Militants killed operation
Four rebel militants were killed and three security officers injured during a special operation on Saturday to root out insurgents in the restive southern province of Dagestan, police said. The fighters were holed up in two houses in the provincial capital of Makhachkala, a spokesman for the local Interior Ministry branch said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to give his name. A further three rebels were detained, the spokesman said. Pictures broadcast on state-controlled TV showed what appeared to be a dead insurgent lying on the roof of a building with a pistol in his hand. Grenades and Islamic literature were visible inside a building.
Mass protest on economy
As many as 120,000 people protested in Dublin on Saturday against the government’s handling of the economy and the activities of the banks during the financial crisis. The demonstration, one of the largest ever in the city, was called for by a number of unions. State employees vented their anger over government cutback plans and the effect that the recession, which began late last year, is having on workers. One speaker referred to the government and ruling elite’s “economic treason,” which was responsible for the destruction of the country’s international reputation.
Robberies target foreigners
Security is being tightened in Rio de Janeiro after a spate of robberies targeting dozens of foreigners attending the city’s Carnival, police said on Friday. There will be more patrols in neighborhoods where backpackers stay in the city’s roughly 90 hostels, police said in an e-mailed statement. The moves come after men armed with firearms and grenades invaded two hostels in the past two days, robbing at least 43 young travelers from England, Israel, Argentina and elsewhere.
Mail arrives 22 years late
A woman in La Grande, Oregon, finally received an invitation to her nephew’s high school graduation in New Jersey, but she may be a little late — it was in 1987. Theresa Schlossarek found the invitation last week in her mailbox. The envelope, which had been opened, was postmarked on June 2, 1987, from Toms River, New Jersey, where her brother, Hermann Ilnseher, lives. Ilnseher said the lack of response from his sister was noticed but dismissed. “We just thought that she lived so far away, she couldn’t come,” Ilnseher said. “She usually would send money, though, so we did joke about that later on, that maybe she could send some and add interest for the years passed.”
Man stoned to death
Police say teenagers stoned a 22-year-old man to death because they believed he had stolen a cellphone and a bicycle from one of their friends. Police officer Jaime Sanchez said Alejandro Lopez tried to flee on Saturday when the teens approached but was cornered. Sanchez said the teenagers had fled by the time police arrived at the scene in Tuxtla Gutierrez and found Lopez’s body on the doorstep of a house. He said Lopez apparently knocked on the door seeking help, but nobody answered. Sanchez said police believe the teenagers belonged to a neighborhood gang.