World news briefs: 9/28/13

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Building falls, at least 11 dead

MUMBAI, India -- Scores of people were feared trapped or dead after a five-story residential building collapsed early Friday, the fifth deadly collapse this year in and around Mumbai, a city with crumbling housing infrastructure and poor building standards. At least 11 people were confirmed dead.

The authorities said it was too early to determine the exact cause of the collapse or the number of people trapped or dead inside the structure, the Babu Genu Market building.

Onlookers said the building had more than 100 residents, nearly all of whom were probably home when the structure fell. The building was about 30 years old, officials said.

Kenyan troops faulted

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Kenya's military caused the collapse of three floors of the Westgate Mall in the deadly terrorist siege, a top-ranking official disclosed Friday, while the government urged patience with the pace of an investigation that has left key questions unanswered.

Seven days after 67 people were killed in the attack on the upscale shopping center, there is still no clear word on the fate of dozens who have been reported missing and no details on the terrorists who carried it out.

The account of the roof collapse raises the possibility that the military may have caused the death of hostages in its rescue attempt. An undisclosed number of people are feared to be buried in the rubble.

Bus bombing kills 18

PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- A bomb exploded aboard a bus carrying local government officials in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing at least 18 people and wounding dozens of others, officials said.

The attack in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, occurred as the government workers were returning to their homes outside the city for weekly Friday Muslim prayers. It was the second deadly attack in less than a week in Peshawar, where residents are still grieving after 85 people were killed at a Christian church there Sunday.

In addition to the fatalities, hospital officials said, at least 42 people were injured.

Sudanese protestors killed

KHARTOUM, Sudan -- Police in Sudan have killed dozens of people who took part in protests over fuel subsidy cuts that spread through the country this week, human rights activists said Friday.

The cuts have led to a doubling of the cost of gasoline and an increase of more than 25 percent in the cost of public transport.

Thousands of mostly young people have taken part in protests in various cities, where police reportedly used live ammunition.

Human rights group Amnesty International said at least 50 people were killed, while activists in Sudan said the true count was above 100. The state-run SUNA news agency said 29 people, including police officers, were killed.

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