BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- A mountainside flash flood triggered by heavy rains swept through villages in northern Thailand early Saturday, killing at least 40 people, authorities said.
As floods hit much of Thailand's north and northeast, water swept down a mountain into the villages, said police in Phetchabun province, 185 miles north of Bangkok.
An official at Phetchabun's provincial emergency center said the death toll in Lomsak district had reached 40, three-fourths of whom were women and children as young as two years old.
Peace plan in jeopardy after Macedonian soldiers die in explosion
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- Macedonia declared a day of mourning Saturday as an eighth soldier died from wounds received in a land mine explosion that has shaken hopes for a peace deal meant to end this Balkan nation's crisis.
A recent surge in attacks, including some on the outskirts of the capital, Skopje, have jeopardized the tentative peace accord accepted earlier this week by ethnic Albanian and Macedonian political leaders.
Negotiators give up bid for accord before racism meeting
GENEVA (AP) -- Negotiators from more than 100 countries have narrowed some differences over racism, but they failed to reach agreement on a document to guide discussions at an upcoming world conference on the issue.
As two weeks of preparatory talks ended Friday, the United Nations' top human rights official said she hoped the United States would find enough progress had been made to drop its threat to stay away from the meeting, starting Aug. 31 in Durban, South Africa.
"What we are all now focusing on is how to ensure that the United States ... will be at Durban," said Mary Robinson, U.N. high commissioner for human rights.
Bomb explosion in Pakistani school van kills seven, including three children
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) -- A powerful explosion ripped through a school van in eastern Pakistan Saturday, killing at least seven people, including three children, and wounding several others.
The bomb exploded while the van was parked outside a private school in Gujrat, the capital of Punjab province, Mohammed Riaz, senior superintendent of police, told The Associated Press by telephone. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast, the deadliest here in recent months.
Biden: Talks with North Korea should focus on missiles, not ground troops
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The Bush administration's plans for a missile defense system could eclipse its efforts to resume talks with North Korea, which opposes the project, the head of a U.S. Senate delegation said Saturday.
Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del. and the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Washington and Pyongyang were conducting "a little bit of a dance" ahead of a likely resumption of negotiations. He said the process could unravel if Washington abandons the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and pushes ahead with a missile defense system designed to thwart any attack by hostile countries such as the North.
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