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KAMPALA---A car crashed into a mov-
ing gas tanker, sparking a fire that killed
at least 29 people and left scores more
badly burned, Ugandan police said yes-
Police spokesman Ibn Senkumbi said
the gas tanker exploded after colliding
with a passenger car late Saturday on
the outskirts of the Ugandan capital,
Kampala, and that investigators con-
cluded the crash was an accident.
Senkumbi said the gas tanker had been
knocked from behind by a car. Gas started
leaking, he said, and some passenger
motorcyclists stalked the tanker after the
driver abandoned it. Then suddenly the
gas tanker went up in flames that
engulfed nearby cars and scores of people
who had swarmed around the vehicle.
"Some people noticed the flow of fuel
and they came for it," he said.
"In the process there was an explosion.
The tanker exploded, killing 29 people
on the spot."
At least 29 others were left badly
burned, he said. Police even searched
for dead bodies in a nearby swamp where
many of the victims had run to douse
themselves after catching fire.
Victims nursing serious burns were
rushed to the main referral hospital in
Kampala, where an Associated Press
reporter counted at least 20 badly burned
patients. Visitors were being turned away
by police and security officials who said
doctors and nurses there had been over-
whelmed by the number of casualties
from the gas explosion.
Explosions involving moving gas
tankers happen frequently in this poor
East African country, often killing those
who rush to the scene with plastic cans
hoping to steal fuel. Musa Ecweru, the
Ugandan minister for disaster prepared-
ness, described the incident as an avoid-
able "calamity," saying it was unfortunate
that some people had failed to learn from
past mistakes. (AP)
Vladimir Putin has signed into law
a measure that stigmatises gay
people and bans giving children
any information about
The lower house of Russia's
parliament unanimously passed
the Kremlin-backed bill on June 11
and the upper house approved it
The ban on "propaganda of
nontraditional sexual relations" is
part of an effort to promote
traditional Russian values over
Western liberalism, which the
Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox
Church see as corrupting Russian
youth and contributing to the
protests against Putin's rule.
Hefty fines can now be imposed
on those who provide information
about the lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender community to
minors or hold gay pride rallies.
The Kremlin announced
yesterday that Putin has signed
the legislation into law. (AP)
Russian President okays anti-gay laws
dela s grandson says he will contest
a court order for him to move the
remains of three family members to
their original gravesite.
The family feud comes as Mandela,
94, remained in critical condition in
a Pretoria hospital yesterday.
The grandson, Mandla Mandela,
issued a statement yesterday saying
he was compelled to take action
against 16 other family members who
had pressed the case.
The court orders that the remains
of Nelson Mandela s three deceased
children should be moved back to the
family gravesite in Qunu from the
nearby village of Mvezo, according to
South Africa s Sunday Times news-
The Mandela family feud over the
gravesite is apparently a prelude to a
disagreement over where Nelson
Mandela s remains will stay.
Both sides expressed regret over
the public case. (AP)
PUERTO VIEJO---Ecuadorean Presi-
dent Rafael Correa has told the Asso-
ciated Press that National Security
Agency leaker Edward Snowden is
"under the care of Russian authorities"
and can t leave Moscow s international
airport without his US passport.
In an interview with the AP yesterday,
Correa said he had no idea Snowden s
intended destination was Ecuador when
he fled Hong Kong for Russia last week.
He said the Ecuadorean consul in
London committed "a serious error"
without consulting any officials in
Ecuador s capital when the consul issued
a letter of safe passage for Snowden.
Correa said "the case is not in Ecuador s
hands" and said Snowden must assume
responsibility if he broke US laws.
But Correa said the broader legiti-
macy of Snowden s action must be
taken into consideration and Ecuador
would still consider an asylum request.
Blast kills 29
feuds over gravesite
Snowden stuck in Moscow
CAPE TOWN---Retired archbishop
Desmond Tutu locked eyes with
President Barack Obama yesterday,
in an emotional moment between
two men who have been pioneers
for racial progress a world apart.
Tutu greeted Obama with a "wel-
come home" to the continent where
his father was born, and pleaded
with the US president to be a leader
for peace, especially in the Middle
East, who can make all Africans
Obama was visiting the Desmond
Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Centre,
an after-school programme in a
community where many young
people are infected with the virus
that causes Aids.
Obama praised Tutu, a Nobel
Peace Prize laureate who helped
bring an end to South Africa s racist
apartheid rule, as "an unrelenting
champion of justice and human
Tutu then spoke of Obama s re-
election last fall as America s first
"You don t know what you did
for our psyche," Tutu said.
"You won, and we won."
"Your success is our success. Your
failure, whether you like it or not,
is our failure," Tutu said, reaching
out to touch Obama s arm.
Obama chuckled and threw up
his arms as if acknowledging his
"We want you to be known as
having brought peace to the world,
especially to have brought an end
to the anguish of all in the Middle
East," Tutu said.
"We pray that you will be known
as having brought peace in all of
these places where there is strife.
You have brought peace and no need
for the Guantanamo Bay detention
center" in Cuba, where the US has
detained dozens of suspected ter-
In a diplomatic tour full of script-
ed formality, the 81-year-old arch-
bishop spoke so slowly and pas-
sionately that many in the room
who work at the center or the White
House were moved to tears.
"We are proud of you. You belong
to us," Tutu concluded.
Obama also may have appreciated
such affirming words at a time when
he seems to be under constant crit-
icism at home. Obama rose and
helped Tutu to his feet, and the two
heartily embraced, with the click of
media cameras the only sound in
Obama and his family also toured
the Robben Island prison where
Nelson Mandela spent nearly 20
years as a political prisoner before
he was released and elected South
Africa s first black president.
Obama spent more than 20 min-
utes inside the tiny cell that housed
Mandela for 18 years.
After his family left, Obama
remained alone inside the cell that
now is a monument to Mandela, a
man Obama says is a "personal
hero." Obama visited Robben Island
in 2006, when he was a US senator,
but the tour was a first for his wife,
Michelle, and daughters, Malia and
"There was something different
about bringing my children," Obama
said, opening his speech at the uni-
versity. He said they now appreciate
more the sacrifices that Mandela
and others had made for freedom.
"I knew this was an experience
they would never forget," Obama
Before leaving the island, Obama
signed the prison s guest book with
a message likely to be seen by the
countless visitors who will follow
Tutu welcomes Obama 'home'
is our success
chat with a
student at the
in Cape Town,
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