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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO / Truck fire kills 200-plus

A tanker truck hauling fuel on a rural eastern Congo highway overturned late Friday, gushing oil and exploding in a massive fireball that killed about 220 bystanders, officials and witnesses said Saturday.

ECUADOR / Man killed in capsizing

Ecuadorean officials say a tour boat has capsized off the Galapagos Islands, killing a Danish man on board. A Galapagos National Park spokeswoman said a wave flipped the small wooden vessel Friday night. The body of Nils Aarsoe, 61, was found Saturday.

NIGERIA / 12 sailors kidnapped

A Nigerian naval spokesman says 12 expatriate sailors have been kidnapped off the Nigerian coast. He said pirates boarded the German-flagged BBC Palonia just after 8 p.m. Friday and shot a crew member in the leg. The spokesman says the Nigerian navy took control of the attacked ship and are searching for the pirates.

IRAN / '88 airliner death marked

Iranian helicopters scattered flowers into the Persian Gulf on Saturday as relatives remembered the 290 killed when the USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian airliner 22 years ago. Washington says the warship on July 3, 1988, mistook the airliner for a hostile Iranian fighter jet.

KYRGYZSTAN / Caretaker leader sworn in

Provisional leader Roza Otunbayeva was sworn in Saturday as caretaker president. She will oversee the implementation of a new constitution that dilutes presidential powers in favor of a European-style parliamentary system.

BRITAIN / Same-sex unions weighed

Britain is considering letting same-sex couples include religious elements in civil partnership ceremonies. The Daily Telegraph on Saturday quoted Michael Langrish, the bishop of Exeter, as saying the church will not allow civil partnership registrations in its buildings.

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