- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 19, 2001

Basque terrorists strike again in Spain
SALOU, Spain — A car bomb exploded outside a hotel in a popular seaside resort yesterday after a warning call apparently made on behalf of the Basque separatist group ETA, officials said.
No injuries were reported in the blast, which occurred just after 8 a.m.

Festival hall's blaze saddens Austrians
VIENNA, Austria — Austrians mourned the destruction this week of a famed festival hall where composer Johann Strauss once staged concerts and the Viennese — including a young Adolf Hitler — gathered to waltz and mingle at masked balls.
Firefighters still were dousing hundreds of glowing embers yesterday amid the charred remains of the Sofien Salon hall, gutted in a blaze that broke out on the roof early Thursday.

Alcohol poisoning kills more Russian drinkers
MOSCOW — Nearly 17,000 Russians died of alcohol poisoning in the first five months of this year, an increase of about 30 percent from the same period last year, the Interfax news agency reported.
The report, published Friday, did not specify how many of the deaths resulted from consuming fatal amounts and how many were caused by tainted beverages.

Protesters rampage again in Sweden
STOCKHOLM — Thousands of demonstrators against the European Union snarled traffic and damaged a shop as they marched through Stockholm yesterday amid a heavy police presence, police said.
Among the groups reported to have been involved in the demonstration was Reclaim the Streets, which also joined violent demonstrations at the European Union summit in Gothenburg earlier this year.

Bulgarian police confront rioting prison inmates
SOFIA, Bulgaria — Bulgarian police surrounded Sofia's central prison yesterday after 24 inmates climbed onto its roof to protest jail conditions.
Prisoners were protesting prison management, living conditions and the Bulgarian penal system.

Weekly notes
Mirjana Markovic, the wife of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, arrived in The Hague yesterday for a three-day visit to her imprisoned husband, who turns 60 tomorrow. She also made a three-day trip last month. German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, a former militant who fought police decades ago, defended in an interview his criticism of violent protests at the Group of Eight summit last month, arguing that the mistakes of past leftist radicals "shouldn't be repeated." Several hundred conservative extremists gathered yesterday at Wunsiedel, Germany, at the birthplace of the late Nazi leader Rudolf Hess.

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