- The Washington Times - Monday, December 4, 2000

Death toll reaches 46 in train wreck

NEW DELHI Railroad workers using blowtorches and cranes to remove the wreckage of two trains that collided in northwestern India found six more bodies under the debris yesterday, bringing the death toll to 46, a news agency said.

Rescue workers continued to cut through the mangled remains of the coaches a day after the Amritsar-bound Howrah Mail Express collided with a freight train in dense fog at Sarai Banjara, a small town in the state of Punjab.

Forty-six bodies had been found and taken to nearby hospitals, United News of India reported. Another 150 people were injured in the pre-dawn collision.

Mutant vaccine causes at least 3 polio cases

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic A mutated polio vaccine has infected at least three people in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, causing the first outbreak of the disease in the Western Hemisphere since 1991, the Pan American Health Organization said.

The outbreak "has raised serious concerns" because it has been traced to the same oral vaccine that experts have used to eliminate the disease in many countries, said a statement released Saturday by the organization, which is a part of the Washington-based Organization of American States.

But it said that the standard vaccine appears to work against the mutated strain, and that its experts are helping organize vaccination efforts in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Iraq to resume exports of oil until January

BAGHDAD Iraq said yesterday it would resume its oil exports to fulfill its existing contracts, backing away from a halt it called two days earlier in a dispute with the United Nations over pricing.

Iraq, the third-largest producer in OPEC, stopped production Friday, blaming U.N. refusal to authorize a new payment arrangement for exports under the oil-for-food program.

The halt, however, did not disrupt oil markets as many had feared. The United States has said it would tap its reserves to counter any Iraqi deficit and Saudi Arabia by far OPEC's largest producer hinted it could do the same, citing the need to keep the market stable.

Ivoirian opposition plans to march

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast Ivory Coast's opposition Rally of the Republicans (RDR) plans to press ahead with a protest march today despite a government ban, setting the stage for a potentially explosive political showdown.

The move comes little more than a month after more than 170 people, many of them supporters of RDR leader Alassane Ouattara, were killed in violence following a presidential election that saw Socialist Laurent Gbagbo defeat army leader Robert Guei.

Right wing suffers election setback

VIENNA, Austria The far-right Freedom Party lost ground in Austria's poorest region in a provincial election yesterday, the second poll test in six weeks that indicated its popularity has suffered since it entered national government.

It was only the second time since September 1986, just after populist firebrand Joerg Haider became Freedom Party leader, that the anti-immigration group failed to increase its share of the vote.

Judge's body found after disappearance

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia The body of a prominent Belgrade judge who went missing nearly a month ago was found yesterday in the Sava River, the Tanjug news agency reported.

The disappearance of Nebojsa Simeunovic, an investigative judge in the Belgrade District Court, triggered speculation that he was abducted by loyalists of former President Slobodan Milosevic.

Police said they had no evidence that Mr. Simeunovic had been kidnapped but would not rule out the possibility. Mr. Simeunovic had worked on a number of high-profile cases in his 20-year career.

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