- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 8, 2002

Failed plane hijacker found hanged in jail
LYON An Italian who tried to hijack a Paris-bound airliner last month was found hanged in his French prison cell yesterday, days after the mysterious death of his cellmate, judicial and prison sources said.
Stefano Savorani, 29, a former police officer with a history of mental problems, appeared to have hanged himself from a shelf just 68 inches high with fabric from his mattress in his cell at the St. Paul-St. Joseph prison complex in Lyon, in southern France.
He was arrested at the Lyon airport Nov. 27 after threatening the pilot of a Bologna-to-Paris flight with an object he said was a bomb but turned out to be a television remote control. During the drama, he variously said he was acting in the name of Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda group and "against bin Laden."
Earlier last week, Mr. Savorani's unidentified cellmate was found dead, and Mr. Savorani had reportedly told guards the two had been playing a game that entailed placing a plastic bag over the head to come close to suffocation.

Legislators vote to shut nuke plants
BRUSSELS Belgium's lower house of parliament voted Friday to close all its nuclear power plants by 2025, joining four other European Union countries in abandoning atomic energy.
The decision, expected to be approved by the senate in the next few weeks, will lead to the closure of seven nuclear-power plants that provide 60 percent of Belgium's electricity.
Belgium is one of five EU states planning to phase out nuclear energy. The others are Germany, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands. Eight EU states have nuclear plants.
The environmental group Greenpeace welcomed the Belgian decision as a "strong political signal."

Troops train for war wearing sneakers
LONDON Some British troops training for a war in Iraq have been forced to wear sneakers because the military is short of boots, a lawmaker said last week.
Conservative Party legislator James Gray said soldiers told him of the problem when he visited a regiment recently.
"If you are [size] 8, 9 or 10, as most people are, then there is a real problem," Mr. Gray said, quoting some troops.
Defense Minister Lewis Moonie said in a statement that there had been problems with the supply of combat boots "as a result of production difficulties" and that the difficulties "have been resolved and stocks are being replenished."

Cutty Sark rotting away
LONDON Cutty Sark, the world famous sailing ship that in the heyday of the wool trade regularly recorded the fastest time for the voyage from Australia to Britain, is rotting away and may have to be sold abroad.
The London landmark, which swapped the seven seas for a concrete dry dock in Greenwich on the banks of the River Thames 50 years ago, has been given just four years before the rot and rust becomes so bad that the ship disintegrates.
The famed clipper was launched in 1869 on Scotland's River Clyde to make the run to China for the tea trade but switched to fetching wool from Australia to supply England's mills. It was sold in 1895 to a Portuguese company when the wool trade was no longer lucrative.

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