World Briefs

UK authorities charge man in U.S. threat

LONDON – A British man was charged Saturday after he allegedly posted a threat on Facebook to kill 200 people in the U.S. state of Tennessee, causing many children to stay home from school, authorities said.

Reece Elliott, 24, from a town east of the northern English city of Newcastle, has been charged with making malicious comments, which led to 2,900 children skipping class in Warren County, Tenn., police said. He did not enter a plea at a 30-minute court hearing and was ordered to remain in custody.

Chile: Bus crash kills 16 soccer fans

SANTIAGO, Chile – A bus carrying fans of a Chilean soccer team plunged into a ravine, killing 16 people.

Fire department officials said most of those who died in Saturday’s crash were 13 to 18 years old. One was an infant a few months old. Twenty-one people were reported injured.

Officials said the bus plunged about 500 feet into a ravine in a mountainous zone about 280 miles south of the capital.

6 dead in rocket attack on Iraqi refugee camp

BAGHDAD – Rockets and mortar rounds struck a refugee camp for Iranian exiles next to Baghdad’s international airport before dawn Saturday, killing six people and wounding about 40, police and U.N. officials said.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack. The government said it launched an investigation, but that there was little it can do to shield the camp, which is home to about 3,100 people, from rocket attacks. It asked the international community to speed up the resettlement of the refugees.

Colombia: No injuries reported after 6.9 quake

BOGOTA, Colombia – A powerful but deep earthquake shook a broad swath of Colombia and Ecuador on Saturday, sending frightened people fleeing into the streets, but no serious injuries or major damage were reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 9:16 a.m. quake had a magnitude of 6.9.

Sweden: Six people win ice pole-sitting contest

STOCKHOLM – Six contestants have braved butt-numbing cold and boredom to win an annual ice pole-sitting contest in northern Sweden.

Two women and four men shared the 20,000 kronor ($3,100) prize for remaining on 8-foot-tall blocks of ice during the 48-hour contest, which ended Saturday.

Competitors said the worst part of the competition was not the cold – temperatures dipped 18 degrees below zero – but the monotony, even though they were allowed to come down for 10-minute toilet breaks every other hour.

Associated Press