Briefs, October 1, 2012

PUBLISHED : Monday, 01 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 01 October, 2012, 4:43am

Chinese gold miners deported from Ghana

BEIJING - China said 38 citizens had been arrested and deported after being caught allegedly mining gold illegally in Ghana. A statement on the website of the Chinese embassy in the West African country said 40 Chinese nationals were recently detained in Obuasi district, in southern Ghana. One person was found not guilty, while another was released on bail. The others had no residence, work permit or licence to mine. AP


Attack takes US toll in Afghanistan to 2,000

KABUL - Two Americans were killed in the latest attack by a member of the Afghan security forces, as US military deaths reached 2,000 since the start of the war in Afghanistan in 2001. An International Security Assistance Force spokesman could not confirm whether the Afghan casualties had been killed by the insider or in return fire by ISAF troops in the incident on Saturday night. AFP


Ecuadorean forces save UK, Australian tourists

QUITO - Ecuadoran authorities rescued two tourists from Britain and Australia kidnapped a day earlier near the Colombian border. The women, who were not immediately identified, were abducted while visiting the Cuyabeno nature reserve in Sucumbios province, officials said. They were travelling in a canoe as part of a group of seven tourists with two guides. AFP


Thousands join Belfast march by Protestants

BELFAST - Thousands of Protestants marched peacefully through the heart of Northern Ireland's capital on Saturday amid a heavy security presence. It was one of Belfast's biggest parades in years, and police were deployed in large numbers to prevent clashes between marchers and Northern Ireland's Catholic minority. AP


Russian investigation into Webber musical

MOSCOW - A theatre in southern Russia has stopped selling tickets to Jesus Christ Superstar after prosecutors launched an investigation into whether it is offensive to devout Christians. Saint Petersburg's Rock Opera company was to perform the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical in the city of Rostov-on-Don on October 18. AFP