- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 9, 2004

BRITAIN

Slain hostage’s wife asks for privacy

BANGKOK — The Thai wife of British hostage Kenneth Bigley, who was beheaded by militants in Iraq, appealed yesterday for privacy to mourn her husband’s death.

Sombat Bigley had expressed hope last month for her husband’s safe release after British authorities distributed leaflets in the Iraqi capital Baghdad seeking his freedom.

“No words can express the agony I feel for the loss of my husband, Ken. He was a good man and a loving, caring husband,” she said in a short statement issued through the British Embassy in Bangkok.

Mrs. Bigley, 35, was married to Mr. Bigley for seven years. She lives on their rice and mango farm in the northeastern province of Surin.

FRANCE

PHILOSOPHER DERRIDA DIES AT 74 IN PARIS

PARIS — WORLD RENOWNED THINKER JACQUES DERRIDA, A FOUNDER OF THE SCHOOL OF PHILOSOPHY KNOWN AS DECONSTRUCTIONISM, HAS DIED, THE OFFICE OF FRENCH PRESIDENT JACQUES CHIRAC SAID YESTERDAY. MR. DERRIDA WAS 74.

MR. DERRIDA DIED AT A PARIS HOSPITAL OF PANCREATIC CANCER, THE TELEVISION STATION LCI REPORTED.

THE SNOWY-HAIRED FRENCH INTELLECTUAL TAUGHT, AND THOUGHT, AT UNIVERSITIES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ATLANTIC, AND HIS WORKS WERE TRANSLATED AROUND THE WORLD.

“WITH HIM, FRANCE HAS GIVEN THE WORLD ONE OF ITS GREATEST CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHERS, ONE OF THE MAJOR FIGURES OF INTELLECTUAL LIFE OF OUR TIME,” MR. CHIRAC SAID.

RUSSIA

ICE CREAM NAMED AFTER DRUGS BANNED

ROSTOV-ON-DON — WHATEVER HAPPENED TO CHOCOLATE, VANILLA AND STRAWBERRY?

A COURT IN SOUTHERN RUSSIA HAS BANNED THE SALE OF UKRAINIAN ICE CREAM THAT HIT THE SHELVES UNDER NAMES ALLUDING TO DRUGS, SUCH AS “YOUR HEMP DOSE” AND “POPPY FUN,” A DRUG CONTROL OFFICIAL SAID FRIDAY.

NARCOTICS OFFICERS IN THE CITY OF ROSTOV-ON-DON FILED SUIT AFTER NOTICING THE ICE CREAM IN KIOSKS, AND A DISTRICT COURT ORDERED THE PRODUCT REMOVED FROM ALL SHOPS AND OTHER POINTS OF SALE IN THE REGION, SAID LARISA MASLOVA, SPOKESWOMAN FOR THE ROSTOV REGION DRUG CONTROL DEPARTMENT.

TESTS REVEALED NO ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES IN THE ICE CREAM.

FRANCE

VOTERS SNUB TURKEY’SBID FOR EU ADMISSION

PARIS — FRANCE WOULD SUPPORT THE PROPOSED EU CONSTITUTION, IF A REFERENDUM WERE HELD THIS WEEK, BUT WOULD OPPOSE TURKEY’S BID TO JOIN THE EUROPEAN UNION, AN OPINION POLL REVEALED YESTERDAY.

ABOUT 62 PERCENT OF FRENCH VOTERS WHO RESPONDED TO THE POLL WERE IN FAVOR OF RATIFYING THE CONSTITUTION, ADOPTED BY EU LEADERS IN BRUSSELS IN JUNE, ACCORDING TO THE POLL BY THE BVA INSTITUTE. AN ALMOST EQUAL NUMBER, 61 PERCENT, HOWEVER, OPPOSED EU MEMBERSHIP FOR TURKEY.

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