- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 11, 2009

SPAIN

1st goring death at Pamplona since ‘95

PAMPLONA | A charging bull fatally gored a young Spanish man Friday at Pamplona’s San Fermin festival, the first such fatality in nearly 15 years. Nine others were injured in a particularly dangerous and chaotic chapter of the running of the bulls.

Pamplona officials identified the man as Daniel Jimeno Romero, 27, from Alcala de Henares, outside Madrid. He was on vacation with his parents and girlfriend, who identified him.

The San Fermin festival Web site said he was gored in the neck and lung during a run in which a rogue bull named Capuchino separated from the pack.

Among those injured was a 61-year-old American who was struck in the chest and had internal bleeding in his lungs. His condition was not considered life threatening. The man was identified by his initials, E.P.S., but his full name was not released.

CHINA

400,000 flee homes after earthquake

BEIJING | More than 400,000 people fled their homes after an earthquake rocked southwestern China, killing one person and destroying thousands of houses, state media said Friday.

Thursday’s magnitude-6.0 temblor, centered in Yunnan province’s Yao’an county, injured 325 others, 24 seriously, the Xinhua news agency said.

Nine aftershocks followed Thursday’s quake, with the latest registering a 5.2-magnitude Friday evening, Xinhua said. There was no immediate report of casualties.

Xinhua reported about 18,000 homes were destroyed and another 75,000 damaged.

ISRAEL

Netanyahu aide favors splitting Golan

JERUSALEM | Israel will not withdraw from the entire Golan Heights in return for a peace deal with Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s top policy adviser said in an interview published Friday, rejecting Syria’s key demand for an agreement.

The two countries could split the territory, suggested Uzi Arad, Mr. Netanyahu’s national security adviser and the aide widely seen as closest to the prime minister. But in comments published in the daily Haaretz newspaper, he said Israel must remain on the Golan Heights to a depth of several miles and cannot withdraw in full even in return for a peace agreement.

Israel captured the Golan Heights in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed the territory in 1981, an action that was never internationally recognized. Syria has always maintained that peace will be possible only if Israel withdraws entirely from the Golan Heights.

LIBYA

Gadhafi presses dying agent’s case

L’AQUILA, Italy | Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi on Friday asked British Prime Minister Gordon Brown for help in the case of the dying former Libyan agent who is appealing a life sentence for the 1988 Lockerbie aircraft bombing.

The Scottish Appeal Court said this week the case would not be concluded until next year, raising concerns that 57-year-old Abdel Basset al-Megrahi — who has terminal prostate cancer — will die before the appeal finishes.

“The Libyans reiterated their longstanding position that they would like to see him go back to Libya. The prime minister made clear it was a matter for the Scottish government,” a spokesman for Mr. Brown told reporters at the Group of Eight summit in Italy, where the two leaders held bilateral talks, the first time they had met.

Mr. Brown said at a news conference after the summit that he had raised with Col. Gadhafi “unfinished business” involving British policewoman Yvonne Fletcher, 25, who died after being hit by shots fired from the Libyan Embassy during an anti-Gadhafi demonstration in 1984.

SOUTH KOREA

Thousands mourn ex-President Roh

SEOUL | Tens of thousands of South Koreans bade their final farewell Friday to former President Roh Moo-hyun, who leapt off a cliff to his death in May while facing corruption allegations.

A crowd estimated by police at 30,000 gathered as the former liberal leader’s ashes were buried on a hillside near his retirement home in Bongha village close to the southeast coast.

Mr. Roh, who held office from 2003 until 2008, took his own life on May 23. His dramatic death sparked a huge national outpouring of grief despite low popularity ratings toward the end of his term.

INDIA

Toxic brew toll rises to 112

AHMADABAD | Opposition leaders accused police of abetting bootlegging in western India, saying they were partly responsible for the recent deaths from illegally brewed poisonous liquor. The death toll rose to 112 on Friday.

Doctors from across Gujarat state have been rushed to Ahmadabad city to assist in the treatment of 150 people who have been hospitalized, police said.

Schools and colleges were shut in Ahmadabad on Friday after the opposition called for their closure in protest.

Most of the victims, who drank the tainted brew on Sunday, were slum dwellers. Ahmadabad is the biggest city in Gujarat, where the sale of all liquor is banned.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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