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Dutch foreign minister says Balkan war crimes suspect is sick

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The Dutch foreign minister told Parliament on Thursday that he heard in Serbia that war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic is sick and engaged in unspecified negotiations.

Ben Bot, briefing lawmakers about a Monday trip to Belgrade, said top Serbian leaders had told him the former Bosnian Serb wartime commander was ailing and "speaking with associates," a foreign ministry spokeswoman said.

Foreign Spokeswoman Hannah Tijmes described the briefing but did not describe the topic of the negotiations or provide other details.

Ministry officials did not identify Bot's sources. Bot met with the prime minister, foreign minister and president during his visit to Belgrade on Monday, Tijmes said.

Contradictory statements from officials in Belgrade have generated confusion about how close authorities are to capturing Mladic, who has been indicted on genocide charges for allegedly orchestrating the 1995 slaughter of some 8,000 Muslims in the U.N. enclave of Srebrenica in Europe's worst massacre since World War II.

Fire kills 51 workers at Bangladesh textile mill

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh - A fire raged through a Bangladesh textile mill, killing at least 51 people late Thursday, officials said.

The fire injured more than 150 workers at the KTS Textile Mill, doctors at Chittagong Medical College Hospital said.

No sign of Mexican miners as methane levels rise

SAN JUAN DE SABINAS, Mexico - Rescue workers arrived at the spot where two of 65 coal miners were believed trapped in an explosion Sunday, but they found no sign of them, officials said Thursday. Rescuers also were encountering increasingly toxic levels of methane gas as they advanced into the mine.

Aerial photos may show roof of buried school

GUINSAUGON, Philippines - Aerial photographs showed what is believed to be the green roof of an elementary school swamped by a landslide, but it was far from its original site, the provincial governor said Thursday.

Crews planned a risky mission to try to reach the roof today, provincial Gov. Rosette Lerias said. More than 240 students and teachers were believed trapped inside by the Feb. 17 landslide.

Rescue efforts, meanwhile, lasted only a few hours Thursday before they were halted amid concerns that heavy rains could spark a new landslide.

The death toll stood at 129 with another 938 missing, Lerias said.

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