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Offices gutted in Athens arson

A government building in Athens was gutted in an arson attack this morning.

The offices are used by the Greek government's public sector reform Ministry.

Police said small cooking gas canisters were used to make the device used in the attack, adding that there was no warning or immediate claim of responsibility.

Arson and minor bomb attacks are now common in Athens, and mostly carried out by anarchist groups who target banks and government property.

Tourist dies in

hotel inferno

A French tourist has been killed in a fire that engulfed an illegally operated budget hotel in one of Bangkok's main tourist districts.

Thailand police say the fire started at a bar on the ground floor of a three-story building in the city's Khao San Road neighbourhood, an area popular with backpackers and budget travellers.

Five tourists escaped but a 27-year-old Frenchman was found burned to death.

China tightens

its food rules

CHINA plans to ban people convicted of food-safety crimes from investing in and operating related businesses in a new crackdown.

The country will tighten rules on the use of edible additives in the catering industry, and crack down on the illegal use of inedible substances and mislabelling of production and sell-by dates, in the proposed new laws.

The crackdown follows the tainted milk scandal which killed young children.

Suicide blast kills 38 people

A suicide car bomber killed 38 people on a busy road after apparently turning away from attacking Nigerian churches holding Easter services.

The blast struck Kaduna, the capital of Kaduna state, leaving charred motorcycles and debris strewn across a major road in the city where many gather to eat at informal restaurants and buy black market gasoline.

Nearby hotels and homes had their windows blown out and roofs torn away by the force of the power- ful explosion, which engulfed motorcycle taximen.