Study: 80% of darfur deaths not violent
New research on the conflict in Sudan's western Darfur region shows that more than 80 percent of the 300,000 deaths since fighting began in 2003 were the result of disease, not violence. The findings, published Friday in the medical journal the Lancet, suggest many among the millions of people uprooted by the conflict could remain at great risk of succumbing to the malnutrition, diarrhea and waterborne diseases that have ravaged their squalid refugee camps even as fighting has ebbed. Fighting between rebels and Sudanese government forces began in Darfur in 2003, driving 2.7 million people from their homes and creating an enormous humanitarian crisis in the vast desert region. Researchers at the Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters at the Catholic University of Louvain in Brussels, Belgium, put together the study, which found the number of deaths from violence peaked in early 2004.
Muslim cleric back home by private jet
A radical Muslim cleric who served time in a British jail for inciting murder and stirring racial hatred has returned by private jet to his native Jamaica after several unsuccessful attempts to deport him from Kenya. Abdullah el-Faisal arrived in Kingston on Friday night on a jet paid for by the Kenyan government, traveling from Burkina Faso to Antigua via Cape Verde, authorities said. El-Faisal spoke briefly to reporters before he left with two members of the local Muslim community. "I'm traveling for two days and you want me to give you an interview?" he was quoted as saying in Saturday's edition of the Jamaica Observer newspaper.
Pakistan: Militants ambushed security forces at checkpoints in two regions close to the Afghan border Saturday, sparking gunbattles that left 22 insurgents and two troops dead, officials said. Elsewhere in the northwest, a suicide bomber killed a police officer and three passers-by.
Iran: A train accident in northeastern Iran killed at least eight people Saturday and injured dozens of others when four wagons of a five-car passenger train traveling between Tehran and Mashhad derailed. Gholam-Reza Masoumi, head of the State Emergency Center, said the death toll was likely to rise.
Denver: An airplane flying from Washington to Las Vegas was diverted Saturday to Denver International Airport after a passenger tried to open a door while the plane was in flight. Airport spokesman Jeff Green said police who met the plane at the gate took the passenger into custody. Green said he did not know if the man would be charged.