Printed on: September 15, 2013

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Grenade attacks in Rwanda kill two

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- Rwandan police said Saturday that two separate grenade blasts killed two people and wounded 22 in Kigali, Rwanda's capital, ahead of parliamentary elections Monday.

A grenade exploded Friday night at a busy marketplace in the Kigali suburb of Kicukiro, killing one person and wounded 14, according to police spokesman Damas Gatare.

Spain gov't rejects separatist request

MADRID (AP) -- Spain's prime minister has rejected a request by the leader of Catalonia to approve a referendum that would allow the northeastern region to decide whether to secede from the rest of the country.

In a written reply, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told Artur Mas, leader of the economically powerful region, "the ties that bind us together cannot be undone without enormous cost" and that the two politicians should hold talks instead.

Rajoy's answer Saturday officially rebuffs the pro-separatist request Mas made in July. Spain's constitution says only the central government can call a referendum.

Iran FM's Facebook page was hacked

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A semiofficial news agency in Iran says hackers gained access to the Facebook page of the country's foreign minister and made comments about the country's 2009 election.

The report Saturday by Fars quotes Marzieh Afkham, a foreign ministry spokeswoman, saying Mohammad Javad Zarif's Facebook page had been hacked.

Fars said hackers wrote comments about the controversial 2009 re-election of former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that led to a massive crackdown on the country's opposition.

Spain arrests Hells Angels in drug bust

MADRID (AP) -- Four members of the Hells Angels have been arrested in northwest Spain for allegedly smuggling 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) of cocaine into the county with the aim of distributing it, the Interior Ministry said in a statement Saturday.

The statement said the men, all Canadians, were arrested near the coastal city of Pontevedra, where one had arrived by yacht, allegedly having sailed from Colombia with the drugs.

South Korea wins gold in North Korea

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- A South Korean weightlifter heard his national anthem played Saturday after winning gold in an international competition in North Korea, an unusual development between the bitter rivals and a vivid sign of the Koreas' easing tensions after a spring of war threats.

Two South Koreans in the junior competition at the Asian Cup and Interclub Weightlifting Championship in Pyongyang, Kim Woo-sik and Lee Young-gun, were the only competitors in the 187.34 pounds weight category and automatically won gold and silver. The crowd in Ryugyong Jong Ju Yong Indoor Stadium stood as the South Korean national anthem played and two South Korean flags were raised.