Car bomb kills 13 near Syria's capital


At least 13 people, including 10 police officers, were killed by a car bomb in a town outside Damascus, the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The car bomb was detonated outside a police station in Deir Atiyeh on Sunday night, the group's director, Rami Abdel Rahman, told Efe by telephone.

A child was among those killed in the attack and dozens of people were wounded.




Typhoon Soulik kills at least 108 in China


Typhoon Soulik killed at least 108 people in China, authorities said, adding that 183 people are missing.

The Public Affairs Ministry announced Monday that almost 100 deaths have been registered in the southern provinces of Guangxi, Sichuan and Canton and the northern regions of Qinhai and Shanxi, and almost 200 people are missing around the country as a result of the storm.

The typhoon, the seventh to hit China so far this year, was accompanied by torrential rain and caused flooding and mudslides.




Chinese economy slowed in 2nd quarter


China's economy grew by 7.5 percent during the second quarter, compared with 7.7 percent during the first three months of 2013, the National Bureau of Statistics said.

Gross domestic product of the world's second-largest economy rose to 24.8 trillion yuan ($4.03 trillion) in the April-June period.

The Chinese government forecasts growth of 7.5 percent this year, down from 7.8 percent in 2012, when the Asian giant experienced its slowest rate of expansion in 13 years.




Coins from Spanish galleon found along Florida coast


A total of 48 gold "escudos" making up part of the treasure from a 17th-century galleon have been recovered on Florida's east coast, the media reported.

The salvage company 1715 Fleet - Queens Jewels LLC removed the gold coins on the weekend from the ocean bottom and the firm's owner, Brent Brisben, estimated the combined value of the voins at roughly $250,000.

The find was made along a stretch of Florida's Atlantic shoreline that is known as the Treasure Coast because 11 galleons of the Spanish Fleet sank there in July 1715 in a hurricane.




2 Killed in riot at Brazilian prison


A mutiny at a Brazilian prison that left two people dead ended after negotiations between inmates and the warden.

The rebellious inmates surrendered at 8:20 a.m., releasing the 68 visitors they were holding hostage inside the penitentiary in Itirapina, a town about 200 kilometers (120 miles) from Sao Paulo city.

Police entered the prison to re-establish order and conduct a headcount of the 602 inmates, the Sao Paulo state government said.




J.K. Rowling pens crime novel under another name


Sales of "The Cuckoo's Calling," the crime novel written by Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling under a pen name, soared in Britain over the weekend after the public learned that the bestselling author was behind the book.

The novel, which was published in April under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, was praised by critics but garnered little attention in the media.

The Sunday Times made the connection between Rowling and the novel, which had only sold 1,500 copies since its publication.

"The Cuckoo's Calling" quickly climbed the sales list on Amazon after it was revealed that Rowling was the author, and the e-book version topped the bestseller list.




Greenpeace activists arrested in protest at French nuke plant


All the Greenpeace activists who entered the grounds of a nuclear power plant in southern France have been arrested, authorities said.

The Interior Ministry said that 29 people had been arrested while a Greenpeace spokesperson said that "around 30" people were removed from the Tricastin facility at 12:30 p.m. on Monday.

The activists had entered the nuclear facility at three different points around 5:20 a.m. and their aim was to alert the public to its danger and the need to close it, a Greenpeace spokeswoman at the scene told Efe by telephone.

The activists displayed posters on which they alluded to cracks detected in one of Tricastin's four reactors and addressed French President François Hollande to demand the plant's closure.




Mariah Carey raises money for storm victims with big Central Park concert


Mariah Carey drew a huge crowd to Central Park over the weekend to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy with a benefit concert accompanied by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and organized by Major League Baseball, or MLB.

Nothing could stop Carey from shining Saturday night in New York City, neither the threat of rain all afternoon nor doctors' orders that she rest after dislocating a shoulder several days ago while shooting a music video.

Before a crowd of more than 50,000 on Central Park's Great Lawn, the New York diva appeared onstage soon after 8:30 p.m. in a spectacularly form-fitting white dress with the injured arm in a sling - draped in a matching white fur Gucci stole - to sing one of her greatest hits, "My All."