World briefs: Human remains at crash site

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DONETSK, Ukraine — International experts examining the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on Saturday in eastern Ukraine found the remains of victims overlooked by local emergency personnel who first searched the debris two weeks ago, according to a spokeswoman for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

The team of Dutch and Australian police officers and forensic experts, which gained access to the site for only the second time since the crash, has divided the 14-square-mile site into small grids and intends to painstakingly search each one.

International monitors estimate that about 80 bodies remain unaccounted for.

Violence in Lebanon

BEIRUT — Rebels fighting in Syria’s civil war crossed into Lebanon and raided a border town Saturday, killing and capturing security force members in the most serious incursion into the tiny country during its neighbor’s 3-year-old conflict.

The rebels, who included foreign fighters, demanded to trade soldiers and police officers it captured in Arsal for some of the “most dangerous detainees,” the Lebanese army said in a statement. Masked gunmen roamed the streets as Lebanese helicopter gunships flew over the town, about 55 miles from the capital, Beirut.

Gunmen killed two soldiers and wounded several others, the National News Agency reported.

Afghans wait for recount

KABUL, Afghanistan — While the international community sounded urgent alarms about the stalled and disputed Afghan presidential election — and a few officials held marathon meetings to get a suspended ballot audit back on track — everyone else in Afghanistan took the week off.

By chance, Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim festival that marks the end of Ramadan, began Monday, then segued Thursday into the weekly holiday that culminates with Friday prayers. Exhausted by the high-stakes electoral crisis that has dragged on for months, people were grateful for a respite from the tension and a chance to enjoy simple pleasures.

Even the two presidential rivals, former finance minister Ashraf Ghani and former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, took a break from acrimony this week and left for vacations abroad. With the vote audit on hold until Saturday, it seemed as if the entire political crisis had gone on leave.

Explosion rocks China

BEIJING — At least 68 people were killed Saturday morning when a blast tore through a metal products factory in China’s eastern Jiangsu province, state-run news media reported.

According to the national broadcaster CCTV, 187 others were injured in the explosion, which occurred at 7:37 a.m. in Kunshan, a city not far from Shanghai. Kunshan is home to a number of factories that make components for China’s thriving automotive industry.

Obama hosting leaders

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is gathering nearly 50 African heads of state in Washington for an unprecedented summit aimed in part at building his legacy on a continent where his commitment has been questioned.

But the backdrop for the conference that begins Monday underscores what has been a constant challenge to that effort. Even as Mr. Obama immerses himself in talks on regional security, democracy building and business investment in Africa, the world’s attention — and much of his own — will be on an extraordinary array of urgent overseas crises, Gaza clashes, Russia’s provocations in Ukraine and mounting extremism in Iraq

White House officials say the American interests in Africa are immense.

Compiled from news services


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