- The Washington Times - Monday, June 13, 2005

ARUBA

Island prays for missing teen

ORANJESTAD — Islanders attending church services yesterday prayed for a break in the case of a missing Alabama honors student, which just a day earlier appeared close to resolution after one of three young men in custody told Aruban police “something bad happened” to the woman.

Natalee Holloway, 18, vanished hours before she was expected at the airport to end a five-day trip to the Dutch Caribbean island with 124 classmates and seven chaperones celebrating graduation from Mountain Brook, Ala., High School.

BRITAIN

Pink Floyd to rock again

LONDON — Organizers of the London Live 8 concert said yesterday that the original members of the British rock band Pink Floyd would perform at the July event for the first time in more than two decades.

Guitarist David Gilmour, drummer Nick Mason, bass player Roger Waters and keyboard player Richard Wright have not performed on stage together since 1981.

The group, which achieved major success with their 1973 album “Dark Side of the Moon,” will join musical acts including Elton John, Madonna, Paul McCartney and Coldplay at the anti-poverty concert in Hyde Park on July 2.

GAZA STRIP

Palestinian Authority executes murderers

GAZA CITY — The Palestinian Authority carried out its first executions since 2002 yesterday, killing four convicted murderers as part of a new campaign to rein in lawlessness and chaos, an Interior Ministry spokesman said.

Three of the men were hanged and one was shot by a firing squad.

Armed men and militants often roam the streets with impunity, at times clashing with rival factions and security forces.

FRANCE

Freed hostage welcomed home

VILLACOUBLAY — Freed hostage Florence Aubenas, looking thinner but radiant, arrived home to a joyful welcome outside Paris yesterday after she and her Iraqi assistant were safely released from five months of captivity in Iraq.

President Jacques Chirac greeted Miss Aubenas with a kiss on the cheek at an airstrip in Villacoublay, west of the capital, where her flight touched down.


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