A bomb explosion has hit a bus carrying workers to Russia’s main military base in Chechnya, killing three people and wounding at least eight others. It happened in the Chechen capital of Grozny. Police said those killed were not on the bus but in vehicles near-by. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
In northern Spain, a car bomb explosion has killed two police officers and seriously injured a third. No one claimed responsibility for the blast, but officials blame it on the Basque separatist group ETA. ETA has killed more than 800 people in its 35-year-old campaign for an independent Basque state.
The United Nations Security Council has authorized a French-led multi-national emergency force for the eastern Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. All 15 council members backed the operation to protect civilians in the town of Bunia, where nearly 400 people have been killed in ethnic violence in recent weeks.
And Air France’s Concorde super-sonic transport has made its final flight from Paris to New York. The return flight Sunday will close a pioneering 27-year chapter in the history of aviation. The Concorde brought Air France and British Airways great prestige but not great profits. Both airlines had announced they would phase out the service.