Wounded leader returns
Thousands of Mauritanians lined the road from the airport Saturday to welcome back President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who went to France for five weeks of medical treatment after being accidentally shot in a friendly fire incident. His return put an end to speculation over the state of his health, as well as over the future of Mauritania. Analysts had warned that his extended departure could create the instability needed for another coup in a desert nation that has suffered six since the 1970s. Formerly a general in the army, Aziz came to power himself in a 2008 coup, ousting the country’s first, and only, democratically elected leader. His coup was denounced by the international community, but Aziz has since become an ally of the West in the fight against terrorism in the Sahara.
6 die in car-train crash
Italian authorities said six people died when a regional train slammed into a car that crossed the tracks. Marco Mancini, spokesman for the Italian state railways, said all those killed were riding in the car, which was struck Saturday afternoon. No one aboard the train was injured. The incident occurred near Cosenza, a southern city in Reggio Calabria, in the “toe” of boot-shaped Italy.
8 killed in factory fire
A fire Saturday killed at least eight people and injured scores more at a multistory garment factory on the outskirts of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka. The fire occurred at a factory operated by Tajnin Fashion in the Ashulia industrial district.
Stolen toys recovered
Toronto police said they have recovered a massive cache of toys and donated goods worth about $2 million that were stolen from a Salvation Army warehouse and being sold for profit. Police said Saturday that they had to use three trucks to haul the items, which were found a day earlier when officers searched a commercial warehouse northwest of Toronto.
Compiled from wire reports.