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Probe set of police in stun gun death

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- After the release of a scathing public inquiry report, the British Columbia government said Friday it will appoint a special prosecutor to review the possibility of criminal charges against four police officers for using a stun gun on a Polish immigrant who died.

Robert Dziekanski died in 2007 at Vancouver International Airport after being shocked five times by police.

Prosecutors ruled out charging the officers last year, saying their actions were justified.

But British Columbia Attorney General Mike de Jong said the matter should be reviewed after the inquiry report released Friday concluded that the officers were not justified in using a stun gun and that their explanations of the events that night were "patently unbelievable."

Dziekanski, who spoke only Polish, apparently had become upset after waiting for his mother. The four officers who responded to emergency calls about a man throwing furniture, used a stun gun to knock Dziekanski to the ground about 30 seconds after arriving.


Hope fades for 50 after mine explosion

AMAGA, Colombia (AP) -- Authorities held out little hope Friday for dozens of workers trapped underground after an explosion ripped through a coal mine, killing at least 18 during a shift change.

At least 50 workers remained unaccounted for a day and a half after the explosion, and rescue efforts were moving slowly because of dangerous gases, officials said. Rescue workers lacked oxygen tanks.

Authorities say they believe that a methane gas buildup caused Wednesday's explosion.

Coroners from the state prosecutor's office said most of the victims died from burns in the explosion in a 1.2-mile-long access tunnel.


3 Americans among 5 killed as fighting flares

KABUL (AP) -- Five NATO troops including three Americans died in fighting Friday in Afghanistan, raising to 34 the number of U.S. troops killed in the war so far this month.

NATO said the two Americans died in an insurgent attack and another died in a roadside bomb explosion.

In London, the British Defense Ministry said one of its soldiers was killed by in an explosion in Helmand province.

NATO said a fifth soldier was killed in eastern Afghanistan but gave no nationality.

June is shaping up to be one of the deadliest months for U.S. troops in the nearly 9-year-old Afghan war. The deadliest month for U.S. troops in Afghanistan was last October, when 59 Americans died. In all, 52 international troops have been killed so far this month.

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