Thailand: King hospitalized
BANGKOK — Thailand's beloved and influential king was hospitalized Saturday after feeling weakness on the right side of his body, the royal palace said.
The 79-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej was admitted to Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital, where tests found a slightly inadequate blood flow to the brain, a palace statement said. His condition improved after doctors administered medicine for eight hours, the statement said. He was kept in the hospital for monitoring. Bhumibol is the world's longest-serving living monarch.
Afghanistan: Bomber kills 7
KANDAHAR — A suicide bomber on a motorbike detonated his explosives in a crowded marketplace near Afghan police Saturday, killing seven people and injuring 29, officials said.
The blast killed two police officers and five civilians in the city of Spin Boldak in the southern province of Kandahar near the border with Pakistan, said Zemeri Bashary, the Interior Ministry spokesman.
Colombia: Landslide kills 21
BOGOTA — A landslide triggered by local residents digging for rumored deposits of gold in an abandoned mine killed at least 21 people and injured another 26 Saturday in southern Colombia, authorities said.
Seven of those injured were in serious condition, Cauca provincial Gov. Juan Jose Chaux said in a statement. Chaux said the search for survivors at the mine, located near the town of Suarez, 220 miles southwest of Bogota, was suspended Saturday evening because of darkness and bad weather, which made the open pit mine unsafe.
Cuba: Chavez, Castro meet
HAVANA — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez met for more than four hours Saturday with ailing leader Fidel Castro, Cuban state television reported.
Chavez arrived in Havana late Friday for a visit that will include the airing today of the Venezuelan leader's weekly radio and television program from the provincial capital of Santa Clara. Chavez, a close friend and political ally of the 81-year-old Castro, last met with the Cuban leader during a surprise visit to the capital in June.
Haiti: 5 men fatally shot
PORT-AU-PRINCE— Five young men were found tied up and shot to death in the hills above Haiti's capital, apparently killed as part of a struggle between rival gangs, police said Saturday.
"It looked like an execution," said national police spokesman Frantz Lerebours.
The killings disrupted a period of relative calm in Port-au-Prince, where some 8,800 U.N. peacekeeping troops have largely shut down gang fighting since they were sent to the country in 2004.
India: Elephants rampage
GAUHATI — About 100 wild elephants have converged on a river island in northeast India, demolishing homes, feasting on sugar cane and panicking residents, officials said Saturday.
Thousands of villagers were using firecrackers and bonfires to scare away the rampaging animals. Officials say the elephants swam to the island from a nearby hill region, beginning their rampage nearly a week ago.
Thailand: Floods kill tourists
BANGKOK — Six German tourists and a Thai tour guide were killed after being swept away by flash floods while exploring a cave at a national park in southern Thailand, police said Sunday.
The victims were trekking through the Khao Sok national park in Surathani province late Saturday afternoon when a heavy rainfall caused flash floods that sent water surging through the cave near a waterfall, said police Lt. Col. Pichan Kanayasiri.