Abduction gangs busted
A national operation in China has busted nine child abduction gangs, arresting 355 suspects and rescuing 89 children. China’s Ministry of Public Security said Monday that it conducted the nine-province operation in December after receiving reports of child abductions from southern China’s Fujian and Yunnan provinces. The ministry said the that the suspects bought abducted children and transported them to other provinces, where they were sold for huge profits.
Crash kills 11 children
A minivan carrying 15 children to kindergarten plunged into a roadside pond in a rural area of eastern China on Monday, killing 11 children, state media and an official said. Police detained the driver for questioning and were investigating the cause of the accident, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
Opposition to continue
One of Egypt’s leading opposition figures on Monday pledged continued resistance to his country’s Islamist- oriented constitution even if it is declared to have passed, contending that the process was fundamentally illegitimate. Unofficial tallies say nearly two-thirds voted in favor of the draft constitution, but turnout was so low that opponents are arguing that the vote should be discounted. Hamdeen Sabahi, who placed third in the nation’s first free presidential race, said the majority of Egypt’s people are not Islamists. He argued that the string of election triumphs by President Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood group are the result of unfair electoral practices and key mistakes by the liberal opposition.
2 killed in airstrike
A U.S. drone airstrike killed two al-Qaida militants Monday in a southern town, Yemeni security officials said, the latest in a years-long U.S. offensive against the branch the U.S. considers the violent extremists’ most dangerous. One of the dead was a midlevel al-Qaida Yemeni operative who escaped a U.S. drone attack 10 years ago, the officials said.
Compiled from wire reports.