Thousands fight plan to move US base


Okinawans protest US base relocation TOKYO — Tens of thousands of protesters gathered Saturday in Okinawa, vowing to stop the planned relocation of a US military base on the southern Japanese island. Opponents say the plan to move Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from a crowded neighborhood to a less populated coastal site would be an environmental debacle and ignore local wishes to have the base moved from the island entirely. (AP)

Nine killed in crash of rescue helicopter

TOKYO — All nine people aboard a Japanese search and rescue helicopter that crashed in the central mountains were confirmed dead Saturday. The Bell 412EP helicopter carrying seven rescue workers from the Gunma prefecture and two from a flight service company lost contact about an hour after takeoff Friday. The helicopter was deployed to monitor the opening of a mountain trail. The cause of the crash has not been determined. (AP)


Suspect is charged with four murders

FREDERICTON — Canadian police charged a man Saturday in the deaths of two police officers and two civilians in a shooting that struck a nerve in a country that has seen several instances of mass violence in recent months. Police in the eastern city of Fredericton, New Brunswick, said Matthew Vincent Raymond, 48, was charged with four counts of first-degree murder. He is being treated for injuries and is to appear in court Aug. 27. (AP)



3 officers are slain; bomber wounds 6

ISLAMABAD — Gunmen killed three police in northern Pakistan, and a suicide bomber wounded three Chinese engineers and three paramilitary guards in a separate incident, officials said Saturday. One of the gunmen who attacked a police post was killed in the ensuing shootout late Friday. Another two police were wounded. The bomber struck near a bus carrying Chinese engineers from Baluchistan to Karachi on Saturday. (AP)


2 Germans charged in flooding at camp

PARIS — A French judge issued preliminary charges Saturday to two Germans whose group ran an unauthorized campsite in southern France that was inundated by flash floods, forcing the emergency removal of 119 children. The men, who were not identified, face charges of involuntary injury aggravated by endangerment and creating a campsite without a permit, Nimes prosecutor Eric Maurel said. A few of the campers were hospitalized with minor injuries. (AP)