CANADA

Soldier ordered deported

The first female soldier to flee the U.S. military for Canada to avoid the war in Iraq has been ordered deported, a spokeswoman for the War Resisters Support Campaign said Thursday. Michelle Robidoux said that Citizenship and Immigration Canada has ordered Kimberly Rivera to leave the country by Sept. 20. Robidoux said Rivera was meeting with her lawyers to determine her next course of action and was unavailable to comment about the deportation order. Rivera, 30, an Army private, served in Iraq in 2006. She said she became disillusioned with the mission. She went to Canada while on leave in February 2007, after she was ordered to serve another tour in Iraq.

ARGENTINA

Gas, oil reserves found

Argentina’s state-controlled YPF energy company announced Thursday the discovery of a new reserve of shale gas and oil that could help make the South American country an energy exporter in the years ahead. YPF Chief Executive Miguel Galuccio said the new reserve, in the provinces of Chubut and Santa Cruz near the Golfo San Jorge, is entirely separate from the vast “Vaca Muerta” or “Dead Cow” reserve that has given Argentina the world’s third-largest shale potential behind the United States and China. Galuccio, who will spend much of September presenting YPF’s growth strategy to major American energy companies, said regulations bar him from saying how much crude oil and natural gas might be in the new find.

CHINA

Mine toll climbs to 26

The death toll in China’s worst mine accident in nearly a year has risen to 26 as high temperatures and dangerous carbon monoxide levels hampered rescue work today for 21 others still trapped. Police detained the owners of the Xiaojiawan coal mine after Wednesday evening’s blast in the city of Panzhihua in the southwestern province of Sichuan. There were 154 miners working at the mine when it exploded, and 107 survivors have been pulled to the surface, the State Administration of Work Safety said. It was China’s deadliest mine accident since 35 were killed in a blast in November.

Compiled from wire reports.