An American soldier admitted that he may have hit and killed a Japanese man in southern Okinawa, the New York
James Woodward, the commander of the U.S. base in Okinawa informed Japanese police that a soldier was arrested in connection with a hit-and-run that killed a 66 year old man, ABC News said.
Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama demanded that the U.S. military hand the suspect over to Japanese police, ABC News said.
The U.S. does not have to hand over American personnel accused of a crime that occurred off-base unless they are charged, the New York Times said.
Several crimes, including rapes by U.S. personnel, have sparked protest in Okinawa for years, ABC News said.
HANOI, Vietnam -- Flooding due to tropical storms in Vietnam killed at least 107 people by Friday, the Press Trust of India said.
The storm, which struck on Monday, brought 13 inches of rain, killed at least 107 people, destroyed hundreds of houses, and stranded tens of thousands of people, BBC News said.
The nation has initiated a rescue effort with 2,000 soldiers, BBC News said.
The storm struck the Phu Yen province, in eastern Vietnam, the worst by killing 72 people, the Press Trust of India said.
According the BBC News, this storm was "the most devastating flooding in more than 30 years," the Phu Yen province disaster committee said.
HORNOS, Mexico -- Fifteen men, a prominent union leader among them, were found Friday shot and killed in northern Mexico, BBC News said.
Margarito Montes, a union leader for farming laborers, was one of fifteen bodies found in an isolated ranch in Hornos, a town in Sonora state Friday, the Irish Times said.
The killing had characteristics of a drug cartel shooting, which often involves automatic weapons to murder groups, but an official link has not been made, the Irish Times said.
More than 15,000 people have been killed due to drug-related violence since Felipe Calderon, president of Mexico, launched military forces to attack cartels in 2006, BBC News said.
Many farmers in the northern Mexico area are often coerced or pressured into drug-farming, the Irish Times reported.
SAUMLAKI, Indonesia - A strong earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia Saturday, BBC News said.
The 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit at a depth of 92 miles off the coast Saumlaki, Indonesia, BBC News said.
This earthquake was the second to hit Indonesia in two days, Fox News said.
Indonesia is located on one of the most active strings of earthquakes and volcanoes, BBC News reported.
The Indonesian government issued a tsunami alert but later withdrew it when they discovered the earthquake was too deep to pose a risk, BBC News said.
A former Brazillian state legislator and television host turned himself in Friday after he disappeared Monday when a warrant was issued for his arrest, CNN said.
Wallace Souza turned himself in to accusations of homicide, drug trafficking, witness tampering, possession of illegal firearms and forming gangs, CNN reported.
Authorities became suspicious when the crew of Souza's television show "Canal Livre" arrived at crime scenes before police did, BBC News reported. Authorities claim that these deaths removed Souza's drug-trafficking rivals and boosted the ratings for his television show, BBC said.
Souza's political status gave him legislative immunity from prosecution, making it difficult to investigate suspicions, CNN said. The state congress expelled Souza last week, removing his immunity and allowing authorities to investigate claims
of wrong-doing, CNN said.
Souza said the accusations are rivals' attempts to smear his reputation, BBC News reported.
A police chief and several police officers are among fifteen others who have been arrested in connection with Souza, CNN said.
Government disaster relief was tardy for a series of major earthquakes that hit the Sumatran district in Indonesia Wednesday, BBC News said.
The 7.6-magnitude earthquake is estimated to have killed over 1,100 people Wednesday evening, the New York Times said. A 6.6-magnitude aftershock hit 16 hours later.
On Friday, in the town of Padang Pariaman, officials counted up to 80
percent damaged buildings and 207 deaths, the New York Times said.
Officials estimated that over 282 people lay trapped under landslides, but no
police officials were seen until later in the day.
The Department for International Development team from the United
Kingdom was delayed in its rescue efforts due to technical issues, BBC
News said. The DfID is sending aid, though, with material goods,
medics, and humanitarian experts.
No authorities have come to help, Sutan Maskuri, 55, told the New York Times 44 hours after the disaster. Maskuri sent his sister to a regional hospital after no aid appeared for a landslide that killed five siblings.
Mao Xinyu, grandson of Mao Zedong, is rising this year to high ranks in the Chinese Army.
People's Liberation Army promoted Xinyu, 39, recently, making him the
youngest major general in the army, the Changjiang Daily reported.
promotion has not been announced by the army but has been reported by
the state-run Chinese paper, the New York Times said.
Mao is the only grandson of four grandchildren of the older Mao. He is a
strong defender of the late Mao's reputation, the Washington Post