- The Washington Times - Monday, January 30, 2006

BRAZIL

Infant survives attempted homicide

RIO DE JANEIRO — Dozens of people mobbed a hospital in southeastern Brazil yesterday hoping to adopt or just catch a glimpse of a 2-month-old girl found abandoned in a plastic bag floating in a lake.

Odilon Behrens Municipal Hospital received more than 100 offers to adopt the infant, a hospital spokeswoman said. Authorities said the baby had left the same hospital hours before its rescue at the lake.

Crowds have mobbed the hospital in Belo Horizonte, about 300 miles north of Rio, since the infant’s rescue Saturday was filmed by an amateur video cameraman and broadcast on international television. Minas Gerais state police said the mother, arrested Sunday, was charged with attempted homicide for putting the baby in the plastic bag, setting it on a board and pushing it into the lake.

VENEZUELA

Chavez opposes attack on Iran

CARACAS — A gathering of anti-globalization activists ended with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warning that a U.S. attack on Iran would be “10 times worse than Iraq” and saying: “Down with the U.S. empire!”

Fiery speeches by Mr. Chavez totaling seven hours Sunday closed the six-day World Social Forum, and Mr. Chavez used the event for some of his strongest comments aimed at the Bush administration.

MEXICO

4 Iraqis arrested trying to reach U.S.

MEXICO CITY — Mexican federal agents have arrested four Iraqis trying to sneak into the United States without proper documents, the government said yesterday.

Wasim Francis Schamoun and Ivan Yalda, both 23, and Refon Chlil Oraha and Thaer Salem Yelda, both 27, were found on a bus in the northern city of Navojoa after police received an anonymous tip. The attorney general’s office said the Iraqis were in Mexico illegally.

Weekly notes …

The eldest daughter of Peruvian ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet was released on bail yesterday in a tax-evasion case, two days after she returned home and withdrew a bid for political asylum in the United States, where she hoped to avoid tax charges. A Santiago appeals court freed Lucia Pinochet Hiriart on $6,000 bail, court officials said. Prosecutors are investigating accusations Gen. Pinochet and his family hid millions of dollars outside Chile. … A half-ton bull named “Little Bird” flew into Mexico’s history books by leaping into a packed crowd of bullfight fans and injuring seven in a panicked frenzy. The rampaging bull — named “Pajarito,” meaning “Little Bird” — gored one woman, who was hospitalized with a 6-inch gash in her chest. Several other people were injured before a bullfighter slew the bull with his sword.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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