- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 14, 2001

Hank Gonzalez buried by Mexico's high, low
SANTIAGO TIANGUISTENCO, Mexico — Former Presidents Jose Lopez Portillo and Miguel de la Madrid joined some of Mexico's richest business leaders and poorest peasants Sunday at the funeral of millionaire and political power broker Carlos Hank Gonzalez.
A behind-the-scenes force in the Institutional Revolutionary Party that ruled Mexico from 1929 until last year, Mr. Hank Gonzalez, 73, died of prostate cancer at his ranch outside this city on Saturday.
Famous for coining the phrase "A politician who is poor is a poor politician," Mr. Hank Gonzalez rose from a string of low-paying public offices to become one of Mexico's richest men, but he was considered a champion of Mexico's often overlooked countryside.

Argentina waits while IMF ponders
BUENOS AIRES — Argentine markets yesterday anxiously awaited the outcome of negotiations with the International Monetary Fund amid hopes the IMF would provide a multibillion-dollar package to help the country pull back from the economic brink.
But officials warned it could be several days before any concrete decision emerges from the Washington talks between an Argentine delegation and IMF officials.
Several analysts here said it was likely the fund would provide a $6 billion to $9 billion aid package.

Bridge mishap shuts Canada's Welland Canal
ALLANBURG, Ontario — A canal linking lakes Ontario and Erie, a major shipping link on the St. Lawrence Seaway, was closed yesterday after a cargo vessel smashed into a drawbridge and burst into flames.
About a dozen freight vessels were stranded in the Welland Canal — which allows passage between the two lakes, joined naturally by Niagara Falls.
The link has been closed since Saturday, when the 732-foot long Windoc, carrying wheat, hit the bridge.

39 in Brazil flee a police holding pen
SAO PAULO, Brazil — At least 39 inmates escaped early yesterday from police detention at Parelheiros, south of Sao Paulo, military police told reporters, adding that they had since recaptured six.
The prisoners escaped through the roof, police said. Although the center has a rated capacity of 30 prisoners, 53 were being held there at the time.

Weekly notes
The Cuban Communist Party daily Granma hailed Fidel Castro's 75th birthday yesterday with pictures of Mr. Castro celebrating the first hours of his birthday with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at Ciudad Bolivar, 310 miles southeast of Caracas, on an official visit. The new government of Peru's President Alejandro Toledo is looking for new ways to extinguish remaining pockets of Shining Path guerrillas. Interior Minister Fernando Rospigliosi told a TV interviewer Sunday that large-scale operations are no longer successful.


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