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French youth, police clash
AMIENS, France -- Months of tension between police and young people in a troubled district of northern France exploded on Tuesday, with dozens of youths facing off against riot officers in a night of violence.
Seventeen officers were injured, a preschool and public gym were torched, and at least three passing drivers in Amiens were dragged from their cars.
The immediate cause of the riots was unclear, but a standoff between police and people attending a memorial for a young man who died in a motorcycle accident may have been one trigger.
Sabrina Hadji, whose 20-year-old brother, Nadir, died in the motorcycle accident, accused local police of provoking the riots by acting too aggressively when they asked for ID from people gathering at the memorial.
Join rebels: ex-Syrian PM
BEIRUT -- The highest-ranking political defector from Bashar Assad's regime, former prime minister Riad Hijab, has called for other top figures in the Syrian government and military to join the rebel side.
"The regime is on the verge of collapse morally and economically, in addition to cracks in the military," Hijab told a news conference in Amman, Jordan, in his first public remarks since fleeing last week with his family under the protection of the Free Syrian Army.
Crash survivors found
MOUNT KENYA, Kenya -- Rescue teams found two bodies and searched for at least seven soldiers and airmen on Tuesday after the crashes of three Ugandan helicopter gunships on Kenya's highest mountain, a rugged landscape where leopards and elephants roam.
Five survivors found on Tuesday had spent two nights on the mountain in sub-freezing temperatures. Hope dimmed that the seven personnel who were unaccounted for would survive a third night on the mountain.
Neither Kenyan nor Ugandan authorities could yet say why the helicopters crashed.
-- from the news services