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Fire in mall kills 19, including 13 children

DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Qatar's Interior Ministry said 13 children were among 19 people killed in a fire that broke out in one of the country's fanciest shopping malls Monday, raising questions about building safety in the booming Gulf state.

At least some of the victims died as rescuers struggled to reach a child care center at the Villaggio mall in the capital, Doha, according to Qatar's minister of state for interior affairs, Sheik Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani.

Four of the children killed were Spanish citizens living in the small Arab emirate, the Spanish Foreign Ministry said.

Also, a 3-year-old French child was among the victims, the deputy minister for overseas French citizens, Yamina Benguigui, said in a statement.

"We tried our best, but when we got there, the children were trapped inside. We are very sorry for what happened. We tried as much as we could to save these people," Sheik Abdullah told reporters in Doha. Four teachers and two civil defense officials were among the dead, the Qatari ministry said on its official Twitter page.

Another 17 people were injured, including four children, according to authorities.



Emergency jet landing sprays debris on cars

TORONTO (AP) -- An Air Canada jet bound for Japan made an emergency landing in Toronto on Monday afternoon after an engine shut down shortly after takeoff from Pearson International Airport.

Police believe that chunks of metal that fell on cars near the airport came from the Air Canada Boeing 777 jetliner. Investigators know of four vehicles that were hit by pieces of metal about the size of a cellphone, said Peel regional police Constable George Tudos.

Witnesses reported seeing a plane with smoke coming from one of its engines shortly before police got calls about the falling debris, Tudos said.

The plane returned to Pearson and landed normally using one engine. Fitzpatrick said the cause of the engine shutdown was not immediately known.

Fitzpatrick said there were no injuries among the 318 passengers and 16 crew members aboard Flight AC001 bound for Tokyo's Narita airport.



2 from U.S. questioned in death of woman

TOKYO (AP) -- Police said Monday that two Americans are being questioned about an Irish woman's death in a Tokyo hotel.

Police officials said the exchange student, 21, had been strangled. Japanese media said the woman, her friend and the Americans met at a Nicki Minaj concert Thursday in Tokyo.

Police arrested James Jamari Blackston, 23, on suspicion of sexually molesting the victim's female friend in a taxi to the hotel.

The younger suspect was not named because he is a minor under Japanese law.