World news in brief - September 2, 2012

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 September, 2012, 4:45am

3,100 warned of Yosemite virus risk

YOSEMITE, California - Officials have now sent 3,100 notifications to visitors to Yosemite National Park in California who may have been exposed to hantavirus, as the confirmed cases traced to Yosemite rose to six, two fatal. The virus spreads via mice droppings, saliva or urine. Initially flu-like, the ailment can turn deadly as lungs begin to fill with fluid. Los Angeles Times

Thousands return as firefighters tame blaze

MADRID - Firefighters yesterday tamed a wildfire that had threatened villages outside the upmarket beach resort of Marbella on southern Spain's Costa del Sol, allowing about 4,000 evacuees to start returning to their homes and hotels. The fire killed a 78-year-old British man, and a couple in their fifties were treated for serious burns. Reuters

Suicide bombers use fuel tanker

KABUL - Suicide bombers struck near a US base in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, killing at least 12, officials said. One detonated an explosive vest outside a compound housing police and army headquarters in Sayed Abad, 70 kilometres from Kabul. A second driving a fuel tanker detonated his bomb on the road between the base and the compound. The dead were civilians or police, while 59, including two Nato soldiers, were wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility. AP

Overloaded vessel capsizes; at least 8 die

CONAKRY, Guinea - Survivors say at least eight people have died and another 30 are missing after a vessel overloaded with merchandise capsized in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Conakry, the capital of Guinea. Ibrahima Bangoura, one of the survivors, said the boat was travelling from the capital to the island of Loos Kassa, about 50 kilometres away. They had just left the port when a violent wind picked up the wooden vessel and smashed it on the rocks. AP

Murder victim floating near Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS - A woman's torso found floating near the base of the Niagara Falls was probably in the water for up to 10 days, and the victim was murdered, police said. Police said the case was not related to body parts found in Toronto earlier last month. Authorities have asked police in New York and Ontario to review missing-person files. AP

Armenia cuts ties over killer's extradition

YEREVAN - Armenia severed diplomatic ties with Hungary because it extradited a convicted murderer to Azerbaijan, where he was pardoned. Ramil Safarov killed an Armenian officer during a Nato-sponsored language course in Budapest in 2004. Bloombe rg