under military detention.
* BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- Kyrgyzstan's interim leadership accused Askar Akayev, the country's ousted president, of being behind a brief takeover Friday of government headquarters -- an allegation denied by the deposed leader.
* MADRID -- Bishops and nuns marched with hundreds of thousands of other Spaniards Saturday through Madrid to protest gay marriage, in a culmination of months of tension between Catholics and the Socialist government.
THE MIDDLE EAST
* RAMALLAH, West Bank -- The Palestinian parliament passed a long-delayed election law paving the way for a legislative vote that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas postponed indefinitely earlier this month.
-- From News Services