World briefs

Pakistan

Picnickers drown at Karachi beach

KARACHI — Pakistani police said at least 12 people, including women and children, have drowned at a beach near the port city of Karachi after being swept away by strong waves in the Arabian sea. Police said two people drowned Saturday after enjoying a picnic at the beach, and the others died trying to rescue them.

Kosovo

Haradinaj is new prime minister

PRISTINA — Ramush Haradinaj has been voted the country’s new premier. Parliament on Saturday voted 61 in favor and one abstention to choose Haradinaj, 49, who is also the leader of the center-right Alliance for the Future of Kosovo party.

Haradinaj previously served as prime minister from December 2004 to March 2005 before resigning to face a U.N. tribunal for his role as a former leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army in Kosovo’s 1998-1999 war for independence from Serbia. He was cleared. Serbia, however, still regards him as a war criminal.

Italy

Officers accused of raping US students

ROME — Italy’s Carabinieri paramilitary police corps has suspended on a precautionary basis two policemen who allegedly raped two American students in Florence while on duty.

The women told authorities that the police, in uniform, drove them home from a disco early Thursday morning because they couldn’t find a taxi, then raped them inside their apartment building. Investigators are awaiting DNA test results.

Besides the rape allegations, the policemen risk charges for driving the women home without informing their superiors.