BEIJING — An earthquake toppled more than 1,000 houses and apartment buildings in China's southwest near the border with Myanmar, killing at least 25 people and injuring 250, the government said Friday.
Photos from the scene after the quake struck Thursday showed buildings that buckled, crushing their lower floors. Police, firefighters and soldiers rushed to the area to pull out people trapped in the rubble, including a man and girl stuck in the stairwell of a four-story building, according to state broadcaster China Central Television.
The Civil Affairs Ministry said that 25 people had been killed in Yunnan province's Yingjiang county. Another 250 people were injured, 134 of them in serious condition, the ministry said in a notice on its website.
Veteran army officer takes over in Juarez
MEXICO CITY — A retired Mexican army officer widely credited with restoring law and order as the top police official in Tijuana was named Thursday to a similar post in Ciudad Juarez, the country's most violent city.
Julian Leyzaola, who was a lieutenant colonel, was appointed public safety secretary by Ciudad Juarez Mayor Hector Murguia, who was elected last July. He takes over security in a city where fighting between drug cartels has sent killings skyrocketing, with more than 6,400 people slain since late 2006.
Murguia said Leyzaola had "the experience, the honesty and the capacity" to tackle Juarez's daunting problems.