World Briefs: Thousands protest against Osprey aircraft
BEIJING — Survivors of a series of earthquakes that killed 81 people and injured more than 800 in a mountainous area of southwestern China were desperately waiting for more aid to arrive Sunday as jolting aftershocks kept fears high and hindered rescue efforts.
The latest victim was a 2-year-old child who was hit by a falling wall as an aftershock struck Saturday night, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.
The first earthquakes struck Friday in a region of small farms and mines near the border between Guizhou and Yunnan provinces, where some of China’s poorest people live. They toppled thousands of homes and sent boulders cascading across roads, and authorities evacuated more than 200,000 villagers.
The area was still being jolted by aftershocks Sunday, raising fears of more injuries and fatalities.
Truck drivers block streets in protest
RAMALLAH — Dozens of Palestinian truck drivers blocked the main streets of Ramallah on Sunday to protest rising prices.
Nearby, about two dozen quarry workers also held a demonstration. The protests were the latest in a series of small but snowballing strikes against the Western-backed Palestinian Authority over rising prices and delayed payment of salaries to more than 150,000 civil servants.
The Palestinian Authority, which governs Palestinians in the West Bank, is suffering a budgetary shortfall because the U.S. and Arab countries that sustain it haven’t paid all the aid money that they have promised.
Palestinian officials have done little to calm the protests, apparently hoping to show foreign donors the potential consequences of their fragile economy falling apart.
• From wire dispatches and staff reports