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2 men face police after public disorder


Police blame panic on subway dispute

LONDON — Two men sought by authorities after an altercation at a London subway station that led to panic at the heart of the Oxford Street shopping district turned themselves in to police for questioning Saturday. The men, aged 21 and 40, responded to a public appeal from investigators, and both were interviewed. They haven’t been identified or charged. The confrontation on an Oxford Circus subway platform Friday sparked rumors of gunfire. (AP)


11 killed in fireat Black Sea resort

BATUMI — A fire at a luxury hotel in the Black Sea resort of Batumi killed 11 people and injured 21 more. Ten of those killed were Georgians and the other was a citizen of Iran. The blaze broke out at the Leogrand Hotel on Friday night, most likely in its spa center. All those who perished had died after inhaling fumes, the regional health minister said. The Leogrand, which opened in 2015, had been fined for failing to comply with fire safety regulations. (New York Times)


Separatists name temporary leader

LUHANSK — Separatist lawmakers in eastern Ukraine on Saturday appointed an interim chief to replace their beleaguered leader in an apparent insider coup. The resignation of Igor Plotnitsky, the leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic, was announced Friday by Leonid Pasechnik, his longtime foe and minister of state security. The separatists said Saturday that the local legislature voted unanimously to accept Plotnitsky’s resignation and make Pasechnik interim chief. (AP)



President has heart surgery

SAO PAULO — President Michel Temer is recovering after undergoing a successful angioplasty in three coronary arteries. The Sao Paulo hospital that treated Temer said Saturday that two stents were implanted during the procedure late Friday. The three arteries had 90-percent obstructions. The hospital says Temer will be discharged Monday. The 77-year-old president was admitted to the hospital on Friday night to have a coronary catheter inserted to check for blockages. (AP)



Militants seek to disrupt election

KATHMANDU — Maoist militants trying to block national elections have opened fire on politicians, blown up vehicles, planted land mines, and targeted civilians in dozens of attacks, injuring at least 17 people. Attackers say the main Maoist political party has given up too many of its core principles to appeal to voters. The elections will fill hundreds of positions in one of the largest democratic exercises ever in this nation. (New York Times)