- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 25, 2004

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Floods leave 100 dead

SANTO DOMINGO — Floods unleashed by torrential rains killed at least 100 persons in the Dominican Republic as rivers rushed over their banks and swept over hundreds of homes, the nation’s emergency director said yesterday.

Most of the deaths occurred in Jimani near the Haitian border after a river flooded part of the western town.

MALAWI

President sworn in amid riots

BLANTYRE — At least one person was fatally shot by police as protesters challenged the victory of Bingu wa Mutharika, who was sworn in as president yesterday after a chaotic election criticized by foreign observers.

Eleven persons with gunshot wounds were admitted to Blantyre’s Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and one died on arrival.

FRANCE

New cracking spurs evacuation at airport

ROISSY — New cracking sounds forced the evacuation yesterday of the futuristic terminal at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle International Airport a day after a roof collapse killed four travelers.

The scare came as officials said they were considering scrapping the entire Air France Terminal 2E after a 98-foot section of the steel, concrete and glass roof caved in Sunday. The terminal is closed indefinitely.

Authorities initially thought five persons were killed in the collapse, after sniffer dogs led searchers to mistakenly count an extra victim in the wreckage.

ITALY

Michelangelo’s ‘David’ gets a cleaning

FLORENCE — Michelangelo’s “David” is brighter but hardly spotless after the completion yesterday of a cleaning timed for the 500th birthday of one of the marvels of world art.

Work resumed in September after an aborted start when the original restorer quit in a dispute over how the statue should be cleaned, sparking alarm from restoration watchdogs abroad.

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