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GENEVA---US Secretary of
State John Kerry broke his leg in a
bicycle crash yesterday after strik-
ing a curb, and scrapped the rest of
a four-nation trip that included an
international conference on com-
bating the Islamic State group.
Kerry was in stable condition
and in good spirits as he prepared
to return to Boston for further
treatment with the doctor who
previously operated on his hip, US
State Department spokesman
John Kirby said. He said X-rays at
a Swiss hospital confirmed that
Kerry fractured his right femur.
"The secretary is stable and
never lost consciousness, his in-
jury is not life-threatening and he
is expected to make a full recov-
ery," Kirby said in a statement.
Kerry, 71, was taken by helicop-
ter to Geneva's main medical cen-
ter, HUG, after hitting a curb with
his bike near Scionzier, France,
about 40 kilometres southeast of
the Swiss border. (AP)
BEIRUT---A fuel tank exploded inside a
clinic in the predominantly Kurdish north-
eastern Syrian town of Qamishli yesterday,
killing at least 25 people, including chil-
dren, state TV and activists said.
The Syrian TV report said the explosion
also wounded 30.
Juan Mohammed, a Kurdish official in
the nearby city of Hassakeh, said the explo-
sion happened as the clinic was packed with
children who were brought to receive polio
Mohammed said it appeared that a gas
cylinder exploded inside the clinic in what
led to an explosion of an oxygen cylinder
that was nearby. He said that the two blasts
led to a third explosion in the fuel tank
killing 25 people including 12 staffers and
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights said the fire killed 25 people
adding that some of the wounded are in
Also yesterday, Islamic State fighters cap-
tured the town of Souran Azaz and the near-
by villages of Hasya and Bel in the northern
province of Aleppo from moderate Syrian
The villages are close to the Bab al-
Salamah border crossing point with Turkey.
The Observatory said the fighting in the
area killed 31 rebels and 22 IS members. IS
has been fighting over territory with rebel
groups in Aleppo since early last year.
In the northern city of Aleppo, rebels
shelled a government-held neighbourhood,
killing 12 people, according to Syria's state
news agency SANA.
The Observatory said the shelling killed
The shelling in Aleppo came a day after
Syrian army airstrikes killed at least 70 peo-
ple, most of them civilians, and wounded
scores in attacks in Aleppo province.
More than 220,000 people have been
killed in Syria since the start of the uprising
against Syrian President Bashar Assad in
March 2011. (AP)
Migrants wait to disembark from the Italian Coast Guard ship Peluso, on the
tiny Italian island of Lampedusa, yesterday. Around 75,000 migrants have
been picked up trying to enter Italy and Greece from Libya so far this year.
More than 1,800 are feared to have died. Most rescue emergencies happen
some 40 nautical miles from Libya. AP PHOTO
25 dead after fire
at Syrian clinic
Kerry breaks leg in bicycle crash
JOHN KERRY. AP PHOTO
East African leaders
call for Burundi to
NAIROBI---Burundi s government should post-
pone parliamentary and presidential elections
for a six weeks because of unrest triggered by
President Pierre Nkurunziza s bid for a third
term in office, an emergency meeting for the
heads of state from the regional East African
Community urged yesterday.
Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, has been rocked
by protests for the last five weeks since Nku-
runziza's candidature was announced.
Heads of states from Tanzania, Uganda and
Kenya attended the summit in the Tanzanian
city of Dar es Salaam, a statement from the office
of East African Community chairman, Kenyan
President Uhuru Kenyatta's said. South African
President Jacob Zuma also attended.
The regional leaders called on Burundi's gov-
ernment to use the time before the delayed elec-
tions to create an environment conducive for
the polls, the statement said. The statement said
Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza was rep-
resented by Foreign Affairs Minister Alain
Nyamitwe while Rwanda was represented by its
East African Community minister Valentine Rug-
Burundi's parliamentary elections are scheduled
for Friday while presidential elections are slated
for June 26. At least 20 people have died and 471
injured in the weeks of protests as police and
demonstrators engage in running battles. (AP)
BAY OF BENGAL---Myanmar s navy briefly
detained journalists who tried to reach a remote
island yesterday where more than 700 migrants
were being held after their giant wooden ship was
found drifting off the country s southwestern coast.
Some journalists were forced to hand over their
camera memory cards or sign documents saying
they would not try to make the journey again.
The wooden boat was one of more than a half-
dozen that have either washed to Southeast Asian
shores or been rescued in the last month following
a massive, regional crackdown on human trafficking
Around half of the 3,700 people to come ashore
have been Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution
in Myanmar, according to the UN Refugee Agency,
and the remainder Bangladeshis escaping poverty.
Myanmar, however, has denied that Rohingya have
been among the boat people, saying all have been
from Bangladesh. It also has refused to shoulder
the blame for a spiraling humanitarian crisis.
It insisted yesterday that all 727 people on board
the ship recovered in the Bay of Bengal on Fri-
day---including 74 women and 45 children---were
boat people 'rescue'
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