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14 are dead in collapse of Egypt building

Rescue workers Tuesday pulled the bodies of 14 people from the rubble of an 11-story apartment building that collapsed after fire broke out on a bottom floor.

All but two of the dead were firefighters and police who had rushed inside to help.

Most residents had been evacuated Monday night by the time the building came down in the middle class Cairo suburb of Nasr City, avoiding a disaster. Officials said 33 people were hospitalized with injuries.

Rescue officials said 14 bodies had been recovered. They include 12 firefighters and police officers who were in the building trying to evacuate tenants and put out the blaze in a ground-floor appliances store.

Nine more bodies found

at Canadian pig farm

VANCOUVER, British Columbia _ Canadian police on Tuesday said they found the remains of nine more women for a total of 31 at a pig farm owned by the man alleged to be Canada's worst serial killer.

Authorities said six of the women had vanished from the drug-infested east side of downtown Vancouver. Three others have not been identified.

Robert William Pickton, 54, has been charged with 15 counts of first-degree murder in the disappearances of women over 20 years. No court date has been set.

Mexicans call 11 corpses

evidence of drug war

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico _ Police have dug up 11 bodies in the back yard of a house in this Mexican border city, in what they called the latest evidence of a growing drug battle being waged along the U.S.-Mexico frontier.

The victims apparently were rivals of the Vicente Carrillo drug gang and were executed with "extreme violence" as long as six months to one year ago, said Attorney General Rafael Macedo de la Concha. Several of the victims had been strangled or suffocated.

Mexican investigators said the property appeared to be a safe house for Humberto Santillan Tabares, who was arrested Jan. 15 across the border in El Paso, Texas. Mexican authorities identified Santillan as one of the chief lieutenants of Carrillo, who is alleged to be one of Mexico's major drug traffickers.

Elsewhere Tuesday . . .

HAMAS ORDERED TO PAY: A federal judge in Providence, R.I., ordered the Palestinian group Hamas to pay $116-million in damages for the deaths of an American citizen and his Israeli wife near the West Bank in 1996. The ruling upheld a magistrate judge's decision last month on behalf of relatives of Yaron and Efrat Ungar.

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