Bahrain orders US diplomat to leave
Bahrain ordered a top U.S. diplomat to leave the country Monday after he met with a leading Shiite opposition group.
The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski is not welcome in Bahrain. It said he intervened in the country’s domestic affairs by meeting with some groups at the expense of others.
Bahrain, a tiny island nation that is home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, has been roiled by near-daily protests by Shiites seeking greater political rights and inspired by the Arab Spring wave of revolutions since early 2011.
Ex-Soviet foreign minister dies at 86
Eduard Shevardnadze was a key figure in revolutions abroad and the victim of one at home. As the Soviet Union’s foreign minister, he helped topple the Berlin Wall and end the Cold War, but as the leader of post-Soviet Georgia, his career in the public eye ended in humiliation when he was chased out of his parliament and forced into retirement.
Shevardnadze died Monday at age 86, a decade after he left office. His spokeswoman said he died after a long illness but did not elaborate.
The white-haired man with a gravelly voice was the diplomatic face of Mikhail Gorbachev’s liberalizing policies of glasnost and perestroika. After the wooden Andrei Gromyko, Shevardnadze impressed Western leaders with his charisma, his quick wit and his commitment to Gorbachev’s reform course.
Calls for probe into beating of woman
Civil-libertarians are calling on the California Highway Patrol to conduct a full investigation into an officer who was videotaped repeatedly punching a woman he had pinned on the side of a Los Angeles freeway.
The CHP said the woman was walking on Interstate 10 west of downtown Los Angeles, endangering herself and people in traffic, and the officer was trying to restrain her. The woman had begun walking off the freeway but returned when the confrontation occurred.
The video shows Marlene Pinnock, 51, struggling and trying to sit up while the officer punches her in the face and head until an off-duty law-enforcement officer appears and helps him handcuff her.
4 hurt in accident on roller coaster
SANTA CLARITA, Calif.
A roller coaster derailed Monday at the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park, slightly injuring four people and leaving about two dozen stranded about 20 feet in the air, authorities said.
The Ninja coaster struck a tree branch shortly before 6 p.m. and stopped, said Michael Pittman, a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatch supervisor.
Televised news reports showed at least one of the cars that normally are suspended beneath a track dangling at an angle, derailed at the front.
3 killed in quake
A magnitude-6.9 earthquake on the Pacific Coast jolted a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America on Monday, killing at least three people while damaging homes, hospitals and churches.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at 6:23 a.m. on the Pacific Coast 1 mile north-northeast of Puerto Madero, near the Guatemala border. It initially calculated the magnitude at 7.1 but later lowered the figure to 6.9.