Sunday, April 16, 2006


Istanbul bombing leaves 31 injured

ISTANBUL — An explosion on a busy pedestrian street on the outskirts of Istanbul wounded 31 persons yesterday, police said, in the latest violence to strike Turkey in recent weeks.

Istanbul’s police chief, Celalettin Cerrah, said two civilians were in critical but not life-threatening condition and had been hospitalized for emergency surgery. He told reporters that two plainclothes policemen, patrolling the area, had been injured from broken glass.

Istanbul has been struck by a series of bombings in recent weeks amid the worst street riots in more than a decade in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast, which left 16 dead.


Industrial espionage worries government

OTTAWA — The government is worried about the extent of Chinese industrial espionage inside Canada and will raise its concerns with Beijing, Foreign Minister Peter MacKay said in an interview broadcast yesterday.

Mr. MacKay said it was particularly important to protect such Canadian companies as Research in Motion Ltd., maker of the portable e-mail BlackBerry device.

Research In Motion said last week that it expected to introduce its wireless e-mail service in China by midyear. Canadian press reports say state-controlled China Unicom Ltd. this month introduced its own version, nicknamed the RedBerry.


Rubber bullets fired amid general strike

KATMANDU — The capital ran low on fresh food and fuel yesterday because of a general strike that shut down the city, and thousands of angry pro-democracy demonstrators clashed with police firing rubber bullets.

The emboldened opposition urged Nepalis to stop paying taxes to the government of King Gyanendra, who responded by further banning protests on the capital’s outskirts.


Leadership shakeup expected this week

HANOI — Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party is widely expected to reshuffle its leadership this week but continue on the path of greater economic openness and global integration.

Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, 72, and President Tran Duc Luong, 68, are both anticipated to step down to make way for younger leaders at the party’s congress, held once every five years.

The party will also decide whether 65-year-old General Secretary Nong Duc Manh remains in the top post, but continuity in the country’s overall direction is not in doubt, analysts said.


Danube floodwaters threaten the Balkans

BELGRADE — The Danube threatened to overcome soaked anti-flood defenses in Serbia’s capital and wash through towns across southeastern Europe after heavy rains yesterday helped push it to its highest levels in a century.

The river rose to a 111-year record high on Saturday, displacing hundreds of people across the Balkans and putting thousands more at risk.

Mayor Nenad Bogdanovic appealed to citizens to avoid a popular recreation spot on the Sava River, saying some young women had pierced sandbags with their high heels, increasing the danger of collapse.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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