36 civilians die in Yemen air strike
SANAA • An air strike by a Saudi-led coalition killed 36 civilians working at a bottling plant in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah yesterday, residents said.
In another air raid on the capital Sanaa, residents said four civilians were killed when a bomb hit their house near a military base in the south of the city.
The alliance is made up mainly of Gulf Arab states in support of the exiled Yemeni government in its fight against Houthi forces allied to Iran.
Crash kills 38 girls heading to ceremony
MBABANE (Swaziland) • A road accident in Swaziland killed 38 girls and seriously injured 20 others on their way to a traditional ceremony where King Mswati III was to choose a new wife, pro-democracy activists reported.
The accident happened on Friday night when their truck smashed into a car on the road between the tiny kingdom's two main cities, Mbabane and Manzini.
Missing hiker found after nine days
LONDON • An American hiker missing for nine days in California's rugged Sierra Nevada has been found alive.
The hiker, Ms Miyuki Harwood, 62, had gone on a solo hike on Aug 21, but never returned, prompting fellow hikers to alert the authorities, BBC reported.
Initial efforts to locate the hiker by foot, helicopter and drone searches failed to locate her. But she was finally located near Fresno County's Courtright reservoir on Saturday.
Queen Elizabeth set for record reign
LONDON • Queen Elizabeth II is set to become Britain's longest-reigning monarch next month, surpassing her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria's record at around 5.30pm on Sept 9 after 23,226 days, 16 hours and roughly 30 minutes on the throne.
The queen will not indulge in fanfare or celebrations, marking the occasion with just another public engagement - this time opening a new railway line in Scotland.