- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 28, 2001

Concorde to fly within weeks
PARIS — The British and French Concordes will be flying again within weeks, the French transport minister said yesterday, hours after one of the supersonic airliners made a test flight in a bid to regain the aircraft's airworthiness certificate.
Jean-Claude Gayssot told France 2 television he was confident that at "the beginning of September or the end of August, the planes that have been modified" would have the crucial documents reissued.
The certificates for the plane — operated by British Airways and Air France — were withdrawn after an Air France Concorde crashed on July 25, 2000, outside Paris, killing 113 persons.

New Yorker killed in Honduras
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — An American man was fatally shot in a Honduras bar while trying to reclaim two compact discs that had been stolen from his house.
John O. Quinn, 33, of New York City was director of the Community Action Transformation Program, a U.S.-financed initiative to rehabilitate gang members, educate them about the dangers of AIDS and give them job training. He had lived in Honduras since 1999.
He was killed Saturday in San Isidro de Puerto Cortes, located on the Atlantic coast 120 miles north of Tegucigalpa.
At least 12 other Americans have been slain in Honduras in the past three years. At least 500 violent juvenile gangs with about 90,000 members operate in Honduras.

German minister in hot water
BERLIN — German Defense Minister Rudolf Scharping has come under fire for letting a magazine publish pictures of him frolicking in a pool with his girlfriend in Mallorca just as his troops prepare for a risky NATO mission.
Members of his own Social Democrat Party (SPD) are incensed at the gaffe as the German parliament holds what may be a close vote tomorrow on whether to allow the deployment of up to 500 soldiers to collect weapons from rebels in Macedonia.
The pictures of the minister splashing around in a swimming pool with his fiancee, Countess Kristina Pilati von Thassul zu Daxberg-Borgreve, while on holiday in Mallorca have been featured prominently in German newspapers in recent days.

Big crowds at London carnival
LONDON — Half a million people packed the streets of west London yesterday, basking in the summer sunshine at Europe's biggest street party, the Notting Hill Carnival.
About 10,000 police officers have been deployed to keep order in the trendy neighborhood made famous by the movie "Notting Hill," starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant.
By midafternoon on the carnival's second day, crowd numbers were "half a million and rising," a police spokesman said.
Crowds were expected to swell to 1 million into the evening.
Although 27 persons were arrested Sunday, mostly for public order offenses, a Scotland Yard spokeswoman said things so far had been "much quieter than last year."

Oldest veteran of World War I dies
PARIS — The thousand-strong legion of surviving veterans of World War I lost its oldest member when 109-year-old Raymond Abescat died in a Paris hospital, his old soldier's association said yesterday.
Mr. Abescat, who was wounded at Verdun but survived to see the start of his third century, was recognized as the oldest living soldier of the 1914-18 war by veterans from all the countries involved in the fighting, said Pierre Dasse, chairman of the Fraternelle de Puteaux association.


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