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In brief: No leads yet in kidnapping

Mon., Aug. 15, 2011

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Authorities searched for clues about who kidnapped an American in Pakistan but came up with no leads after questioning the guards at his house when he was abducted, police said Sunday.

Gunmen snatched development expert Warren Weinstein, 70, before dawn Saturday after tricking his guards and breaking into his house in the eastern city of Lahore.

Weinstein is the country director for J.E. Austin Associates, a development contractor that has received millions of dollars from the aid arm of the U.S. government, according to a profile on LinkedIn, a networking website. He had told his staff that he would be wrapping up his latest project and moving out of Pakistan.

Police were hoping the guards could shed some light on who targeted Weinstein but came up empty-handed, said Shoaib Khurram, a senior police official in Lahore.

Bermudans prep for tropical storm

HAMILTON, Bermuda – People in Bermuda installed storm shutters and hauled their boats onto beaches in preparation for Tropical Storm Gert, which slowly strengthened Sunday over the Atlantic as it approached the wealthy British archipelago.

A tropical storm warning was in effect for Bermuda, though the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Gert’s center was still about 170 miles south-southeast from the isolated island chain.

Gert was moving north-northwest at 12 mph and had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. The storm is expected near or just east of Bermuda today. It is projected to remain well away from the U.S. East Coast.

Ten people killed in mine blast

BEIJING – A state media report said a gas blast in a coal mine in southwestern China has killed 10 people.

Xinhua News Agency said today that the blast Sunday evening was in Panxian county in Guizhou province.

It said 11 miners were working underground and one survived the blast with burns to his arms. It did not immediately give any other details.

China’s mining industry is the deadliest in the world, although the government has improved safety standards in recent years.


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