Sunday, November 11, 2001

Pope greets N.Y. firefighters
VATICAN CITY New York City firefighters presented Pope John Paul II with the white helmet of their chaplain who was killed at the World Trade Center, while the pontiff prayed yesterday for the families of the 343 firefighters who died in the rescue effort.
“I offer a warm welcome to the delegation from the New York City Fire Department,” the pope said in English, addressing the delegation at Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.
Among the eight firefighters in the basilica was Daniel A. Nigro, who was promoted after the attacks to chief of department, the highest uniformed position in the force. He replaced Peter Ganci, who died at the World Trade Center. The firefighters, some with family members, approached the pontiff and knelt before him. One gave him the helmet of the Rev. Mychal Judge, a Franciscan priest who was the department chaplain.

John Hume bids farewell
BELFAST John Hume a towering Roman Catholic figure in Northern Ireland’s search for peace said yesterday the Good Friday Agreement could become a “blueprint” worldwide to deal with conflicts.
Mr. Hume, who spoke as he stepped down as head of the moderate SDLP party, is credited with kick-starting peace negotiations that spawned the 1998 peace pact. He said it remained his main personal triumph and a testament to SDLP efforts.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate will be replaced as party leader by Mark Durkan.

Police arrest embassy attackers
SANTIAGO, Chile Chilean police have arrested two men in connection with a letter bomb sent to the U.S. Embassy in Santiago after the September 11 attacks on the United States, Chilean newspapers said yesterday.
The bomb, which arrived at the embassy on Sept. 28 with the regular mail delivery, was dismantled; no damage was done.
Both of the suspects worked for the government intelligence office during the administration of President Patricio Aylwin in the early 1990s, shortly after the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet ended, the paper said.

Burundi students escape captors
BUJUMBURA, Burundi Some 100 students kidnapped by Hutu rebels in Burundi managed to escape during gun battles between their captors and the Tutsi-led army, but more than 100 others remain in rebel hands, local officials said yesterday.
The rebels have kidnapped hundreds of boys and young men from schools in northwestern Kayanza province and eastern Ruyigi since Tuesday, in what appears to be an attempt to force them to join their eight-year struggle against the army.
Fighting has intensified in Burundi since a new government was installed on Nov. 1, aimed at uniting Hutus and Tutsis to end a civil war that has killed more than 200,000 people.

Chelsea protests anti-war procession
LONDON Chelsea Clinton interrupted an anti-war demonstration in Oxford, where she is studying, the London Times reported yesterday.
Miss Clinton, along with 15 others, shouted patriotic slogans and unfurled a U.S. flag during a 500-strong meeting of “Oxford Stop the War Coalition” earlier this week.
Miss Clinton was particularly vocal when one of the speakers said that the media had not sufficiently highlighted the effects of the bombings on Afghan civilians, the report said.

Storms kill, cause blackouts in Algeria
ALGIERS Ferocious storms have killed nearly 300 people in northern Algeria, including 173 in the capital Algiers, emergency services said yesterday after homes collapsed and dry gullies became torrents.
Many of those who died were crushed when their homes were destroyed by torrential rain and very high winds, or swept away by flash floods, officials said.
Algiers was practically paralyzed yesterday, because the storms caused power blackouts and flooded numerous districts, making driving almost impossible

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