- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 4, 2006

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Emir of Dubai dies in Australia

DUBAI — The emir of Dubai, Sheik Maktoum bin Rashid al Maktoum, one of the world’s most prominent owners and breeders of thoroughbred horses, died yesterday during a visit to Australia. He was 62.

Sheik Maktoum, who also was vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, died at the exclusive Palazzo Versace hotel on the Gold Coast, a resort in eastern Queensland state.

Authorities in Dubai would not give a cause of death. Australian police would only say the emir did not die of suspicious causes. Australian press speculated that Sheik Maktoum died of a heart attack.

The emir immediately was succeeded by his younger brother, the crown prince, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, who is the defense minister of the United Arab Emirates. The new emir is known as the intellectual architect of Dubai’s building boom.

ITALY

Man who arrested Mussolini dies at 81

ROME — Urbano Lazzaro, a resistance fighter credited with arresting fascist dictator Benito Mussolini at the end of World War II, has died at age 81, officials said yesterday.

Mr. Lazzaro died Tuesday after being hospitalized in Vercelli, a town between Milan and Turin, officials at St. Andrea hospital said.

Mr. Lazzaro, known to his comrades as “Partisan Bill,” fought with a communist resistance group in Northern Italy. In April 1945, with Nazi forces in full retreat and Italians rising up against the fascist puppet state of Salo, Mussolini fled north in a German convoy. Mr. Lazzaro recognized “Il Duce” disguised as a German soldier.

GERMANY

Last victim pulled from collapsed rink

BAD REICHENHALL — Rescue workers early today recovered the body of a woman thought to be the last person missing in the ruins of a skating rink in this Bavarian resort town, bringing the number of dead to 15.

Somber rescuers yesterday had recovered the bodies of three children, all of whom appeared to have been killed upon impact when the roof collapsed after a heavy snowfall Monday.

MEXICO

Strong quake strikes off Baja California

MEXICO CITY — A strong earthquake struck undersea early yesterday off Baja California, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The 6.7-magnitude quake struck about 2:32 a.m. local time and was centered about 55 miles northeast of Santa Rosalia, Baja California, the USGS said. It was about six miles below the Sea of Cortez, also known as the Gulf of California, according to the USGS’s National Earthquake Center in Golden, Colo.

INDONESIA

Landslide buries village; toll 190

CIJERUK — A landslide caused by days of pounding rain buried a small village beneath tons of mud and rock yesterday, bringing the number of dead or missing from days of wet weather in central Indonesia to more than 190, officials said.

The landslide sent mud, rocks and trees cascading onto the Java island village of Cijeruk before dawn, when many residents were still asleep or were praying at the local mosque. Officials said 14 bodies had been recovered and about 100 more residents were missing and feared dead in the village, about 210 miles east of the capital, Jakarta.

PAKISTAN

Militant linked to bid on leader’s life held

LAHORE — Pakistani security forces have arrested a leading Sunni Muslim militant accused of involvement in two failed assassination attempts on President Pervez Musharraf, a security official said yesterday.

Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum, of the outlawed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant group, was arrested in late December in the eastern city of Lahore, said an intelligence official.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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