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41 guests are killed as tent catches fire at Kuwait wedding

Kuwait

41 guests killed as Tent catches fire at wedding

A wedding tent caught fire Saturday, killing at least 41 female and children guests and injuring 76 others, authorities said. The official Kuwait News Agency quoted the fire department chief, Brig. Gen. Jassem al-Mansouri, as saying 41 bodies were recovered in Jahra, a tribal area west of Kuwait City. The news agency said 76 people were hospitalized with burns. Wedding parties in the conservative oil-rich country are held separately for men and women. Children attend the women's party. Mansouri said holding such parties in tents could be banned.

Mexico

Gangs blamed as 19 die in prison riot

A prison riot in northern Mexico that left 19 inmates dead and more than 20 injured on Friday increased the pressure on the Mexican government to overhaul its overcrowded penal system. "The penitentiary at Gomez Palacio continues to be a time bomb," said Jorge Torres Castillo, the public safety secretary in the northern state of Durango. He said the penitentiary in Gomez Palacio, a low- to medium-security state prison about 135 miles south of the Texas border, was housing federal inmates on serious drug and organized crime charges because of a shortage of space in federal prisons.

Britain

Protesters target far-right festival

Hundreds of antifascist protesters tried to block people Saturday from attending a festival held by the far-right, anti-immigrant British National Party, which has been encouraged by recent electoral success. Police said they made 19 arrests after scuffles broke out during the rally of about 750 to 900 protesters in the village of Codnor in central England. About 100 people attending the festival were delayed by protesters, a party leader said.

Turkey

Start of Kurdish attacks marked

Turkey marked 25 years Saturday since the first Kurdish rebel attacks, with Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin, Interior Minister Besir Atalay and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan calling for reconciliation. The fighting began Aug. 15, 1984, when separatist rebels attacked police and military units in the southeastern towns of Eruh and Semdinli, then fled to bases in northern Iraq. Since then, about 40,000 people have died as the rebels seek autonomy for Kurds concentrated in Turkey's southeast. Kurdish activists held a festival Saturday in Eruh.

Elsewhere

Mexico: A moderate earthquake struck in a mountainous region of southern Mexico. The U.S. Geological Survey said the Saturday morning quake had a magnitude of 5.3 and was centered 5 miles from the city of Arcelia, in the Pacific Coast state of Guerrero.

Mexico: An ex-general serving as police chief of Monclova in northern Mexico escaped an assassination attempt that killed three of his bodyguards Friday.

Sri Lanka: Downpours in northern Sri Lanka have flooded camps housing more than 250,000 people displaced by the fighting between the government and the Tamil Tigers, according to aid officials.

Peru: Farmers seized 13 police officers and four civilians at a hydroelectric dam in Peru's Andean region and want an unspecified quantity of fertilizer for their release, officials said.

Times wires

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