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■ PAKISTAN

China condemns deaths

The Chinese Embassy condemned the killing of three Chinese workers in Peshawar, urging authorities yesterday to launch a probe into the attack. The three died when gunmen opened fire inside an auto-rickshaw factory on Sunday. A fourth Chinese national was seriously wounded. The assailants and motive for the attack were unknown, said Abdul Karim, a senior police official in Peshawar. The embassy said its deputy chief and other diplomats had gone to Peshawar to deal with the issue. There have been several attacks on Chinese nationals in Pakistan blamed on Islamic militants in recent years.

■ AFGHANISTAN

Anti-drugs minister quits

Counter-Narcotics Minister Habibullah Qader has resigned, a ministry spokesman said on Sunday, as the nation's farmers bring in what is expected to be another record harvest of opium. Qaderi had been suffering health problems. "He has been sick for the last five months, suffering from a sore throat and hyper-tension," said Counter-Narcotics Ministry spokesman Zalmay Afzali. "He could not cope with the burden of ministerial duties and daily meetings." He has now been posted to Canada as consul general.

■ CHINA

Flood death toll rises

Floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains have killed at least 94 people and left 25 others missing in seven provinces, state media reported. Xinhua news agency said on Sunday that about half a million people had been evacuated. It said more than 49,000 houses had been destroyed and another 240,000 damaged as a result of torrential rains in the worst-hit Sichuan and Shaanxi provinces over the past week. The estimated total direct economic losses could reach 3.83 billion yuan (US$500 million), Xinhua said.

■ NEW ZEALAND

Government offers aid

Wellington will give the Solomon Islands NZ$7.5 million (US$5.8 million) in aid over the next two years to help it recover from a deadly earthquake and tsunami, the government said yesterday. A quake and resulting tsunami in April devastated coastal parts of the western Solomons, killing 52 people, driving 9,000 from their homes and damaging or destroying around 6,000 houses and other buildings. "Three months later, 4,000 families are still living in makeshift camps, and there is a widespread need to rebuild basic infrastructure, especially health clinics, water, sanitation, housing, roads, bridges and wharves," Foreign Minister Winston Peters said.

■ ITALY

Old timer climbing high

An 89-year-old Italian man set a record on Sunday when he became the oldest person to climb nearly 3,000m to the top of a mountain, a news agency reported. Piero Paci, who turns 90 on Oct. 6, reached the top of the Gran Sasso of Abruzzo, an altitude of 2,914m, Ansa agency said. He opted not to make the climb on his birthday because he would have had to deal with snow. Paci, from Pesaro in central-eastern Italy, was accompanied by his son and a group of friends on the climb.

■ SPAIN

Few injured in bull run

The running of the bulls saw only minor injuries yesterday as six massive bulls galloped rapidly down crowded, narrow streets surrounded by thousands of alcohol and adrenaline-fueled revelers. Six Spaniards and a 30-year-old US runner -- who injured an elbow -- were treated at hospitals on day three of the festival, the Pamplona government said. The bulls completed the 850m route from a corral on the outskirts of town to Pamplona's central bullring in a fast 2 minutes, 46 seconds, officials said. Though several runners fell directly in the path of the bulls, the animals jumped over them. The runs are held every morning between July 7 and July 14.

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