Saturday, November 24, 2001

Mass graves found at Nazi death camp

WARSAW Mass graves have been discovered at the Sobibor Nazi death camp in northeastern Poland, where an estimated 250,000 Jews were believed to have been killed, Polish archeologists said yesterday.

The graves contain decomposed and charred human remains, evidence that the Nazis burned their victims during the last period of the camp’s existence, he said.

The largest grave measures 230 by 82 feet, while the smallest measures 82 feet square.

“It is necessary to confirm scientifically the existence of the camp, because some crazy voices have denied the existence of the events of that period,” said Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, a former foreign minister and a survivor of the Auschwitz death camp.

Prince joins Muslims for post-fast rite

LONDON Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, joined Muslim worshippers at an east London mosque yesterday for a breaking of fast for Ramadan.

Inaugurating a building project at the mosque, he sipped faluda, a drink made of milk and rose-petal syrup, and ate a bowl of kushat, a dish of dates, figs and milk.

Maoists in Nepal resume attacks

KATMANDU, Nepal Maoist guerrillas attacked police stations and government installations in Nepal yesterday, two days after pulling out of a four-month cease-fire following unsuccessful peace talks, officials said. No deaths or injuries were reported.

Police said the rebels rampaged in at least 15 towns across the Himalayan kingdom, firing guns and stealing weapons from at least one police station.

On Wednesday, the rebel leader known as Prachanda said the Maoists were unilaterally withdrawing from the cease-fire. He said attempts by the rebels to find a peaceful resolution had been foiled and that there was no justification to continue with the truce.

Cholera deaths mount in Nigeria

KANO, Nigeria An outbreak of cholera in two northern Nigerian states has killed more than 200 children, among a total of more than 500 dead in the past month, hospital staff said.

More than 200 out of more than 600 children admitted in the past 10 days to the Hafiya Bayero Pediatric Hospital in Kano, northern Nigeria’s largest city, have died, a senior staff nurse told Agence France-Presse on the condition of anonymity.

Basque separatists blamed in officers’ deaths

BEASAIN, Spain Two police officers from Spain’s Basque region were shot and killed yesterday in an attack blamed on the Basque separatist group ETA, which has said it would target Basque police in its violent drive for independence.

The government said the police officers were directing traffic in the town, which is just south of San Sebastian, when they were attacked and had no chance to defend themselves.

6 Portuguese killed in Angola attack

LISBON, Portugal Up to six Portuguese nationals were among 11 persons killed in an attack by a group of armed men in the northern Angolan province of Bengo, the Portuguese news agency Lusa reported yesterday.

The secretary of state for Portuguese communities said in a statement sent to the agency in Lisbon that four Portuguese and three Angolans were killed “in an armed attack carried out by as-yet-unidentified assailants.”

Ban on cloning urged in Britain

LONDON A British independent watchdog group said yesterday an emergency bill to plug a legal loophole would still allow scientists to clone embryos that could be exported to create a cloned human.

The group, which campaigns on human genetic issues, said the proposed legislation does not go far enough and insisted a ban on cloning embryos was needed.

British regulations on cloning were thrown into disarray last week by a high court decision that current laws did not explicitly prohibit human reproductive cloning.

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