10,000 evacuated from French camps
PARIS • French officials evacuated 10,000 people from three different campsites on Monday as hot winds fanned fires in drought-hit Provence.
Thirty mobile homes went up in flames in one camping site about 40km west of Cannes, and 10 in another.
Spy death: Man backs out of giving evidence
LONDON • A Russian wanted in Britain over former spy Alexander Litvinenko's death has backed out of appearing by video-link from Moscow at the inquiry into the 2006 poisoning, just days before its conclusion later this week.
Dmitry Kovtun and a second Russian are wanted by British police for allegedly poisoning Kremlin critic Litvinenko in a London hotel in 2006 using tea laced with polonium-210, a radioactive isotope. High court judge Robert Owen, who chairs the inquiry, said if Kovtun was genuine about giving evidence, obstacles have been put in the way of his doing so.
$1.36m gold haul from sunken fleet
ORLANDO • A Florida family which has hunted treasure for years found more than US$1 million (S$1.36 million) worth of gold artefacts from the wreckage of a 1715 Spanish fleet that sank in the Atlantic, according to a salvage company's estimate.
The find included 51 gold coins and 12m of ornate gold chain.