- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 4, 2001

Europe checks safety after French blast

STRASBOURG, France The European Parliament called yesterday for a full list of all dangerous industrial sites in 15 EU member states in the wake of a blast at a French chemical plant that killed 29 persons and injured 2,500.

In a resolution, it asked the European Commission to draft, within three months, a list of "sites of concern" with the potential to match the disaster that struck the plant at Toulouse on Sept. 21.


Six killed, 10 injured in Mexico prison riot

MEXICO CITY Six inmates were killed and 10 injured during a prison riot in an overcrowded jail in northern Mexico, authorities have said.

Some 120 inmates at the prison in Nogales, on the Mexican-U.S. border in the northern state of Sonora, rioted Tuesday morning, Sonora Interior Minister Oscar Lopez Vucovich said.

After dozens of police managed to contain the violence they found the bodies of six prisoners, all with puncture wounds, he said.


Venezuela inmates stitch lips in hunger strike

CARACAS, Venezuela A group of Venezuelan prisoners stitched their lips together as part of a protest hunger strike to press their demands to be transferred to another wing of their prison, authorities said yesterday.

"They just used a few stitches, it was very superficial," Prison Services Director Gen. Fabio Figueredeo said.

Venezuela's 25 prisons are considered by human rights groups to be among the worst in the world. Deaths and injuries, usually the result of gang fights, are common.


Fox set to meet Bush for talks

TIJUANA, Mexico President Vicente Fox is scheduled to meet President Bush in Washington today to underscore Mexico's solidarity with its neighbor after last month's attacks on America.

Mr. Fox plans to express his condolences on the first visit of a Latin American leader since the attacks. The White House said Mr. Fox, who has a close relationship with Mr. Bush, would "underscore personally Mexico's solidarity and steadfast support."


Polish left nears coalition rule

WARSAW Poland's ex-communist Democratic Left Alliance advanced toward forming a coalition government with the Polish Peasants' Party yesterday after leaders agreed on a broad rescue strategy for next year's budget.

Both parties said chances of reviving the partnership that ruled Poland in the mid-1990s had increased after nearly resolving disputes over budget-austerity measures.

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