Bombing in Philippines leaves 6 dead


At least six people died and another 29 were wounded when an explosive device blew up on a busy street in Cotabato, a city on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.

The governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, or ARMM, Mujiv Hataman, confirmed six fatalities in the attack in a statement on dzMM radio.

Cotobato General Hospital admitted 25 of the wounded and Notre Dame Hospital the other four.

"The explosion occurred in front of a shopping mall. It's a business and residential area with a lot of traffic," the governor said.

The device was hidden in a vehicle and the explosion set fire to two businesses, one of them a funeral home, and damaged four vehicles.




China maintains alert amid heat wave blamed for dozens of deaths


The Chinese government said that the eastern part of the country, which has been suffering since early July under the worst heat wave in 140 years, could hit the record high temperature of 41 C (106 F), while the media are reporting "dozens of deaths" from heatstroke.

Authorities in Shanghai, one of the cities most affected by the heat, and the neighboring provinces are recommending that citizens, especially the elderly, turn on their air conditioning and drink plenty of water to prevent more deaths.

Many of the people who have died were elderly and suffered heatstroke in their homes, and - in some cases - even though they had air conditioning, they had not turned it on to save money or out of fear that it might cause them to come down with respiratory illnesses.




At least 53 dead in Pakistan flooding


The flooding in various regions of Pakistan in recent days has killed at least 53 people, National Disaster Management Authority spokesman Kamran Zia told Efe.

However, the official figures provided by authorities in the southwestern province of Baluchistan and the southern city of Karachi raised the death toll by 20 people compared with the figure provided by the NDMA.

Authorities predict an imminent improvement in the weather, and the NDMA says that, in general, the situation is under control and it is not expecting the situation to worsen.

"The situation, in general, is stabilized and there is only a certain concern about the areas of Karachi and Jhal Magsi," said Zia, who emphasized that authorities are ruling out any risk of flooding along the country's large rivers.




Amazon's Jeff Bezos to buy Washington Post for $250 mn

HASH(0x883620c) founder Jeff Bezos will buy the Washington Post for $250 million, the newspaper announced.

Amazon will have no role in the acquisition and Bezos will become the sole proprietor of the Post when the sale is completed, probably within 60 days.

The transaction was kept secret until Monday.

Katharine Weymouth, the niece of Donald Graham and the fourth generation of her family to be involved with the paper, will remain as publisher and executive director of the firm, although Bezos will be the owner.




Major League Baseball suspends A-Rod for 211 games


New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez faces the prospect of missing the entire 2014 season unless an arbitrator overturns the 211-game suspension announced by Major League Baseball.

A-Rod, the game's highest-paid player, is accused of using banned performance-enhancing substances and of "attempting to cover up his violations," MLB said.

Rodriguez announced plans to appeal the suspension, which means he can complete the 2013 season.

The 38-year-old slugger, who was named the American League's Most Valuable Player in 2003, 2005 and 2007, has been out of the lineup since January due to injury and will be making his first appearance of the season Monday night as the Yankees square off in Chicago with the White Sox.




Turkish court sentences former military chief to life


The former commander of Turkey's armed forces was one of a score of people sentenced to life in prison for a plot to overthrow the Islamist government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Retired Gen. Ilker Basbug, who was chief of the general staff from 2008-2010, was condemned as the ringleader of the so-called Ergenekon conspiracy.

The court acquitted 21 defendants.

Sentenced to life along with Basbug were five other retired generals, journalists and politicians, including Dogu Perincek, leader of the left-wing, nationalist Workers Party.




Morocco revokes pardon for Spanish child molester, Spain arrests him


A Spaniard convicted in Morocco of sexually molesting children is in custody in Spain after the Moroccan king revoked the pardon he had granted only last week, sources in the Spanish Interior Ministry told Efe.

Daniel Galvan was arrested in the southeastern province of Murcia and will be placed at the disposition of Spain's National Court, the sources said.

Galvan was sentenced in 2011 to 30 years in prison for abusing 11 children ranging in age from 2 to 14, but last Tuesday he was released after Morocco's King Mohammed VI issued a collective pardon to 48 Spaniards imprisoned in the North African nation.

After a wave of protests in Morocco over Galvan's pardon, the monarch decided to revoke it and his staff reported Sunday night that Mohammed VI had given instructions to his justice minister to study with his Spanish counterpart the next steps that should be taken after the nullification of the pardon.