World News: Mideast, Syrian Update; Chinese Unrest; Arafat Grave 'Dug Up"; Spain Flooding

By: AP
By: AP

BEIJING (AP) -- Police say a traffic accident has sparked protests in a southeastern Chinese city, with angry residents smashing police cars and overturning three police vans.
Residents say thousands took part in the protests. The reason for Saturday evening's clashes is unclear.
One resident says onlookers were angry because police and paramedics took nearly an hour to arrive and help the injured.
A Hong Kong-based rights group says the protests had to do with corruption.
Police in Fuan city in Fujian province said Sunday that a sedan had collided with a car and three motorcycles at just before 8 p.m. Saturday, leaving five people injured.
An online statement said: "The accident made a small number of local people dissatisfied, so they smashed police vehicles and overturned three police vans."

BEIJING (AP) -- Activists say a Tibetan woman has died after becoming the latest of dozens to set herself on fire to protest Chinese rule.
The Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet says Chagmo Kyi, a taxi driver with two children, self-immolated Saturday afternoon in a square in Tongren county in western China's Qinghai province.
The group says it was the eighth self-immolation in the Tongren area since Nov. 4 and the 75th in ethnically Tibetan areas since February 2009.
According to the group, hundreds of Tibetans were surrounded by troops as they attended the woman's cremation at a site where monks and lamas are usually cremated.
Authorities in the area either refused to comment or said they hadn't heard about the self-immolation. Calls to Tongren police rang unanswered.

Rights group: Myanmar forces supported attacks
BANGKOK (AP) -- A leading international rights group is accusing Myanmar security forces of supporting some of the brutal anti-Muslim violence last month that forced 35,000 people from torched homes.
The allegations come one day before President Barack Obama visits Myanmar after a year and a half of unprecedented democratic reforms in the country.
Human Rights Watch says soldiers in some parts of western Rakhine state tried to stop Buddhist attacks and protect Muslim civilians, known as Rohingya.
But the group says Myanmar needs to do much more to protect the stateless minority, who are denied citizenship because they're considered foreigners from Bangladesh.
The New York-based rights group released new satellite imagery Sunday detailing extensive destruction of Muslim areas across Rakhine state.
There was no immediate comment from Myanmar's government on the allegations.

Blast kills 1, injures 5 in Indian Kashmir
SRINAGAR,India (AP) -- Indian police in Kashmir say a blast in a liquor shop has killed one person and wounded another five.
A police officer says a grenade is suspected to have been used in Saturday's attack on the outskirts of Jammu, the winter capital of the Indian portion of Kashmir. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.
Nearly a dozen militant groups have been fighting against Indian rule in the Himalayan region. In the past, they have demanded closure of liquor shops.
However, no one claimed responsibility for Saturday's blast.
On Thursday, gunmen fired into a liquor shop in Srinagar, killing one person in Indian-run Kashmir's main city.
Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan, which have fought two wars over it since 1947.

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistan is secretly racing to develop its own armed drones, frustrated with U.S. refusals to provide the aircraft.
But it's struggling with a lack of precision munitions and advanced targeting technology.
China has offered to help by selling Pakistan armed drones it developed. But industry experts say there is still uncertainty about the capabilities of the Chinese aircraft.
Pakistan has asked the U.S. to provide it with armed drones, but Washington has refused because of the sensitive nature of the technology and doubts that Pakistan would reliably target U.S. enemies.
The development of unmanned combat aircraft is especially sensitive in Pakistan because of the widespread unpopularity of the hundreds of U.S. drone strikes against Taliban and al-Qaida militants in the tribal region bordering Afghanistan.
The Pakistani government denounces the CIA strikes as a violation of the country's sovereignty. Pakistani officials also say the strikes kill many civilians and fuel anger that helps militants recruit additional fighters.

BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say Syrian rebels have taken control of an airport in the country's east along the border with Iraq after days of heavy fighting with the forces of President Bashar Assad.
Rami Abdul-Rahman, the chief of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says opposition fighters overran the Hamdan airport in the oil-rich province of Deir el-Zour on Saturday. The airport, near the border town of al-Boukamal, has been turned into a military base during Syria's 20 months of conflict that has left over 36,000 people dead.
Rebels had been making advances in al-Boukamal town for weeks. On Thursday, they seized control of the military security building and a military checkpoint at the edge of the border town.
At least four rebels were killed in the ongoing battle, Abdul-Rahman said.

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's military says soldiers shot at Syrian fighters after gunfire from the Syrian civil war spilled over to the Israel-controlled Golan Heights.
A military spokesman said soldiers deployed artillery toward the source of fire late Saturday night.
Speaking on condition of anonymity according to protocol, the spokesman said it identified a hit. He did not know if they were Syrian rebels or forces loyal to President Bashar Assad.
Syrian shells have exploded inside the Golan Heights several times in recent weeks damaging apple orchards, sparking fires and spreading panic but causing no injuries. Israel is worried that if Assad is toppled, Syria could fall into the hands of Islamic extremists or descend into sectarian warfare.

Palestinian rockets target Tel Aviv for 3rd day
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- Israeli officials say Palestinian militants have fired a rocket toward the metropolis of Tel Aviv for a third straight day.
Air raid sirens have sounded throughout the city, and explosions were heard on Saturday.
There were no immediate details on where the projectile landed.
In Gaza, Hamas militants said they had launched an Iranian-made Fajr 5 rocket.

A look at Israel's "Iron Dome" anti-missile defense system
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military is calling its "Iron Dome" a big success.
Israel has used the missile-defense system to intercept rockets Gaza-based militants have been firing toward civilian areas over the last four days. The military says the home-grown system has shot down some 240 incoming rockets, more than half the number launched into Israel since Wednesday.
Residents of Tel Aviv cheered today as an Iron Dome battery shot down a rocket headed for the city.
The system has been operational since last year and five batteries have been deployed, including the one set up outside Tel Aviv today.
Officials say the Iron Dome has a roughly 80 percent success rate. It detects rocket launches and quickly calculates the flight path. If the rocket is headed toward populated areas or sensitive targets, an interceptor with a special warhead is fired. It's capable of striking the incoming rocket within seconds.
The Iron Dome is meant to protect against short-range rockets used by militants in the Gaza Strip and Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon.
Israel has also deployed its "Arrow" missile defense systems for long-range threats from Iran.

Lull in Gaza rocket fire, Israel keeps up strikes
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Rocket fire from the Hamas-run Gaza Strip has subsided as cease-fire efforts appear to be gaining momentum.
But the Israeli military is pressing ahead with its offensive against Palestinian rocket squads there.
The Israeli military said Sunday morning that Gaza militants haven't attacked Israel since the night before.
The lull coincides with Egyptian-led efforts to negotiate an end to the 5-day-old confrontation.
Israel is reluctant to let up without signs a truce would hold. Military aircraft attacked smuggling tunnels and other targets across Gaza, including a media building.
A Gaza health official said two Gaza teen-agers were killed when another building was hit.
Thousands of Israeli troops are massed near the Gaza border, meanwhile, awaiting an order to invade should Israeli leaders decide to widen the operation.

Turkish PM in Cairo vows support for Gaza
CAIRO (AP) -- Turkey's prime minister has vowed support for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahn) described Egypt's uprising that ousted longtime autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak from power last year as a point of hope for Palestinians. The Turkish leader delivered his remarks in a speech at Cairo University Saturday.
He also met Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi for the first time since the Islamist leader was elected late June.
The Turkish leader is in Egypt with a delegation of 12 ministers and 350 businessmen.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people protested outside the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, where Arab foreign ministers are meeting to discuss Israel's fierce air assault on rocket operations in Gaza, which is run by the Islamic militant Hamas group.

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Two Palestinian officials say workers with jackhammers are opening the concrete-encased grave of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in his former compound in the West Bank.
The officials say the work started Saturday and is to take up to two weeks. Arafat's remains are to be exhumed by French, Swiss and Russian investigators to check for a radioactive substance, polonium-210. The investigation came after a Swiss lab this year discovered traces of the deadly isotope on some of Arafat's clothes, sparking new suspicions he was poisoned.
The Palestinian officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the work at the gravesite is shrouded in secrecy, amid cultural sensitivities over digging up the remains of a revered leader. Arafat died in November 2004, a month after suddenly becoming ill.

ASSIUT, Egypt (AP) -- A speeding train that crashed into a bus carrying Egyptian children to their kindergarten on Saturday has killed 51 people and prompted a wave of anger against a government under mounting pressure to rectify the former regime's legacy of neglect.
The crash, which killed 48 children between four and six years old and three adults, led to local protests and accusations from outraged Egyptians that President Mohammed Morsi is failing to deliver on the demands of last year's uprising for basic rights, dignity and social justice.
The accident left behind a mangled shell of a bus twisted underneath the blood-splattered train outside the city of Assiut, some 200 miles south of Cairo. Children's body parts, their books, schoolbags and tiny socks were strewn along the tracks.
Several hours after the accident, Morsi appeared on state television, promising an investigation and financial compensation for victims' families. His transport minister and the head of Egypt's railways resigned.
The response, his critics say, comes too little too late. For months, transport workers have been complaining about poor management and poor working conditions.

Torrential rains flood Spanish tourist city
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's meteorological agency has placed the southern region bordering the Mediterranean on alert due to torrential rain that has submerged the downtown area of the region's capital city.
Malaga, on the Costa del Sol, one of Europe's most popular beachside tourist destinations, has endured almost five inches 5 inches (13 centimeters) of rain from midnight to midday Saturday, the agency said.
Television footage showed torrents of water plunging rapidly downhill through streets and the city's main shopping quarter chest-deep in muddy water with hours more heavy rain still expected to fall.
The rain caused large traffic jams as tunnels and boulevards flooded. Local media reports said the coast had also been hit by a mini-tornado.


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