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In brief: Moderate quake injures 45 in China

BEIJING – A moderately strong earthquake in southwestern China has injured 45 people and forced thousands to seek shelter in an area near the border with Myanmar, Chinese authorities said today.

Eight people were seriously injured.

The quake in Dehong’s Yingjiang County was registered at magnitude 6.1 by China’s earthquake monitoring agency, but at 5.9 by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Electricity was cut to some areas in the quake zone, but communications were not affected.

Officers fired in wake of rapes

LUCKNOW, India – Facing relentless media attention and growing criticism for a series of rapes, state officials in north India have fired two police officers for failing to investigate the disappearance of two teenage cousins, who were gang-raped and later found hanging from a tree.

But in a country with a long history of tolerance for sexual violence, the firings Friday also came as the state’s top official mocked journalists for asking about the attack.

“Aren’t you safe? You’re not facing any danger, are you?” Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said in Lucknow, the state capital. “Then why are you worried? What’s it to you?”

The gang rape, with video of the girls’ corpses hanging from a mango tree, was the top story Friday on India’s relentless 24-hour news stations. But in just the past few days, Uttar Pradesh also has seen the mother of a rape victim brutally attacked and a 17-year-old girl gang-raped by four men.

Magnate opens Mexican aquarium

MEXICO CITY – Mexican magnate Carlos Slim on Friday inaugurated a four-level, underground aquarium that is one of the biggest in Latin America, housing 3,000 animals belonging to 230 species.

Inbursa Aquarium Director Alejandro Nasta says he hopes the aquarium eventually will become home to as many as 10,000 marine animals belonging to 307 species.

The aquarium was built in an upscale Mexico City neighborhood that is home to gleaming office towers largely built by Slim and across the street from the Soumaya Museum that he constructed to house six floors of works by Impressionists, Old Masters, Mexican muralists, anonymous Mesoamerican craftsmen and others.