CANADA

Prison workers strike

Employees at seven prisons in Canada’s Alberta province walked off the job to protest the suspension of one of their colleagues who complained about safety issues. The Alberta labor board ruled Saturday that the strike is illegal for two of the detention centers and ordered those workers to return to their posts, said Bill Dechant, a spokesman for the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, which represents jail guards. Dechant said the union will ask its members if they want to comply with the order.

PAKISTAN

Attacks kill four

Police say four people were killed and dozens were injured in two separate bombings of political targets in the southern city of Karachi. The blasts come as Pakistan is preparing for country-wide elections on May 11. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the Taliban have threatened three political parties perceived as being more liberal and secular, including two targeted Saturday night.

MEXICO

Band members die

Police say that 10 members of the musical group La Reyna de Monterrey were killed and five injured in a road accident in northern Mexico. A police official says the driver of the vehicle that was carrying the band dozed off Saturday morning, causing the vehicle to strike the side of a truck then cross over into the other lane and crash head-on with a tractor-trailer.

ITALY

Coalition formed

Center-left leader Enrico Letta forged a new Italian government Saturday in a coalition with former Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s conservatives, an unusual alliance of bitter rivals that broke a two-month political stalemate from inconclusive elections. The achievement was pulled off by Letta, who will be sworn in as premier along with the new Cabinet today. A moderate, Letta is the nephew of Berlusconi’s longtime adviser, a relationship seen as smoothing over often nasty interaction between the two main coalition partners.

Compiled from wire reports.