Monday, May 7, 2001

Stadium roof collapse kills several
TEHRAN — The roof of a stadium grandstand caved in yesterday, killing several fans and injuring hundreds of others during a soccer match in northeastern Iran, the official news agency reported.
After the accident, angry fans clashed with police trying to make their way into Mottaqi Stadium in the city of Sari, 155 miles northeast of Tehran. State-run television showed images of fans wielding metal poles locked in battle with anti-riot forces on the field.
The state news agency reported “hundreds” injured and “several” dead without giving exact numbers.

Water crisis grows in Canadian town
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Residents of a prairie town scrambled to find alternative sources of drinking water this weekend as more were infected with a potentially deadly parasite lurking in their water supply.
City officials yesterday said 36 cases were confirmed of a flulike illness caused by water tainted with the parasite cryptosporidium in North Battleford, a community of 15,000 located in west central Saskatchewan.
Three deaths were reported on Thursday, apparently linked to the parasite. Tests on the most recent victim found cryptosporidium in a stool sample.
If a connection is proven, the water crisis would be the second bout of fatalities linked to contaminated Canadian water.

Politician shot, killed before key elections
ZARAGOZA, Spain — A politician from the ruling Popular Party was shot to death yesterday in an attack blamed on the Basque separatist group ETA, a week before crucial parliamentary elections in Spains Basque country.
Manuel Gimenez Abad, 52, was shot twice as he was walking to a soccer match in Zaragoza accompanied by his son, national radio said. He was a senator and president of the center-right Popular Party in the northeastern region of Aragon, which is near the Basque country.
No group claimed responsibility for the shooting, but police blamed it on ETA. Near the body police found several shells from a 9 mm pistol, which they said is ETAs preferred weapon, private news agency Europa Press reported.

Brazil finds cow with disease symptoms
SAO PAULO, Brazil — A cow in the key southern Brazilian ranching state of Rio Grande do Sul shows signs of having foot-and-mouth disease, although a blood test is still pending, Brazils Agriculture Ministry said yesterday.
If confirmed, the case would be the first sign of the financially devastating livestock disease in the worlds biggest commercial herd since August, when Brazil slaughtered 11,000 head in the state to contain an outbreak.

Company negotiates for cheap AIDS drugs
JOHANNESBURG — Mining giant Anglo American is negotiating with an Indian pharmaceutical company to purchase cheap AIDS drugs for its HIV-positive workers in South Africa, a local newspaper reported yesterday.
The London-based company could lose 20 percent of its South African work force to AIDS, spokesman Clem Sunter told Johannesburgs Sunday Times. Anglo American has almost finished drafting a treatment plan, which will include the provision of free or heavily subsidized drugs.
Anglo American is in talks with Cipla, Indias largest producer of generic medicines, he said.

Russian official arrives in Libya
TUNIS, Tunisia — Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov arrived in Libyas capital Tripoli yesterday for a two-day official visit during which he is expected to meet Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and hold talks aimed at boosting trade and military ties.
Mr. Ivanovs visit forms part of Russian moves to shore up relations with former Soviet allies, including countries dubbed “rogue states” by the United States.

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