14 drown in Pak

MULTAN: At least 14 people were drowned on Monday when a rescue boat evacuating flood affected people to safer places capsized in central Pakistan, officials said. Twelve bodies have been recovered, local police chief Anis Lodhi said. — AFP

Four prisoners escape

KABUL: Four detainees escaped a heavily fortified jail at the Bagram Air Base, north of the capital Kabul, on Monday, US armed forces said. — AFP

Soldier’s body found

KABUL: The body of a missing US commando has been located in eastern Afghanistan, the military said on Monday, bringing an end to the desperate search for the last member of an ill-fated, four-man special forces unit that disappeared last month. One of the four men was rescued on July 3, and the other two were found dead the next day. — AP

Team to survey areas

AHMEDABAD: A central government team arrived in this Gujarat town on Monday morning to survey flood-hit regions in the state. The 13-member team met senior state government officials before starting its visit. — HNS

Rice in Thailand

BAN BANG SAK: US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice examined post-tsunami reconstruction efforts in Thailand on Monday, and witnessed progress amid flattened homes left by the December 26 tragedy. — AP