WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A light aircraft carrying skydivers crashed in flames Saturday near a popular tourist spot in New Zealand's Southern Alps, killing nine people including four foreign tourists, police said.
The plane caught fire after takeoff from an airstrip at Fox Glacier on the country's South Island, said Ian Henderson, a spokesman for local ambulance services. But other locals said the fire erupted when the plane crashed into a fence at the end of the runway after it failed to lift off safely.
The pilot and eight passengers were killed, Greymouth Police Senior Sgt. Allyson Ealam said.
El Salvador police find cash-filled oil drums
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Police in El Salvador have found two buried oil drums stuffed with millions of dollars in cash possibly linked to the illegal drug trade, authorities said Saturday.
The first barrel was found Thursday on a ranch in the town of Penitente Abajo, about 40 miles from the capital.
After three days counting the bundles of $100, $50 and $20 bills, authorities announced that it contained about $9 million in U.S. dollars, which the Central American nation uses as its currency.
Another plastic drum was uncovered Saturday about 5 yards away, also crammed with money. A count of the second stash was under way.
Saudi Arabia shuts down clerics' websites
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia's telecom regulator has shut down three websites that were violating a government decree limiting the issuance of religious edicts to the country's most senior group of clerics, authorities said Saturday.
Saad al-Shihri, an official at the Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission, said the regulator began blocking the websites on Wednesday. He said authorities also have drawn up a list of clerics whose services break the decree, and that they have been sent messages "warning them to comply."
Among those breaking the ban are clerics who offer fatwas via text messages, some for as much as $3 per message, al-Shihri said. Regulators have already started barring such services.
Violence in Darfur refugee camp kills 6
CAIRO — Clashes in a refugee camp in Sudan's Darfur region left six people dead, U.N.-African Union troops said Saturday, days after violence elsewhere in the area claimed the lives of at least 37 people.
The spokesman for the UNAMID mission, Chris Cycmanick, said the fighting took place in the Hamidia refugee camp in West Darfur late Friday night and continued intermittently to Saturday morning.
According to witnesses in the camp, the clashes between different groups in the camp left six people dead, Cycmanick said. Thirty-three people were wounded.
It was not immediately clear what sparked the violence.
Mexico City judge orders 'La Barbie' held
MEXICO CITY — A judge has ordered a U.S.-born suspected drug lord known as "La Barbie" held for 40 days pending an investigation into organized-crime and other possible charges, authorities announced Saturday.
Edgar Valdez Villarreal will be jailed at federal police headquarters in Mexico City during that period, the Attorney General's Office said in a statement.
The judge's decision also gives Mexican authorities time to decide whether to deport Valdez to the United States, where he faces cocaine charges in three states.