Ethnic clashes rage in Nigeria’s capital
LAGOS, Nigeria More than 100 people have died in two days of ethnic warfare around Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos, Red Cross workers and witnesses said yesterday.
“Although we have not computed the figures, the death toll for two days of fighting is more than 100,” said a Nigerian Red Cross official who asked not to be named.
Lagos, a sprawling city of more than 10 million people, has been gripped by fighting between rival tribes.
Floods bring death to Switzerland, Italy
PIACENZA, Italy Italy hurried more than 15,000 people from the path of two raging rivers yesterday as floodwaters that wreaked death in Alpine towns bore down on the medieval villages and cities of the northern Italian plains.
The death toll in Italy and Switzerland rose to 25, with the mud-caked bodies of a 1-year-old Italian boy and a woman believed to be his mother among the latest uncovered. A total of 21 persons in the two countries were missing and feared dead.
Enigma machine found in BBC office
LONDON The mystery of the Enigma continues.
After disappearing from a museum on April Fool’s Day, a World War II-era encryption machine turned up yesterday in the mailroom of the British Broadcasting Corp.
The German Enigma machine was in a package addressed to Jeremy Paxman, who anchors the nightly “Newsnight” program, the BBC said.
An Enigma machine, the device the Nazis used to encrypt top-secret messages during World War II, was stolen from a museum.
Train disaster rocks British travelers
LONDON A high-speed intercity train carrying more than 100 passengers derailed north of London yesterday, killing four persons. Police said they did not discount the possibility of terrorism.
Bomb squad and police anti-terrorist officers were called to the scene as a criminal investigation began into the disaster, which also injured more than 30 passengers.
The train had been heading from London to Leeds, in northern England.
El Salvador targets Cristiani in deaths
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador El Salvador prosecutors have asked a court to reopen a criminal case against former President Alfredo Cristiani and six military chiefs over the 1989 murders of six Jesuits.
Justice spokesman Jose Luis Funes said the state prosecutor’s special crimes investigator, Marcial Zelaya, presented the request to start new criminal proceedings Monday.
El Salvador’s civil war between a right-wing government and the leftist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Army (FMLN) rebels killed 75,000 until a peace deal was signed in 1992. Many right-wing opponents of the guerrillas considered the Jesuits to be sympathizers with the FMLN.
On Nov. 16, 1989, with the Marxist rebels launching a major offensive on San Salvador, the Jesuits were found slain at the University of Central America, causing an international furor and a domestic controversy that still rages.
Hong Kong welcomes Chinese Nobel laureate
HONG KONG Beijing had a chilly response when dissident author Gao Xingjian won the Nobel Prize, but Hong Kong officials said yesterday they want him to visit the territory and discuss Chinese literature.
Mr. Gao, a novelist and playwright, has been declared persona non grata in mainland China and lives in France.
After the Swedish Academy awarded the Nobel Prize in literature last week to Mr. Gao the first Chinese author to win it Beijing denounced the move as a political maneuver and said it gave no pride to China.
Paul Leung, the director of Hong Kong’s culture agency, said in remarks carried on Hong Kong radio that Mr. Gao would be invited to Hong Kong, and that he did not expect Mr. Gao to have any trouble getting in.