1 dead, 13 hurt in Venice Beach lightning strike
Lifeguards rush to help a man struck by lightning at Venice Beach in Los Angeles on Sunday.Officials say a 20-year-old man died and at least 13 others were hurt when the bolt of lightning struck without warning.
SOUNDBITE: NED WALKER, WITNESS, SAYING: "Freakiest part about it there was clear blue sky overhead." Witnesses say it happened so suddenly lifeguards didn't even have time to warn people on the beach.
SOUNDBITE: UNIDENTIFIED WITNESS, SAYING: "It's just insane that lighting would just crashon the beach, right there, right in front of us…the loudest lighting I've ever heard."
Officials say all the victims were in the water or very close to it when the lightning struck.Paul Dionne was bodysurfing when he felt the jolt.
SOUNDBITE: PAUL DIONNE, STRUCK BY LIGHTNING, SAYING: "I was trying to get my head above the water for air." Luckily Dionne recovered and was quickly released from hospital, but the the 20 year old man never regained conciousness. Another person is in critical condition.
Pakistanis celebrate Eid amid heightened security
Security was tight as the faithful crowded mosques for Eid prayers. (natsot) Karachi is on alert, amid fears of a possible attack by Taliban militants -- angered by the on-going military offensive in their North Waziristan stronghold. But here,
worshippers celebrating the end of Ramadan, seemed unconcerned.
(SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) KARACHI SHOP OWNER, MOHAMMAD SADIQ, SAYING: "The security arrangements were really very impressive. Thank Allah, we offered our prayers without any fear or security concerns. "
With roads blocked in the surrounding area, familes and children felt free to celebrate. (natsot) Overall, for worshippers in an often turbulent city, it was a day of peace. .
Karzai calls on Taliban to put down arms
An Honor Guard as Afghan President Hamid Karzai marks Eid al-Fitr. He wishes for peace at a time when the war is inflicting an increasingly devastating toll on civilians, with the number of
casualties rising by almost a quarter in the first half of this year. He wants the Taliban to put down their weapons.
(SOUND BITE) (Pashto) AFGHAN PRESIDENT, HAMID KARZAI SAYING: "I call on Taliban leaders to stop fighting in the country. Join the peace and live with pride and prosperity along with your brothers."
U.S.-led forces are gradually withdrawing from the country after more than a decade of war contributing to deteriorating security, with civilians bearing the brunt of the violence.