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No evidence found in mass killing probe

CARACAS — Venezuela’s top official for indigenous affairs says officials who traveled to the Amazon to investigate a report of a mass killing in an indigenous community have found no evidence of killings.

The investigative team traveled by helicopter to a remote jungle area where a Yanomami Indian group last week reported it had received word of a massacre of unknown proportions in July, with perhaps dozens slain by miners.

Nicia Maldonado said on Saturday that “no evidence of any death was found” by the government team. She said officials hadn’t found any burned communal hut, which the indigenous group said had been reported by people who talked with survivors.

Leaders of the Horonami group that released the account couldn’t be reached for comment Sunday.


Stadium named for first Olympic winner

ST. GEORGE’S — Grenada will name a new sports stadium after a young track athlete who won the tiny island’s first Olympic medal.

Prime Minister Tillman Thomas says the unfinished stadium will be named after 400-meter champ Kirani James when it is completed.

Mr. Thomas also said Saturday that the island of just more than 100,000 people will introduce a stamp commemorating Mr. James’ Olympic victory.

Mr. James gave Grenada its first Olympic medal in London when he won the 400-meter race in 43.94 seconds.

Thousands of islanders crowded outside an airport Thursday to welcome back the 19-year-old runner nicknamed “The Jaguar.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports