Deal reached on U.S. troop access
The U.S. military will have greater access to bases across the Philippines under a new 10-year agreement set to be signed today in conjunction with President Barack Obama’s visit and seen as an effort by Washington to counter Chinese aggression in the region. U.S. and Filipino officials confirmed the deal ahead of Obama’s stop and portrayed it is as a central part of his weeklong Asia swing.
Bombing kills 10 at outdoor market
A car bomb explosion on Sunday evening killed 10 people at an outdoor market in the Iraqi capital, officials said. Police officials said the blast took place at the fruit and vegetable market in the Shiite district of Sadr City, killing 10 people and wounding 22 others. Several shops were damaged in the attack, they added. Also Sunday, a government spokesman said security forces ambushed a convoy of fuel tankers trying to illegally enter Iraq from Syria, killing at least eight drivers.
8 more deaths blamed on virus
Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry said Sunday that eight more people have died after contracting a lethal Middle East virus related to SARS as the kingdom grapples with a rising number of infections. The ministry reported the deaths in a statement on its website late in the evening. It said it had detected a total of 16 cases of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus over the past 24 hours. The latest cases bring to 102 the number of people who have died after contracting the disease in Saudi Arabia since September 2012.
Flooding death toll surpasses 100
Flooding in northern Afghanistan has killed more than 100 people and driven hundreds more from their homes, authorities said. The Afghan National Army was using helicopters to rescue people trapped by the waters and ferry food and water to remote areas.
Man goes missing from cruise ship
The U.S. Coast Guard searched the waters between the Bahamas and South Florida on Sunday in search of a man reported missing from a cruise ship. A Guard spokeswoman said the cruise ship passenger apparently went overboard early Sunday in waters about 27 miles east of Florida’s Delray Beach. The man was reported missing from the ship Bahamas Celebration at 2 a.m. as it was returning to its home port in Florida, she said. The vessel, owned by Fort Lauderdale-based Celebration Cruise Line, sailed from Grand Bahama island Saturday.
Compiled from wire reports.