Sixty migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia and two Yemeni crew members drowned last weekend in the worst such tragedy off the coast of Yemen this year, the UN said Friday. "The tragedy is the largest single loss of life of migrants and refugees attempting to reach Yemen via the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden this year," Adrian Edwards, spokesman for the UN's refugee agency, told reporters in Geneva. "The victims were reportedly buried by local residents after their bodies washed ashore near the Bab El Mandeb area off Yemen's coast," UNHCR said in a statement. The agency pointed out that counting previous such tragedies in the same area, at least 121 people have so far died this year trying to reach Yemen.
Amritsar (India) (AFP) - Clashes broke out between sword-wielding Sikhs on Friday at the Golden Temple in northern India on the 30th anniversary of a notorious army raid on the site. At least two people were wounded in the violence, according to an AFP photographer at the temple in the city of Amritsar, which is the holiest shrine in the Sikh religion. "Today we were supposed to have a solemn remembrance for the martyrs of 1984 so what has happened is very sad," said a spokesman for a radical Sikh outfit called the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) whose supporters were involved in the clashes. "The Temple has once again been dishonoured today," the spokesman Prem Singh Chandumajra told reporters.
Kandahar (Afghanistan) (AFP) - At this sprawling US military base in the middle of the Afghan desert, sometimes it's difficult to tell if there's a war going on. Along a wooden boardwalk at the Kandahar Airfield, you can order a raspberry smoothie, buy pirated DVDs, eat a pizza, shop for trinkets and watch people in shorts play volleyball on a sand court. As NATO's US-led force prepares to depart by December, more and more troops are "behind the wire" on heavily guarded bases, with Afghan forces now taking charge of the fight against Taliban insurgents. The deadly conflict of homemade bombs and militant ambushes seems far away at the larger bases in Afghanistan, where television screens blast US cable news and basketball games.
A gunman stormed a college in the northwestern US city of Seattle and shot four people, one of them fatally, before he was brought down by a student security guard wielding only pepper spray. In what the city mayor denounced as the latest example of America's "epidemic of gun violence," the shooter opened fire on campus with a shotgun and was only halted after he stopped to re-load. Those wounded at Seattle Pacific University were being treated in hospital. Seattle Assistant Police Chief Paul McDonagh said the gunman was a 26-year-old white man.