- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Rampage shooting, suicide kill 8 in Italy
CHIERI, Italy A heavily armed man fatally shot his ex-wife and six other relatives and neighbors yesterday and then killed himself in a rampage that horrified a northern Italian town, police and news reports said.
The bodies of three men and five women were found in two adjacent apartments in Chieri, a suburb of the northwestern city of Turin, said Col. Filippo Ricciarelli, of the carabinieri paramilitary police in Turin.

Election flop angers Yugoslav president
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia Serbia officially annulled a presidential election yesterday because too few people voted, but the party of Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica claimed victory regardless and vowed to contest the ruling.
The clash over the vote's validity threatened to feed feuding among the reformists who ousted Slobodan Milosevic, and mire politics in a protracted dispute like the aftermath of the Florida ballot of the U.S. presidential election in 2000.

Afghan serial killer sentenced to hang
KABUL, Afghanistan A serial killer who murdered at least nine persons in Afghanistan has been sentenced to be hanged in what will be the first use of the death penalty since the fall of the Taliban, state media said yesterday.
The official Bakhter news agency said Abdullah Shah, named "Zardad's Dog" after a warlord who reportedly kept Shah on a leash, releasing him only to attack those who crossed his path, was found guilty on nine murder counts.

Finnish police arrest new bombing suspect
HELSINKI Police arrested a 17-year-old boy yesterday on charges he helped the college student suspected of setting off a bomb at a shopping mall that killed himself and six others.
Detective Chief Superintendent Tero Haapala said the boy, from southern Finland, was a chief suspect in "providing information about how bombs are constructed."
However, he said 19-year-old Petri Gerdt, who lived with his parents and studied chemical engineering, built the bomb on his own.

Dutch prince laid to rest
DELFT, Netherlands Queen Beatrix's husband, Prince Claus, was laid to rest in the medieval Dutch town of Delft yesterday as the nation paid a somber tribute to one of its most popular royals.
Prince Claus, 76, died from Parkinson's disease and pneumonia on Oct. 6. About 40,000 people lined the streets to bid farewell to a prince loved for his verve and charm and respected for his long fight against disease and depression.

Militant milk drinkers attack PETA activists
Police in Aberdeen, Scotland, rescued animal rights activists from children armed with cartons of milk, who attacked the activists when they showed up at school, the Scotsman newspaper reported.
Two members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), one dressed as a cow, sought to educate the children about the perils of drinking milk.
About 100 youngsters, chanting "milk for the masses," surrounded the two and drenched them with milk until police intervened.

U.N. takes up big-tobacco battle
GENEVA The head of the World Health Organization, or WHO, accused big tobacco firms yesterday of trying to derail talks on a global treaty to curb smoking.
The proposed first international public health treaty, called the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, is due to be agreed by the WHO's 192 member states by May 2003.
Under the treaty, countries would pledge gradually to eliminate advertising and suppress the use of terms such as "mild" and "low tar."


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