- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 14, 2000

Alpine rescuers removing bodies

KAPRUN, Austria Helicopters hoisted body bags yesterday from the site of a cable-car inferno while investigators trying to identify the 159 victims collected toothbrushes and razor blades in hopes of finding DNA samples that matched the bodies.

The intensity of the fire left the bodies badly charred, and even tattoos and scars could no longer be seen, said chief forensic pathologist Edith Tutsch-Bauer.

The U.S. military said three soldiers and five American military dependents who made a ski outing over the long Veteran's Day weekend were missing and presumed dead in the Austrian cable-car accident.

Britain defeats bid to lower age of consent

LONDON The government was defeated for a third time in the House of Lords yesterday in its bid to lower the age of consent for homosexuals from 18 to 16.

Lawmakers in the more powerful House of Commons had overwhelmingly approved the plan earlier this year, but the Lords rejected the motion by 205 to 144.

Doctors lengthen legs of would-be air hostess

LONDON British doctors yesterday defended their decision to stretch the legs of a 16-year-old girl who was too short to realize her dream of becoming an air hostess.

There was criticism of the operation in the press, which said the $17,000 surgery was unnecessary and caused the girl, Emma Richards, suffering for no good reason.

The operation involved breaking both her femurs and inserting metal plates. These were then attached to a metal frame that allowed her legs to be stretched a few fractions of an inch every day over several months.

White farms occupied by blacks in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe Government officials moved thousands of landless blacks onto white-owned farms over the weekend, despite a Supreme Court order banning the resettlements, farmers said yesterday.

The government has promised to confiscate without compensation 3,000 white-owned farms, divide them up and give them to landless blacks. But the Supreme Court ruled Friday that rapid, unplanned resettlement was illegal because it did not meet the terms of land-reform laws passed by the ruling party in April.

Cold weather kills 10 persons in Moscow

MOSCOW Ten persons died of hypothermia in the Russian capital last week, bringing to 21 the number of persons who have frozen to death this fall, an emergency services official said yesterday.

Seventy-five other persons were hospitalized with cold-related illnesses, said Igor Elkis, chief doctor at Moscow's ambulance service. Nighttime temperatures hovered around freezing last week.

Bear kills boy at Kyrgyztan zoo

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan A bear attacked and killed a 7-year-old boy who tried to feed the animal a piece of cabbage through its cage at the city zoo, a police official said yesterday.

The death occurred Saturday when a zoo keeper let the boy and three other children wander unsupervised around the newly built zoo, which had not yet officially opened, a police spokesman said.

Toddlers' killers seek guaranteed anonymity

LONDON Two young men who were 10 years old when they tortured and killed a toddler in 1993 must be guaranteed anonymity when they are released from a secure children's home, their lawyers argued yesterday.

Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, now 18, hope to win parole within months following a ruling in October by the lord chief justice that they have served the minimum term necessary.

The pair, who were tried as adults, received life sentences for the murder of 2-year-old James Bulger, who was led away from a shopping mall near Liverpool, tormented and beaten to death.

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