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World News: Bangladesh Garment Factory Fire Kills at least 100

By: AP
By: AP

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- An official says firefighters have recovered 100 bodies after a fire raced through a multi-story garment factory just outside Bangladesh's capital.
Fire department Operations Director Maj. Mohammad Mahbub told The Associated Press that they recovered the bodies after the fire broke out late Saturday at the factory.
He says the factory, located just outside of Dhaka, was operated by Tazreen Fashions.

BEIJING (AP) -- China's official news agency says the country has successfully landed a fighter jet on its first aircraft carrier.
Xinhua News Agency says the landing exercise marked the debut of a J-15 fighter jet, a carrier-based fighter-bomber developed by China.
Citing unnamed naval sources, Xinhua said Sunday that the carrier platform and J-15 capabilities met all requirements and achieved "good compatibility."
Xinhua says the J-15 is able to carry anti-ship, air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles and precision-guided bombs.
China's Liaoning ship formally entered into service in September, underscoring China's ambitions to be a leading Asian naval power. But it is not expected to carry a full complement of planes or be ready for combat for some time.

18 Chinese miners die in coal-gas explosion
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese state media say 18 people have died in the country's latest coal mine accident.
The official Xinhua News Agency said five people remained trapped underground Saturday after a coal and gas explosion in Xiangshui coalmine in southwestern China's Guizhou province.
It says 28 workers were in the mine at the time of the accident. Five of those have been rescued.
China has the world's deadliest coal mine industry, with 1,973 miners killed in accidents last year.
Safety improvements have reduced deaths in recent years, but regulations rules are often ignored and accidents are still common.
In August, a mine blast in southwestern China's Sichuan province killed 44 people, the highest single accident toll for the industry in nearly three years.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippines' top diplomat has told the country's future military leaders that they must stand their ground in any territorial disputes with China.
The comments from Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, which were released Saturday, come as disputes over the South China Sea have escalated recently. China has enraged several neighbors with a map printed in its newly revised passports that show it staking its claim on the entire South China Sea.
A statement published Saturday on the ministry's website quoted del Rosario as telling Philippine Military Academy cadets: "What is ours is ours and we should stand up to protect what is ours."
It said del Rosario spoke to the cadets on the challenges the country faces in defending its claims to areas in the South China Sea.

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Several thousand people have turned out for a rally in Mali's capital, Bamako, to show support for "the authentic Islam" and to say no to religious extremism.
Saturday's rally took place as the international community considers a possible military intervention in order to flush out the Islamic extremists that seized control of Mali's northern half eight months ago.
The rally is being led by the country's Muslim leaders. They have been joined by political leaders as well as Capt. Amadou Sanogo, who led the April coup which destabilized the country, and created the chaos that allowed al-Qaida-linked militants to take over the north.
Organizer Adama Kone says people gathered "to safeguard the tenets of the authentic Islam ... an Islam that is based on tolerance, peace."

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Voters in the industrious and economically important northeastern region of Catalonia are voting in elections that could determine the future shape of Spain.
The regional government, led by Artur Mas, called early elections as part of a power struggle with the central government run by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
While Rajoy is immersed in combatting Spain's worst financial crisis in recent years, Mas claims Catalonia is being asked to shoulder too much of the tax burden and that it could do better if it separated and tried to become an independent member state of the European Union.
If voters give Mas strong support on Sunday, he has pledged to hold a referendum asking Catalans if they would prefer to split from Spain and go it alone in the 27-member EU.

10,000 march in Dublin against next Irish budget
DUBLIN (AP) -- About 10,000 socialist protesters have marched through Dublin in opposition to government plans to unveil Ireland's sixth straight austerity budget next month.
Saturday's protest filled the major boulevard, O'Connell Street, with marchers from across Ireland. Many bore banners denouncing government leaders and vowing not to pay new and future tax hikes. A few came dressed as Santa Claus and bore signs claiming the government was about to steal Christmas.
Ireland is committed to annual cuts and tax hikes through at least 2015 as part of its austerity program, begun in 2009, to combat yawning deficits and fund a colossally expensive bank rescue program. Ireland faced national bankruptcy in 2010 and was forced to negotiate an international bailout. Those European Union-International Monetary Fund loans run out next year.

Greek protesters march against mining projects
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- About 3,000 protesters have marched in the northern Greek city in protest against what they claim are environment-threatening gold mining projects.
Riot police barred the protesters' intended route to the Canadian Consulate on Saturday, but no incidents were reported.
Canadian company Eldorado Gold Corp. is involved in four gold mining projects, all in northern Greece. Three of them are at the planning stage. The fourth, and biggest, in the Halkidiki peninsula, had been pursued a decade ago by another Canadian company, TVX, but was cancelled.
Opponents of the projects include owners of houses rented to tourists, environmentalists and leftist activists opposed to any foreign investment. Local communities have been bitterly divided, with many residents hoping to benefit from the more than 1,000 jobs that the investors say would be created.

UK political dispute over foster kids' removal
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's education secretary says he will investigate how local officials removed three children from their foster family because of concerns about the parents' political beliefs.
The Rotherham borough council sparked criticism Saturday when it was revealed that its social workers removed the children, who are European migrants, because their foster parents are members of the right-wing U.K. Independence Party.
The party wants Britain to withdraw from the EU and favors immigration curbs. Social workers said they were concerned that the children's "cultural and ethnic needs" may not be met in the foster family.
Education Secretary Michael Gove condemned the decision as arbitrary and indefensible, saying that political beliefs should not stop anyone from fostering children.
Rotherham is near Manchester.

Haiti veterans in hiding renew vow to remobilize
MARIANI, Haiti (AP) -- The leaders of a small group of ex-soldiers who agitated for the return of Haiti's disbanded military earlier this year are renewing that call following six months in hiding.
Four former sergeants tell The Associated Press they want to see Haitian President Michel Martelly honor his campaign vow to re-establish the army. They say they want to do so without violence.
The men and their followers went into hiding in May after a pro-army street march drew hundreds and police then arrested 50 people on charges that included conspiracy. Authorities also closed the old military bases the group had illegally occupied.
The veterans talked with the AP on Saturday at a hillside clearing southwest of the Caribbean nation's capital where they say they resumed training a month ago.

Gov't raids opposition print plant in Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Government intelligence agents have raided a business printing opposition political pamphlets ahead of next month's state elections in Venezuela.
Zulia state Gov. Pablo Perez says the raid by the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service in the western city of Maracaibo is an attempt to intimidate opponents of President Hugo Chavez's government. He told reporters on Saturday that such actions are "abuses of power."
The intelligence agency's regional chief Carlos Calderon tells the Panorama newspaper that agents on Friday found pamphlets that aimed to "sabotage the candidacy" of Francisco Arias Cardenas, a Chavez ally running against Perez in the Dec. 16 elections.
Calderon didn't give details but said officials reported the propaganda to electoral authorities.


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