Quake death toll rises to 360
The death toll from Mexico’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake has risen by two and now stands at 360. It includes 219 deaths in Mexico City, where 38 buildings collapsed during the temblor. The rest of the casualties came in five states near the capital. National Civil Defense chief Luis Felipe Puente reported the new toll Saturday on Twitter.
Groups: Halt gay crackdown
Two international rights groups called on Egyptian authorities on Saturday to halt their crackdown on people suspected of homosexuality following the waving of the LGBT rainbow flag at a recent concert in Cairo. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International also urged Egypt, a majority Muslim country of some 95 million people, to call off the anal examination of people detained on suspicion of homosexuality to determine whether they were engaged in same-sex sexual relations. They said the practice amounted to torture and called it “abhorrent” and scientifically unsound. Homosexuality is highly taboo in Egypt among Muslims and minority Christians alike, but it is not explicitly prohibited by law. Egypt regularly arrests gay men, with large police raids on private parties or locations. They prosecute under charges like “immorality” and “debauchery.”
Thousands rally before fest
Thousands of Shiite Muslims have rallied across various parts of Pakistan ahead of Sunday’s religious festival of Ashoura, or “Day of Remembrance.” The holiest day on the Shiite Muslim calendar is observed each year on the 10th day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic year, to mourn the seventh century death of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Authorities have stepped up security across the country following intelligence reports that militants could target Shiites this week.
50 jailed in right-wing rally
Police said at least 50 people were detained Saturday during a right-wing demonstration in Copenhagen that left one police officer and several others injured. The rally by the Nordic Resistance Movement in Goteborg featured an estimated 600 people marching in formation in all-black outfits. Some wore helmets and held shields, while others hoisted the movement’s green-and-white flags. Police had posted flyers before the event warning people not to act in a way reminiscent of German Nazis demonstrations in the 1930s and 1940s.
Compiled from wire reports
World news briefs, Oct. 1: Mexico earthquake, Egypt gay crackdown, Sweden rally