Rescue teams in Peru's shattered earthquake zone headed home on Monday as search operations were replaced by stepped-up aid efforts and security patrols against looters. Wednesday's powerful 8,0-magnitude temblor killed at least 503 people, and the final toll "could reach 540", civil defence officials said. About 1 600 people were injured.
Nearly 900 vehicles were torched and 250-plus people arrested on Saturday as French police desperately battled the country's worst rioting for decades, which has now raged for nine consecutive nights. Again, the bulk of the violence hit deprived suburbs with large immigrant populations on the fringes of Paris, although rioting again spread to several cities elsewhere in France.