Palestinian, Israeli soldier killed in clash
Gaza city—A Palestinian militant sneaked into Israel early Friday, opening fire on Israeli troops and killing one soldier, the military said. The troops fired back, killing the infiltrator in the incident that touched off fresh violence in the volatile border area, which had been mostly quiet since March. The exchange began after the militant cut through the fence separating the Hamas-run Gaza Strip and southern Israel. The militant started shooting, prompting Israeli troops to respond, said Col. Tal Hermoni.
Alien aid workers expelled from Sudan
Khartoum—Sudan has expelled four foreign aid groups working in the country’s east, a government source told AFP on Friday, in the latest restriction against foreign humanitarian groups. “HAC decided to expel four international NGOs working in eastern Sudan because they failed in their planned projects,” said the source at the Humanitarian Affairs Commission, asking not to be named.
“Also, there is a weakness in these international NGOs,” the source added without elaborating. He identified the groups as Save the Children Sweden, GOAL of Ireland, a Japanese humanitarian group and another Irish organisation.
Suu Kyi gets big ovation at her maiden int’l speech
Bangkok—Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi basked in a long-overdue standing ovation at her first speech before an international audience Friday, but quickly shifted the focus from herself to Myanmar’s many needs — and how the world can help. Despite recently emerging from 24 years of isolation, the former political prisoner appeared completely at ease speaking to the World Economic Forum in Bangkok where she urged the international community to exercise “healthy skepticism” toward Myanmar’s much-touted reform process.
11 factory workers killed in Syria
beirut—Gunmen killed 11 workers at a state-owned fertilizer factory in a volatile central Syrian province, activists said Friday, the second execution-style shooting reported in Syria in less than a week. The shooting near the town of Qusair in Homs province occurred Thursday as the workers were on their way to their jobs in a bus that came under fire, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Three Indian family members die in house fire
Melbourne—Three members of an Indian family are believed to have died after a fire tore through a Melbourne house Friday, with police saying murder-suicide was one avenue of investigation. Detectives said a family of four from southern India lived at the property and remains had been found, but the damage was so great it would take time to confirm how many people died.