CROATIA

EU newcomer celebrates

Fireworks lighted the sky as midnight struck and festive crowds gathered on the streets to mark Croatiaís entry today into the European Union, a major milestone some 20 years after the country won independence in a bloody civil war that shook the continent. Croatia became the 28th EU member, the blocís first addition since Bulgaria and Romania joined in 2007. The small Balkan nation of 4.2 million endured years of carnage after declaring independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1991.

POLAND

17 hurt during car show

A luxury sports car skidded into the crowd during a car show Sunday, injuring 17 people. The Provincial Governorís Office in Poznan, western Poland, said four people were in serious condition but their injuries were not life-threatening. Two children were among the injured.

PAKISTAN

49 die in wave of blasts

Bombings killed 49 people in three different areas of Pakistan on Sunday, just as Britainís prime minister was in the capital pledging to help to fight extremism. In the deadliest of the attacks, twin blasts near a Shiite Muslim mosque in Quetta, the capital of southwest Baluchistan province, killed at least 28 people, said city police chief Mir Zubair Mahmood. Dozens of others were wounded.

UGANDA

Tanker explosion kills 29

A car crashed into a moving gas tanker, sparking a fire that killed at least 29 people and left scores more badly burned, Ugandan police said on Sunday. Police spokesman Ibn Senkumbi said the gas tanker exploded after colliding with a passenger car late Saturday on the outskirts of Kampala, and that investigators concluded the crash was an accident. Gas started leaking, Senkumbi said, and some passenger motorcyclists stalked the tanker after the driver abandoned it. Then suddenly the gas tanker went up in flames that engulfed nearby cars and scores of people who had swarmed around the vehicle.

Compiled from wire reports.