WORLD IN BRIEF: Woman swept over Niagara Falls in Canada

NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario — A 19-year-old Japanese student was swept over Niagara Falls and presumed drowned after falling from a railing along the Canadian side of the Niagara River, Niagara Parks Police said Monday.

The woman was visiting the falls with a friend at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday when she climbed over the railing and straddled it while holding an umbrella. The woman apparently lost her balance and fell into the water when she stood up to climb back over, police said. She fell into the swift-moving river about 80 feet upstream from the brink of the Horseshoe Falls.

Cameron: UK must reverse ‘moral collapse’

LONDON — Britain must confront a culture of laziness, irresponsibility and selfishness that fueled four days of riots which left five people dead, thousands facing criminal charges and hundreds of millions in damages, Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledged Monday.

As rival political leaders staked out their response to England’s unrest, Cameron pledged to deliver a raft of new policies by October aimed at reversing the “slow-motion moral collapse” which he blames for fostering the disorder.

“This has been a wake-up call for our country. Social problems that have been festering for decades have exploded in our face,” Cameron told an audience at a youth center in Witney, his Parliamentary district in southern England.

Grenade attack in Mexico kills 1

VERACRUZ, Mexico — A grenade tossed onto a busy tourist boulevard in the Gulf coast city of Veracruz killed one man and seriously wounded a woman and her two young daughters, authorities said Monday.

The office of Veracruz state Gov. Javier Duarte said the victims were Mexican tourists from another city, but did not specify their hometowns.

The mother, 38, and her daughters — one 5 and the other only a few months old — were in intensive care. The state Public Health Department said the woman suffered “damage to vital organs” and the two girls needed surgery.

They were felled by an explosion that shattered the calm of a Sunday outing on a thoroughfare leading to the city’s beach. The boulevard is lined with restaurants and shops selling beach wear and was crowded with strollers.

The government statement said gunmen fleeing police tossed the grenade from their car, apparently to stop police from pursuing them, a tactic that has been documented in the past by Mexico’s drug gangs.

The navy reported Sunday that six of its personnel appeared to have been kidnapped by drug gangs.