Rescuers search for 13 missing after Argentina explosion


Rescue teams resumed their search for 13 people who remain missing after the powerful explosion in an apartment building in the Argentine city of Rosario that killed at least 10 people.

Although on Tuesday the judge investigating the blast, Juan Carlos Curto, said that there had been 12 fatalities, on Wednesday the health minister of the province of Santa Fe, the capital of which is Rosario, Miguel Cappiello, said that only 10 deaths had been confirmed and 62 people had been injured.

During the early morning on Wednesday, two people managed on their own to extricate themselves from under the ruins of the 10-story building devastated by the blast, which was caused by a large gas leak, the official Telam news agency reported.




Obama cancels summit with Putin in Moscow


U.S. President Barack Obama cancelled the meeting he was going to have with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in September citing, among other reasons, Russia's granting of temporary asylum to Edward Snowden, a White House spokesman told Efe.

Obama had been scheduled to meet with Putin in Moscow before attending the G20 summit that will take place in September in the Russian city of St. Petersburg.

"Following a careful review begun in July, we have reached the conclusion that there is not enough recent progress in our bilateral agenda with Russia to hold a U.S.-Russia Summit in early September," the White House said in a statement.

Russia's "disappointing" decision to grant temporary asylum to Snowden "was also a factor that we considered in assessing the current state of our bilateral relationship," the White House said.




U.S. calls for investigation of Cuban dissident Paya's death


The new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, asked Cuban authorities to launch a "credible" investigation into the death of dissident Oswaldo Paya, diplomats told Efe.

That is the request Power made of Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez at a luncheon that Argentine President Cristina Fernandez offered for the delegations who participated in the Security Council debate.

"Oswaldo Paya stood up for freedom. Just raised with the Cuban Foreign Minister the need for a credible investigation into his death," Power said in a Twitter post.




Venezuelan Supreme Court upholds presidential vote


Venezuela's Supreme Court upheld the results of the April presidential election, ruling that a challenge by opposition leader Henrique Capriles and similar lawsuits were "inadmissible."

Supreme Court Chief Justice Gladys Gutierrez said the opposition did not present sufficient evidence to prove the alleged irregularities about which it had complained.

The high court thus denied the opposition's request to redo the April 14 election, in which the president, Nicolas Maduro, political heir to the late Hugo Chavez, was declared the winner over Capriles by a margin of a little more than 200,000 votes.




George W. Bush released from Texas hospital


Former U.S. President George W. Bush was released from the hospital and is at home again after undergoing a "successful" operation to unblock one of his arteries, his spokesman, Freddy Ford, said.

The 67-year-old Bush is doing well after spending the night in Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Ford said.

Doctors inserted a stent to unblock the obstructed artery.

The former president is expected to resume his regular schedule on Thursday, Ford said.

The heart problem was detected on Monday during Bush's annual check-up at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, the city where he has lived since he left the White House in 2009.




At least 9 children die in attack after soccer match in Pakistan


At least nine children died when a bomb exploded at the exit gate of a soccer game in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, a police official told Efe.

The attack, which wounded about 20 people, came in the residential neighborhood of Lyari when a motorcycle bomb was detonated by remote control as the spectators were leaving the stadium, police official Salim Marwat said.

"Specifically, the children who died were between 10 and 13 years of age and they were playing soccer on a street by the stadium when the bomb exploded near them," Marwat told Efe, adding that the attack occurred at 2 a.m. (2100 GMT on Tuesday).




Authorities foil attempt by 50 migrants to enter Spanish city


About 50 migrants of sub-Saharan origin were repelled when they tried to climb over the boundary wall and enter the Spanish city of Melilla, an enclave on the North African coast, officials said.

Spanish Civil Guard officers, in cooperation with Moroccan authorities, prevented the immigrants from being able to climb over the wall in the area between the Farhaha border crossing post and Palma Santa hill, officials from the office of the national government's representative in Melilla told Efe.




Gov't forces kill over 60 rebels in fighting in Syria


At least 62 rebel combatants died morning in an ambush set up by Syrian regime troops in the town of Adra, on the outskirts of Damascus, the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The attack was carried out in an industrial area of Adra, the London-based group, which has a broad network of activists on the ground in Syria, said.

The opposition Local Coordination Committees said that Tuesday night the Syrian Free Army clashed with followers of Syrian President Bashar al Assad in that town.