- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 22, 2005

BRITAIN

60,000 attend concert for tsunami aid

CARDIFF — Top international stars of rock, pop and classical music packed a Welsh stadium yesterday to help raise money for Asian tsunami victims at Britain’s biggest charity concert since Live Aid nearly 20 years ago.

More than 60,000 people saw the concert live at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

“Our music is the one thing we can use to help,” said Tom Chaplin, lead singer of British rock band Keane. Classical singer Katherine Jenkins opened the concert. Guitarist and singer Eric Clapton was to end the concert.

AUSTRIA

Demand to revoke Arnold’s citizenship

VIENNA — California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a citizen of both the United States and Austria, should be stripped of Austrian citizenship for allowing a convicted murderer to be executed, an Austrian politician said.

Mr. Schwarzenegger rejected a clemency appeal by triple murderer Donald Beardslee, which gave San Quentin prison the green light for California’s first execution in three years on Wednesday.

Peter Pilz, the security spokesman for Austria’s Green Party, said Mr. Schwarzenegger’s support for the death penalty not only violates Austrian law but has damaged the country’s image as a modern peace-loving nation.

ITALY

Man kills himself, then wife wakes from coma

ROME — Evoking comparisons to “Romeo and Juliet,” a husband in northern Italy killed himself out of grief for his ailing wife, hours before she came out of a coma, Italian state TV reported.

RAI state TV said Friday the husband visited his 67-year-old wife daily, sometimes coming to the hospital in Padua as often as four times a day, after she went into a coma following a stroke in September.

On Wednesday, the 71-year-old man committed suicide at the couple’s Padua-area home. About 12 hours later, the wife emerged from the coma and asked for her husband.

The couple, who were not identified, had no children.

FRANCE

‘Da Vinci Code’ scenes to be shot in Louvre

PARIS — France will allow U.S. film director Ron Howard to shoot scenes in the famed Louvre museum for a film adaptation of the worldwide bestseller “The Da Vinci Code.”

The movie version of Dan Brown’s thriller will feature Tom Hanks as professor Robert Langdon, and is scheduled to start shooting in May.

“The Da Vinci Code,” a murder mystery set in the art world, has sold 17 million copies worldwide and spawned a thriving side industry in books debunking its controversial theories on religion and art.

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