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Britain investigates drug company bribes
LONDON, England
Britain's Serious Fraud Office has demanded documents from drug giants GlaxoSmithKline PLC and AstraZeneca PLC in connection with allegations that the companies paid bribes to secure lucrative contracts in Iraq while Saddam Hussein was in power.
The pharmaceutical companies are accused of violating the U.N.'s oil-for-food program, established in the mid-1990s to ease the impact on Iraqis of sanctions imposed on Saddam's regime after his 1990 invasion of Kuwait. Under the program, money from Iraqi oil sales was to have been used for food and medicine.
Both companies have denied wrongdoing and said Saturday they were cooperating with the investigation.
Hooters shooter
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee
A customer who was upset over his tab fired several shots into a Hooters restaurant, killing one person and seriously wounding a manager, police said.
Police were searching for the man, who left on foot Saturday just after midnight, Lieutenant Kenny Miller said.
Managers asked the man to leave after he refused to pay his bill at the chain restaurant and bar, which is known for featuring scantily-clad waitresses. He then went outside and started firing a .40-caliber handgun at the building, police said.
The shots hit another customer identified as 35-year-old Stacey Sherman. Sherman, who police believed was visiting family for the holidays, died later at a hospital.
Colombia explosion
BOGOTA, Colombia
Six soldiers were missing and eight others were injured Saturday after an ammunition depot blew up at a military garrison in Colombia, said an army general correcting an earlier report that said two people had died.
General Roberto Pico said government investigators had determined that "six servicemen were missing and eight were wounded, six of whom are in stable condition and their lives no longer at risk."
Pico said "there was an accident inside an ammunition depot" of an artillery batallion "apparently caused by a hand grenade."
Press reports in Medellin said the initial huge blast set off more explosions and a fire in the arsenal that firefighting crews and two army helicopters took eight hours to put out.
Mauritania arrests
NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania
Authorities in Mauritania have detained three people accused of helping the suspected killers of four French tourists flee the country, officials said.
The three allegedly ferried the killers in a canoe across a river that borders Senegal near the Mauritanian town of Boghe, said public prosecutor Mohamed Ould Bakar. They were arrested midweek, he said.
Security forces in Senegal have also been searching for the three suspects who allegedly carried out the attack but so far no arrests have been made there and the whereabouts of the attackers is unknown.
Mauritania's interior minister has blamed a three-member terrorist sleeper cell for the Christmas Eve killing of the four French family members, who were gunned down while picnicking on a roadside during a visit to the African country on the edges of the Sahara desert.


Updated : 2021-06-15 03:23 GMT+08:00