Belarus: Deadly statue
MINSK — A massive statue of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin collapsed on a man who was hanging from it Monday, killing him on the spot, authorities said.
The 21-year-old man was drunk when he climbed onto the 16-foot-high plaster monument and hung from its arm, the Emergency Situations ministry said. It then broke into pieces and he was crushed.
The statue in the southeastern Belarus town of Uvarovichi was built in 1939.
President Alexander Lukashenko is a staunch admirer of the Soviet Union, and the nation still has numerous Soviet-era monuments to the revolutionary leader.
France: Youths riot
BAGNOLET — Restive youths in a Paris suburb were harassing police and torching cars and a bus in a second night of unrest prompted by the death of a teen fleeing police.
An Associated Press Television News crew saw nearly a half-dozen torched cars and a burned-out tourist bus near a housing project. Youths in the project were setting street fires and hurling objects at police.
Police had sent reinforcements into the Bagnolet suburb just east of Paris after a night of violence following the Sunday night death of an 18-year-old fleeing police on his motorcycle.
Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux ordered an internal police investigation into the death.
Russia: Troop rules
MOSCOW — President Dmitry Medvedev has submitted a bill expanding legal reasons to deploy Russian troops abroad, the Kremlin said Monday.
The bill released by the Kremlin would allow the president to send troops outside Russia to fend off attacks on the Russian military, deter aggression against another state, protect Russian citizens or combat pirates.
The Kremlin-controlled parliament is expected to swiftly approve the bill when it meets in September after the summer break.
Medvedev told leaders of Russia's political parties Monday that the war with Georgia a year ago highlighted the need for the bill expanding deployment rules.
Russia says it sent forces into Georgia to protect civilians and its own military personnel from a Georgian invasion of the breakaway province of South Ossetia. Georgia countered that Russia triggered the hostilities by sending a military convoy there.
YANGON — An American on trial with Myanmar's democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was taken back to prison after a week in the hospital, making it likely the court would announce a verdict today as scheduled, the defense lawyer and a government official said.
Suu Kyi's lawyer Nyan Win said Monday that he expected the rulings to be delayed again because of American John Yettaw's hospitalization. But a government official said he was discharged from Yangon General Hospital on Monday night. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
A verdict had been scheduled for last Friday, but judges said they needed more time to sort through legal issues and it was rescheduled for Tuesday.
Tonga: Pressured to sail
NUKU'ALOFA — The captain of the Tongan ferry that sank leaving 93 missing and presumed dead said Monday he was pressured into sailing the vessel even though authorities knew the ship had problems.
Tonga's Prime Minister Feleti Sevele and Transport Minister Paul Karalus have consistently stated that the vessel was fully seaworthy, was fully certificated for the service and met all international maritime standards.
No survivors have been found since an initial rescue of 54 people and the recovery of two bodies after the Princess Ashika sank last week.