Hurricane edges onto Mexico’s Yucatan
COROZAL, Belize Hurricane Keith toppled homes, ripped the roofs off hotels and caused flooding throughout Belize as it swirled just off the country’s Caribbean coast yesterday with 80-mph winds.
Flooding associated with Keith caused two deaths elsewhere in Central America, but the worst damage came in Belize, where streets were flooded with more than 11 inches of rain that had fallen since Sunday.
No deaths or injuries were reported in Belize. But a Red Cross official said reports over a cellular phone indicated considerable damage on the storm-ravaged island of Ambergris Cay, which lies roughly in the storm’s path about 12 miles off Belize’s coast.
Castro to attend Trudeau’s funeral
HAVANA Cuban President Fidel Castro left for Canada yesterday to attend the state funeral of Canada’s late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, according to local news media reports.
Canada is one of the few countries in the Americas never to have severed diplomatic ties with communist Cuba. Mr. Trudeau was the first Canadian dignitary to visit the island, which he did in 1976.
Mr. Castro yesterday paid tribute to Mr. Trudeau as a peace-loving statesman who had opposed the “hostile imperialist policy” of the United States toward Havana.
Earthquake rocks southwest Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania A powerful earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale rocked southwestern Tanzania early yesterday, but there were no reports of casualties.
Lamech Kibacho, a regional police commander in the town of Sumbawanga, said there were three tremors in the space of 10 minutes starting at 5:25 a.m., which opened up cracks in some buildings.
The British disaster charity Rapid U.K. said its examination of U.S. seismological data put the epicenter in or near Lake Tanganyika, which separates the east African country from Congo.
U.N. to assist flood victims
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia The United Nations yesterday issued an appeal for $10.7 million to aid flood victims in Cambodia while a U.N. team assessed the damage from Vietnam’s worst flooding in decades.
Parts of Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos have been devastated by floods along the Mekong River and its tributaries that affect more than 6.5 million people. Vast areas of rice paddies have been destroyed and at least 465 persons have died 184 in Cambodia, 224 in Vietnam, 47 in Thailand and 15 in Laos.
Indian boy convicted in missionary’s slaying
NEW DELHI A 13-year-old boy has been convicted in the mob killing of an Australian missionary and his two sons. The teen-ager was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
Graham Staines, 58, and his sons, Philip, 10, and Timothy, 8, were burned alive inside the jeep where they were sleeping after a Bible study meeting in the village of Manoharpur in the eastern state of Orissa in January 1999.
Police have arrested 15 persons, including the ringleader of the mob, Dara Singh. The 13-year-old, identified as Chenchu, was convicted Saturday in a special court run by the country’s Central Bureau of Investigations, Press Trust of India reported.
Moscow land sale is first since 1917
MOSCOW The city of Moscow yesterday sold its first parcel of land since the 1917 Bolshevik revolution, ceding a lot on which a supermarket is to be built. The land was sold at auction for $310,709, Moscow said.
Until now, the Russian capital has agreed only to lease land for renewable 49-year terms, although other cities began selling plots in 1998.
The Moscow parcel of 1.8 acres, which was put on the block for $261,100, sold in five minutes, with three companies putting in bids, the Ria Novosti press agency said.