- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 7, 2000

37 feared dead as boat capsizes

KAMPALA, Uganda Thirty-seven persons were feared dead after their boat capsized on Lake Albert in northwest Uganda, police said yesterday.

Police spokesman John Kimera said the boat, carrying at least 50 passengers, capsized Monday night.

"Thirty-seven are feared dead, 13 of the passengers were rescued and 15 bodies have so far been recovered," Mr. Kimera said.

The accident was the second disaster on Lake Albert this year. At least 40 persons died in February when their boat hit a jetty and sank.

U.S. edges Singapore as most competitive

GENEVA The United States has become the world's most competitive nation, knocking Singapore out of the top spot, according to a survey scheduled for release today.

The 333-page report, prepared by Harvard University professors Jeffrey Sachs, Michael Porter and Andrew Warner and the World Economic Forum of Geneva, aims to predict which countries are more likely to have a high rate of economic growth.

The authors said countries scored well if they were judged to be innovative and effective users of technology, had high rates of saving and investment, and were well integrated in the world economy.

Singapore, now second, has led the list in the previous four years that the report has been published.

3 in Falun Gong die in detention

HONG KONG Three members of the Falun Gong spiritual movement have died in recent months after ill treatment during detention in China, a Hong Kong-based human rights group said yesterday.

Falun Gong, which combines meditation with a doctrine rooted loosely in Buddhist and Taoist teachings, is banned in China.

The Information Center for Human Rights & Democracy said in a statement that one of the victims was Liu Yufeng, a 64-year-old retiree in the eastern Shandong province.

Cyanide is studied as cancer killer

LONDON British scientists said yesterday they may have found a way to use the poison cyanide as a powerful new killer of cancer.

Researchers at London's Imperial College told a science meeting they had harnessed a cyanide-generating system used by plants as a defense against insects and believed the mechanism could be developed to produce anti-cancer drugs.

So far the system has only been tried in the test tube, and the biotech firm funding the work, Antisoma PLC, said it had not yet decided whether to take the idea forward into drug development.

6 hostages promised release in Philippines

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines Six Europeans held hostage for months in a southern Philippine jungle will be freed tomorrow, their Muslim rebel captors said.

Their release would leave one foreigner an American and 12 Filipinos in the hands of the Abu Sayyaf rebels.

Rebel commander Ghalib "Robot" Andang telephoned negotiators to notify them of the date of the Europeans' release, chief government negotiator Robert Aventajado said.

Deadly riots follow slum fire in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya Two persons were feared dead when vendors clashed with police after a huge fire gutted a market in a slum district of the Kenyan capital, witnesses said.

A woman died in unexplained circumstances in the fracas at the market for secondhand clothes, shoes and other imported goods, a reporter for independent Nation radio said, quoting witnesses at the scene.

A man was said by some witnesses to have been shot and killed by police at night on suspicion of looting as firemen and Kenyan air force personnel sought to control the blaze.

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