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SUDAN: 29 Chinese workers abducted

Rebels have kidnapped 29 Chinese workers who were building a road in a remote stretch of the country, Chinese and Sudanese sources said Sunday. The workers' camp in South Kordofan was attacked Saturday by the Sudan People's Liberation Movement, said to be allied with Southern Sudan, the world's newest country. A rebel spokesman was quoted as saying the workers were being held "for their own safety" because of fighting. China, Sudan's largest trading partner, has extensive investments in oil, agriculture, minerals and infrastructure.


CANADA: Three guilty in 'honor killing'

Three members of an Afghan Canadian family were found guilty Sunday of the "honor killing" of three siblings and a fourth relative after a high-profile trial that has fascinated Canadians. A jury in Kingston, Ontario, found the husband and wife, Mohammad Shafia and Tooba Mohammad Yahya, and their eldest son Hamed Mohammad Shafia guilty of four counts of first-degree murder. Their victims were three of Hamed's sisters and a woman who turned out to be Mohammad Shafia's first wife in a polygamous marriage. "The apparent reason behind these cold-blooded, shameful murders was that the four completely innocent victims offended your completely twisted concept of honor," said Judge Robert Maranger after the verdict. The court heard repeated evidence that the three teenage sisters had clashed with their conservative father.


ITALY: Weather curtails search

Divers searching for bodies in the wreck of the Costa Concordia suspended work Sunday after heavy seas caused the vessel to shift noticeably, authorities said. The liner could remain where it lies near the island of Giglio until the end of the year or longer before it can be salvaged, a recovery operation official said.

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