- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 16, 2004


33 die as plane crashes in Amazon

BRASILIA — All 33 persons aboard a Brazilian passenger plane were killed when it crashed in the Amazon jungle just minutes from landing at the industrial city of Manaus, aviation authorities said yesterday.

The propeller aircraft operated by Rico Linhas Aereas fell at 6:37 p.m. Friday into dense jungle about nine miles from Manaus airport in northwest Amazonas state, 1,200 miles northwest of the capital, Brasilia.

The turbo-prop, carrying 30 passengers and three crew, was on a normal approach in clear skies when it disappeared off the radar screen, Brazil’s regional civil aviation service said.


Pro-life symbol to be made saint

VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul II will create six new saints today, including an Italian woman who became a symbol of the anti-abortion movement for saving her unborn child at the cost of her own life.

Gianna Beretta Molla died in 1962 at the age of 39, one week after giving birth to a healthy baby. Early in her pregnancy, Mrs. Molla discovered she had a tumor in her uterus but decided against treatment because it would have involved an abortion.

She will be the Roman Catholic Church’s first married woman to become a saint in modern times, Vatican officials said.


Nobel laureate held at rally

LAGOS — Police fired tear gas and arrested dozens, including the Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, during an antigovernment protest in Nigeria’s commercial capital yesterday.

Mr. Soyinka, an outspoken opponent of previous military regimes, is also a vocal critic of President Olusegun Obasanjo’s civilian government. He described Nigeria as an anarchic state in which normal government functions have been upended.

Mr. Soyinka, 69, won the 1986 Nobel Prize for literature. He fled Nigeria’s then-ruling military in 1994 and lives in Atlanta, where he teaches at Emory University.


Alexandria library site uncovered

CAIRO — Archaeologists have uncovered the site of Alexandria’s ancient Royal Library, which vanished nearly 16 centuries ago and where Archimedes and Euclid both studied, Egypt’s Tourism Ministry said yesterday.

An Egyptian-Polish team unearthed the complex’s 13 conference rooms, which would have been able to accommodate about 5,000 students, before the library was burned during an insurrection against Julius Caesar in the year 48 B.C., under Cleopatra VIII.

Antony and Cleopatra were believed by some to have moved the library to Serapeum, but that library also was sacked and burned by the Christians around AD 390 and, say some historians, again during the Arab conquest in AD 642.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and French President Jacques Chirac inaugurated a new Alexandrine Library in 2002, not far from the site of the original one.


Thousands protest Libyan sentence

SOFIA — Angry Bulgarians burned a 10-foot high gallows in central Sofia yesterday to protest the death sentences imposed on five Bulgarian nurses for infecting Libyan children with the HIV virus.

The protesters also released six white doves in the capital as tens of thousands of medics staged silent protests in front of hospitals across the country.

A court in the Libyan port of Benghazi sentenced the five women and a Palestinian doctor to death by firing squad in early May for deliberately infecting 426 Libyan children with the virus that causes AIDS.

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