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WORLD IN BRIEF: 5-story building collapses after gas explosion

5-story building collapses after gas explosion

LIEGE, Belgium — A five-story apartment building caught fire and collapsed Wednesday after an apparent gas explosion, killing one person and injuring at least 21 people, including a teenager rescued from the rubble, an official said.

The blast occurred at about 2 a.m. and firefighters were still digging through the wreckage on Wednesday night looking for other survivors, officials said.

‘‘There are still three people missing. This is the minimum that we know of, but the total can still rise,'' Belgian Interior Minister Annemie Turtelboom told VRT radio. She declined to identify the body pulled from the wreckage until the victim's family had been notified.

Al-Qaida group claims blasts in Baghdad

BAGHDAD — An al-Qaida front group in Iraq claimed Wednesday it carried out the deadly bombings against Baghdad hotels earlier this week, boasting how its suicide bombers could breach the extensive Iraqi security, and that even deadlier attacks were to come.

The same group, the Islamic State of Iraq, has claimed responsibility for three previous waves of coordinated bombings in Baghdad going back to August. The attacks have hit government offices or high-profile sites in the Iraqi capital.

In a statement posted Wednesday on a militant Web site, the al-Qaida group claimed responsibility for the triple suicide blasts on Monday that targeted three hotels favored by Western journalists and security contractors. At least 41 people were killed.

Stranded tourists say supplies are scarce

LIMA, Peru — Tourists visiting Peru's famed Machu Picchu citadel said Wednesday they lack enough food, water and shelter and are at the mercy of price-gougers three days after mudslides trapped them in a nearby village.

The visitors complained that restaurants are inflating their prices, and many have slept in Machu Picchu Pueblo's train station or in the central plaza after they ran out of money or the hostels ran out of space.

‘‘It's chaos. We don't have food, we don't have water, we don't have blankets, we can't communicate and the police lack an evacuation plan to put us at ease,'' Argentine tourist Alicia Casas told Lima's Canal N TV station.

— From wire reports