World Briefs: 3 stabbed at US white hate group's rally

3 stabbed at US white hate group's rally

LOS ANGELES • Three people were stabbed, one critically, in California on Saturday when a Ku Klux Klan (KKK) rally erupted into clashes with counter-protesters, witnesses and police said.

Around midday, half a dozen members of the white hate group arrived at the protest site in Anaheim, officials said. Sergeant Daron Wyatt said it appeared that "six KKK people arrived and were immediately attacked by counter-protesters, which led to a counter-protester being stabbed". Of the 13 arrested, six were KKK members and seven were from the rival demonstration, the police spokesman added.

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Swiss set to reject deportation plan

GENEVA • Swiss voters were on course to reject a proposal to automatically deport foreign criminals for even minor offences, according to early projected results of a referendum yesterday. At midday, the gfs.bern polling institute said 59 per cent of voters had said "no".

If passed, the proposal would dramatically increase the number of offences that can get foreign nationals automatically kicked out of Switzerland.

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Death toll in Russian mine disaster hits 36

MOSCOW • The death toll in Russia's worst mining disaster in recent history climbed to 36 yesterday.

Officials said 26 missing workers had not survived while another six - five rescuers and a miner - were killed in a fresh explosion yesterday. On Thursday, four miners were reported killed when a methane explosion ripped through the Severnaya mine in Arctic Russia.

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