- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 15, 2002

Brazilian oil rigstabilized in Atlantic
RIO DE JANEIRO Federal oil giant Petrobras said yesterday that one of its rigs was listing at a 32-degree angle about 60 miles off the coast in the Atlantic Ocean but had apparently stabilized.
The drilling platform, known as P-34, tilted over late Sunday after a failure in its electronics systems, the company said. It is near the site where another Petrobras rig sank in 2001. Before the problem, P-34 pumped 34,000 barrels of oil a day and 195,000 cubic meters of natural gas.
There were no fires or explosions, and all 76 persons aboard were taken to other offshore platforms. Production was halted, and workers boarded the rig to see if it could be righted.
Petrobras said the rig's storage tanks held approximately 3 million gallons of oil, about one-fourth of its capacity.

More lava action at Montserrat volcano
SALEM, Montserrat A large chunk of hardened lava broke away from this British Caribbean island's volcano Sunday and tumbled into the sea, causing alarm but posing no danger, officials said.
"It was the most energetic event in three days," said scientist Peter Dunkley of the Montserrat Volcano Observatory. Residents across the island heard the volcano rumbling throughout the morning an indication the dome is growing, scientists said.

Chilean generalresigns amid probe
SANTIAGO, Chile Gen. Patricio Rios, chief of the Chilean air force, has resigned amid accusations that his branch hid information about dissidents who disappeared during Chile's former military dictatorship.
Gen. Rios maintained he was innocent, but said in a letter to President Ricardo Lagos on Sunday that he was resigning "for the sake of the nation and the air force." The trouble began when Gen. Rios appointed Gen. Patricio Campos to represent the air force in a group investigating the fate of more than 1,000 dissidents who disappeared during the 1973-90 regime of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
The government newspaper La Nacion said Gen. Campos hid information he received to protect his wife, Viviana Ugarte, who had been a security agent involved in two disappearances. Gen. Campos resigned last month.

Weekly notes
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, wrapped up yesterday a Jubilee Tour of Canada overshadowed by Deputy Prime Minister John Manley's remark that Canada should choose its own head of state. The royal couple leaves Canada today at the end of an 11-day visit. Mr. Manley, the queen's escort on the Ottawa leg of her trip, also said Canada's ties to the British monarchy were no longer necessary. He later apologized for the timing of his remarks but stood by his opinion. Benjamin Arellano Felix, accused of running a Mexican drug ring, has filed a U.N. complaint claiming prison abuse, Reforma newspaper reported Sunday. The complaint says that Mr. Arellano Felix suffers psychological torture and urges authorities to move him to a regular cell. Since his arrest March 9, Mr. Arellano Felix has been held in isolation at La Palma prison.

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