- The Washington Times - Monday, January 8, 2007

CANADA

Vancouver woman has sextuplets

MONTREAL — A woman in Vancouver, Canada’s westernmost metropolis, gave birth to sextuplets over the weekend, the Province newspaper reported yesterday. “They are very tiny, but all six are alive,” an unnamed source told the paper.

Health officials would neither confirm nor deny the report, citing a Canadian law that protects patients’ privacy. The Province said the births were premature, at 6 months. The first baby was delivered naturally without complications, but the mother underwent a Caesarean section to deliver the others.

Each baby weighed about 1 pounds, the paper said.

NICARAGUA

Ortega becomes president tomorrow

QUILALI — When the jagged hills around his remote village bristled with mines and guns in the 1980s, ex-Contra rebel leader Alex Talavera risked death daily trying to topple Daniel Ortega’s Marxist government.

But when Mr. Ortega, 61, returns as president tomorrow after his November election victory, Mr. Talavera, 40, is willing to give him a chance. “He was very young when he came to power,” Mr. Talavera said at his coffee farm here on the border with Honduras, a stronghold of U.S.-backed Contras during the 1979-90 Sandinista rule. “We should give him the benefit of the doubt.”

CHILE

WiFi town provides free Internet access

SALAMANCA — Seated on a bench outside his home in a small town in central Chile, Juan Barraza, 16, clicks on a Web browser and watches as an Internet page appears on the screen of his laptop.

No cables connect his computer to a phone line, and neither Juan nor his family subscribe to a wireless Internet service, but the teenager is one of 12,500 people living in Salamanca, which became Chile’s first WiFi town in September, and he has free access to cyberspace 24 hours a day, whether at home, in the town square or in a park.

Weekly notes …

Taiwanese leader Chen Shui-bian left yesterday for the United States en route to Nicaragua. China has accused Mr. Chen of planning a stopover in the United States to bolster Taiwanese independence forces and sabotage Chinese-U.S. ties. Mr. Chen said before boarding his plane at the Taoyuan airport that Taiwan would ensure that other nations understand that the rivals “are two separate countries which do not belong to each other.” … The United Nations asked yesterday for $98 million to help Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, achieve stability after its first election since the 2004 ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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