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Five arrested in anti-poverty protests

PARIS — Police arrested five people in northern France on Thursday in the first detentions in connection with recent rioting that renewed concerns about security in areas facing high unemployment.

The eruption of violence in Amiens was a reminder of long-standing tensions between police and young people in impoverished neighborhoods. Those tensions flared into riots in 2005 that raged unchecked across the country for nearly a month.

The local government in Amiens said two suspects were caught while trying to burn garbage cans overnight. All five arrested, including two minors, were set to see a judge on Thursday.

More than 100 people are believed to have taken part in the rioting, which left more than a dozen police officers injured and a pre-school and a public gym in ashes. Police are still looking for more participants, although tensions appear to have subsided since Tuesday.


Three tainted cronies named to Cabinet

KAMPALA — Uganda’s president has announced a new Cabinet that features three politicians who had resigned their posts amid corruption allegations last year.

The reinstatement of the three officials — who have been taken to court over allegations they misused money during the 2007 Commonwealth summit in Uganda — has drawn condemnation from activists who say they are unfit for public office. The officials, whose case is now before Uganda’s Supreme Court, deny any wrongdoing.

They include Sam Kutesa, a close associate of President Yoweri Museveni, as well as John Nasasira and Mwesigwa Rukutana. All three are senior members of the ruling party.

South Africa

Police open fire on striking mine workers

JOHANNESBURG — South African police opened fire Thursday on a crowd of striking workers at a platinum mine, leaving an unknown number of people injured and possibly dead. Motionless bodies lay on the ground in pools of blood.

Police moved in on striking workers who gathered near the Lonmin PLC mine Thursday afternoon, after urging them to give up their weapons and go home to their hostels and shacks. Some did leave, though others carrying weapons began war chants and soon started marching toward the township near the mine, an eyewitness said.

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