Gunmen ambushed a United Nations peacekeeping team Saturday in Sudan’s western region of Darfur, killing seven Tanzanians and wounding another 17 people in the deadliest ever single attack on the international force in the country, U.N. officials said. The assault by a large group of gunmen included sustained heavy fire from machine guns and possibly rocket-propelled grenades, U.N. forces spokesman Chris Cycmanick said. Reinforcements later arrived to rescue the wounded, who included two female police advisers, the force said.
Batteries appear OK
A fire on an empty Boeing 787 plane at London’s Heathrow Airport didn’t appear to be caused by faulty aircraft batteries, a British investigative agency said Saturday. Investors in Boeing, which calls its newest plane a Dreamliner, had feared that Friday’s blaze meant that a battery overheating problem that grounded the whole fleet of such planes in January had not been fixed. News of the fire on the Ethiopian Airlines plane sent Boeing shares down 4.7 percent on Friday. But Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch said there was “no evidence of a direct causal relationship” between the Dreamliner’s batteries and the fire.
18 dead in crash
Eighteen people are dead after a truck carrying stones used for pavement ran into a passenger bus in an outlying area of Moscow. The Emergency Services Ministry said in a statement that 25 other people were injured in the Saturday crash. Russian news reports said the drivers of both vehicles are among the hospitalized.
Bells chime for victims
Church bells tolled 50 times in a small Quebec town Saturday in memory of the 50 people who died after a horrific oil train derailment a week ago. The chimes at Ste-Agnes Church rang at midday, followed by a minute of silence in the lakeside town devastated by the runaway train. Authorities said they have now recovered the remains of 33 people; 17 others are missing and presumed dead.
Compiled from wire reports.