18 killed in Nigeria after bus crash
DUMBULWA, Nigeria (AP) Nigerian authorities say 18 people are dead after a bus crashed head-on with a car in the countrys northeast.
Road safety official Ali Maigari said that the accident occurred Friday when the driver of a car trying to overtake the bus collided with it, and it burst into flames.
Authorities conducted a mass burial for the victims who were killed at the scene.
Accidents are common on Nigerias poorly maintained roads. Drivers often travel at high speed and overtake slower vehicles, leading to such head-on collisions and high death rates.
Bahrain envoy: Rulers seek dialogue
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) An envoy for Bahrains rulers says they hope to pursue dialogue with opposition groups after emergency laws are removed next month.
Abdulaziz bin Mubarak Al Khalifa says the planned June 1 lifting of the measures which give wide powers to the military offer a chance for talks with Shiite-led protesters in the Gulf kingdom, home to the U.S. Navys 5th Fleet.
Al Khalifa, a media adviser and former diplomat, described the next three months as critical toward reconciliation in Bahrain, where majority Shiites claim widespread discrimination by Sunni rulers. Al Khalifa met with reporters Saturday.
Bahraini authorities in March crushed the uprising with sweeping crackdowns aided by a Saudi-led military force.
Woman beheaded in Canary Islands
MADRID (AP) A British woman beheaded in a random attack at a supermarket on the Spanish resort island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands was identified Saturday as a grandmother of five.
Jennifer Mills-Westley, 60, of Norfolk in eastern England, was killed Friday in the beach resort of Los Cristianos, according to the Lucie Blackman Trust & Missing Abroad charity. She was retired and spent time traveling between Tenerife and France.
A 28-year-old homeless Bulgarian man with a police record was arrested after he allegedly ran out of the supermarket holding the victims head.
Mum retired a number of years ago and was fully enjoying her retirement traveling between Tenerife and France, where she spent time visiting her daughter and grandchildren, and her other daughter in Norfolk, the family said in a statement through the charity, which works to help relatives of those killed or missing overseas.
Massive Puerto Rico pipeline debated
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) Puerto Ricos governor is proposing to solve soaring energy prices on this oil-dependent U.S. island with a massive natural-gas pipeline that would cross some of the territorys most fragile ecosystems and archaeological sites.
Gov. Luis Fortuno has made the $450 million project a central goal of his administration and he insists it is a safe, environment-friendly way to lower utility bills. Critics say the 92-mile pipeline will tear up lush green mountains and expose people living near it to deadly explosions.
The pipeline proposal, which Fortuno has dubbed The Green Way, also has sparked corruption allegations. The largest contract so far has gone to an engineering firm with no pipeline construction experience that is owned by a childhood friend of the governor. Fortuno has denied any conflicts of interest.
Puerto Rico has long struggled to overcome high power costs and rising world oil prices have hit the territory especially hard; it depends on petroleum to generate nearly 70 percent of its power. Electricity on the island costs about 21 cents per kilowatt hour, compared with an average of 10 cents per kilowatt hour on the U.S. mainland, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
New president takes power in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) Charismatic pop star-turned-president Michel Martelly took over Haiti on Saturday, promising to rebuild its earthquake-devastated capital, develop the long-neglected countryside and build a modern army.
The 50-year-old performer known to Haitians as Sweet Micky was swept to power in a March 20 presidential runoff by Haitians tired of past leaders who failed to provide even basic services, such as decent roads, water and electricity in the Western Hemispheres poorest country.
Martelly was sworn in during a power outage in front of dozens of dignitaries including former U.S. President Bill Clinton, the U.N.s special envoy to Haiti, and Edmond Mulet, head of the U.N. mission that has maintained order in Haiti since 2004. Also present was Desi Bouterse, the president of Suriname who is on trial for the 1982 executions of 15 political opponents.
Former Haiti President Rene Preval took off the presidential sash and put it on Martelly as they shook hands and embraced, but did not say anything to each other. Martellys wife, Sophia, then came on stage and adjusted the sash as their four children joined them.
Martelly did not speak as he left Parliament for the National Palace, where was to deliver a speech.