Gunmen kill 15 at old people's home in Yemen

Gunmen attacked an old people's home in the Yemeni port of Aden yesterday, killing at least 15 people including four Christian nuns from India, local officials and medical sources said.

The four attackers told a guard they were on a visit to their mother, then stormed into the home and opened fire with rifles. As well as the nuns, the dead included two Yemeni women staff, eight elderly residents and a guard.

The motive of the gunmen was not immediately known and they fled after the attack.

Philippines impounds North Korean ship

The Philippines said it had impounded a North Korean vessel in response to tough new United Nations sanctions introduced over Pyongyang's recent nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

The 6,830-tonne cargo ship Jin Teng will not be allowed to leave Subic port, northeast of the capital Manila, where it had been docked for three days and its crew will be deported, presidential spokesman Manolo Quezon said.

"The world is concerned over North Korea's nuclear weapons programme and as a member of the UN, the Philippines has to do its part to enforce the sanctions," Mr Quezon said.

A team from the UN is expected to inspect the ship in the port, foreign affairs spokesman Charles Jose said.

Scores injured after boat engine explodes in Bangkok

A river taxi engine exploded early today injuring around 60 commuters in Bangkok, Thai authorities said.

Local media reported that 58 people were hurt and two people were in critical condition after the accident which occurred along the busy Saen Saep Canal in Bangkok.

Police said they are still investigating the cause of the explosion, but initial investigations showed the boat had been mixing different fuels in the gas tank.

The owner of Saen Saep Canal express boat company, which oversees 70 taxi boats, said that 25 of the boats have been using mixed fuel for eight years to lower costs.