- - Thursday, November 10, 2011


Quake kills at least 10, topples two hotels

VAN | A Japanese aid worker was among 10 people killed by a second earthquake in eastern Turkey, and angry residents protested Thursday that authorities should have closed down two collapsed hotels that were damaged by the first temblor.

Riot police used pepper spray to halt the protests.

The demonstration erupted as rescue workers with pickaxes and earthmovers searched for survivors of Wednesday night’s quake, which hit the same region rocked by an Oct. 23 temblor that left 600 people dead in the eastern province of Van.

Nearly 30 people were pulled from the rubble in the provincial capital, also called Van, as frantic rescue efforts began Wednesday evening and lasted through the night under high-powered lights.

All 10 fatalities occurred in the two collapsed hotels.

Van’s most prominent hotel, the five-story Bayram Hotel, survived last month’s 7.2-magnitude quake with some cracks and a damaged elevator. But it toppled in the new, 5.7-magnitude quake, trapping an unknown number of people under tons of concrete and twisted metal.


New premier vows to stick with euro

ATHENS | Senior banker Lucas Papademos on thursday was appointed prime minister of an interim Greek unity government that seeks to cement a European debt deal and stave off national bankruptcy.

Chosen after four tortuous days of power-sharing talks, Mr. Papademos immediately promised to seek cross-party cooperation to keep Greece firmly in the 17-nation eurozone.

The 64-year-old former vice president of the European Central Bank will lead a government backed by the governing Socialists and the opposition conservatives that will operate until early elections, tentatively set for February. He replaces outgoing Prime Minister George Papandreou midway through a four-year term.

The new Cabinet, whose members were not immediately named, will be sworn in Friday afternoon.

The announcement came as Italy wrestled with its own governing crisis, with economist Mario Monti in line to run another interim technocratic government.

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