News Briefs 5/6


Raging fire contained in Okla.

A deadly fire that burned through several square miles near Guthrie, Okla., and destroyed at least six homes was substantially contained Monday morning, but fire officials said they were worried that hot, dry and windy weather could cause the blaze to resume its dangerous march.

Some of the roughly 1,000 people who were evacuated on Sunday were allowed to return to the southern area of the fire, Guthrie Fire Chief Eric Harlow told the Los Angeles Times on Monday.


Chinese sailors rescued by U.S. Air Force

Air Force rescue specialists from a base in Arizona were sent to bring two critically injured Chinese sailors from more than 1,000 miles off the Mexican coast to a burn unit in San Diego.

According to initial reports, a Venezuelan fishing boat found 11 of the Chinese sailors in a raft on Friday. Four were badly burned, two of whom later died, the Air Force said.

ATHENS, Greece

At least 22 drown as vessels sink

At least 22 people, including four children, were confirmed drowned and seven were still missing after two migrant vessels trying to enter Greece sank off the eastern Aegean island of Samos on Monday, coast guard officials said.

The Greek coast guard was combing the waters off Samos for signs of survivors. They said 36 people — 32 men, three women and a child — were pulled to safety.

The survivors were identified as 24 Somalis, nine Syrians and three Eritreans, the coast guard said.

The cause of the accident was not immediately clear.


Vatican seeks to block sex abuse discussions

A United Nations hearing on the Vatican’s compliance with the international anti-torture convention should not be used to review sex abuse scandals, a Vatican envoy made clear Monday at the start of the session.

The Holy See faced the U.N. Committee Against Torture in Geneva as part of that body’s regular country review process, in the second such hearing since the Catholic Church clashed with the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child in February.

This week’s session on Monday and Tuesday should focus strictly on the convention, which defines torture as state-sponsored violence for such purposes as punishment, coercion or discrimination, said Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican’s Geneva envoy.


China ID’s suspected suicide bomber

Chinese police have identified a 39-year-old Uighur man they suspect to be one of the first Chinese suicide bombers and have put out a nationwide alert to identify a second man killed in an attack last week at a train station in Urumqi.

The attack took place on Wednesday night, the eve of the busy May Day holiday, and killed three people — including the two assailants — and left 79 injured.

It happened hours after Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up a tour of the far northwestern Xinjiang region during which he called for a crackdown on terrorism.


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