World briefs – May 14

Uganda’s parliament adjourned Friday without acting on a criticized anti-gay bill that would mandate the death sentence in some cases, drawing praise from an advocacy group that said parliament’s failure to act was a “victory for all Ugandans.”

No vote in Uganda on anti-gay bill

KAMPALA, Uganda — Uganda’s parliament adjourned Friday without acting on a criticized anti-gay bill that would mandate the death sentence in some cases, drawing praise from an advocacy group that said parliament’s failure to act was a “victory for all Ugandans.”

Speaker of Parliament Edward Ssekandi Kiwanuk said there is no time to take up the bill this session, which ends Wednesday, leaving the bill’s future uncertain. Kiwanuk adjourned the parliament Friday and set no date for the body to return.

The bill has drawn criticism from U.S. leaders and human rights groups. The U.S. State Department spokesman on Wednesday called the bill “odious” and said no changes to the bill’s wording would justify its passage.

Avaaz, an Internet group that champions action on issues like poverty and climate change, called it a “victory for all Ugandans and people across the world who value human rights” that parliament did not take action Friday.

“David Bahati, who authored the bill, has said that if the anti-gay bill was not voted on this session, he would try to move the legislation forward next session.


Fired cashier blamed for bomb

BEIJING — A bank cashier fired for stealing money threw a gasoline bomb inside the bank in northwestern China on Friday, injuring dozens of people, some of whom jumped from a fifth-story window to escape, the local government said.

The suspect, Yang Xianwen, fled but was caught by police about nine hours later a short distance away, the government said.

Employees of the Tianzhu County Rural Credit Cooperative Union were meeting at about 8 a.m. when Yang threw the gasoline bomb, the propaganda office of the county’s Communist Party said in a statement.

It said more than 40 people were hurt, 19 seriously. It said some of the injured jumped from the meeting room window onto a three-story building.

The statement said Yang was fired last month for embezzling bank money.