Series of strong earthquakes kills 3 in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia - A series of powerful earthquakes at dawn killed at least three people in remote eastern Indonesia on Sunday, cutting power lines and badly damaging buildings.

A 7.6-magnitude quake struck at 4:43 a.m. local time about 85 miles from Manokwari, Papua, at a depth of 22 miles, the U.S. Geological Agency said. It was followed by a strong 7.5 aftershock.

Three bodies were found including a 10-year-old girl, hospital director Hengky Tewu told The Associated Press.

'Her head was crushed. We have our ambulances picking up two more,' he said. Another 19 patients were treated for broken bones, cuts, crushed fingers and other injuries.

Papua police chief Maj. Gen. Bagus Ekodanto said he received reports that a hotel and rice warehouse had been 'destroyed,' but he did not know if anyone had died.

Opposition leader wins Ghana election

ACCRA, Ghana - Opposition leader John Atta Mills was declared Ghana's next president Saturday in a peaceful ballot that secured the West African nation's place as a beacon of democracy on a volatile continent.

Ghana also is now one of the few countries in Africa to successfully transfer power twice from one legitimately elected leader to another. It made the transition to a mature democracy after experiencing years of coups in the 1970s and 1980s, and even survived the closest presidential vote in its history with Atta Mills' win.

And significantly, in this election and the one in 2000, opposition leaders and not ruling party candidates won the presidency.

Opposition supporters thronged the streets after the announcement and jubilant drivers honked horns across the capital, Accra.

Ukraine: Serious gas shortages are possible

KIEV, Ukraine - A top Ukrainian official warned Saturday that European customers could see serious natural gas disruptions in about two weeks if the energy dispute between Russia and Ukraine is not resolved, and the Russian gas monopoly Gazprom accused Ukraine of boycotting contract negotiations.

As Russia and Ukraine traded accusations in their bitter dispute over energy prices, four European nations - Romania, Hungary, Poland and Bulgaria - all reported supply drops in natural gas Saturday.

Gazprom cut off gas shipments to Ukraine on Thursday.