World Briefs: China protest turns violent

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SHANGHAI -- A huge demonstration against a planned waste incinerator in one of eastern China's biggest cities turned violent Saturday with protesters overturning and setting fires to police cars, leaving at least 10 demonstrators and 29 police officers injured, according to Xinhua, the official state-run news agency.

A city official Sunday said that construction on the incinerator, in the city's Yuhang district, would not go forward without public support and proper legal approvals.

The protest is the latest indication that China's increasingly affluent residents are willing to challenge the government on health and environmental issues. Over the past few years, there have been similar demonstrations in Shanghai, Shenzhen and other major cities.

S. Sudan cease-fire breaks

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- A renewed commitment to end five months of fighting in South Sudan was broken within hours as the government and rebels blamed each other for violating a truce that came into effect late Saturday.

Both sides were in "active combat" around Bentiu, the capital of oil-rich Unity state, while five rebel positions in Upper Nile region were shelled, Lul Ruai Koang, a spokesman for rebel forces, said in an emailed statement Sunday. Government troops early Sunday repelled an attack near Bentiu, President Salva Kiir told reporters in Juba. Insurgents also attacked at Mathiang near Nasir in Upper Nile, Mr. Kiir said.

Clashes erupted in the world's newest nation Dec. 15 after Mr. Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup, a charge he denies. The violence has left thousands of people dead and forced more than 1 million to flee their homes, according to the United Nations.

Syria presidential campaign

DAMASCUS, Syria -- On billboards and in posters taped to car windows, new portraits of President Bashar Assad filled the streets of Damascus on Sunday as Syria officially opened its presidential campaign despite a crippling civil war that has devastated the country and left large chunks of territory outside of government control.

The Syrian opposition and its Western allies have denounced the June 3 election as a sham designed to lend Assad, who is widely expected to win another seven-year term, a veneer of electoral legitimacy. The government, meanwhile, has touted the vote as the political solution to the conflict.

Samsung chair recovering

SEOUL, South Korea -- The chairman of Samsung Electronics, Lee Kun-hee, who helped transform the business into a technology giant, was in stable condition Sunday after having a heart attack, the company said.

While he has not directly overseen many of Samsung's products, including its popular smartphones, Mr. Lee is credited with shaping Samsung into one of the most profitable consumer electronics companies in the world.

Boko Haram action urged

LAGOS, Nigeria -- The U.N. Security Council must impose sanctions on the Islamic extremists that abducted more than 300 schoolgirls, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, a leading Nigerian rights group, said Sunday, adding that expressions of concern and condemnation are not enough.

The call comes as more experts are expected in Nigeria to help in the search, including U.S. hostage negotiators. The militants are threatening to sell the girls into slavery.



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