Thursday, March 24, 2005


Officials battle Ebolalike virus

LUANDA — Angolan health officials yesterday were battling an outbreak of the Marburg virus, related to the killer Ebola, that has claimed 96 lives, mostly children, in northern Uige province.

Although no move was made to quarantine the region bordering Congo, Angolan health officials, assisted by specialists from the World Health Organization (WHO), were putting in place a series of measures to try to contain the virus.

The Marburg virus, a severe form of hemorrhagic fever in the same family as Ebola, was first identified in 1967.


Hu pressures N. Korea on talks

BEIJING — Chinese President Hu Jintao yesterday stepped up pressure on North Korea to return to nuclear talks, telling its visiting prime minister that dialogue is the only way to settle the dispute.

Mr. Hu offered Beijing’s help in arranging new talks as he met with North Korean Prime Minister Pak Pong-ju, the official Xinhua news agency reported.


Ailing prince put on respirator

MONACO — Prince Rainier III was suffering from heart and kidney failure and breathing through a respirator yesterday as residents of this Riviera enclave braced for what many feared could be his final days.

A medical update from the palace described the 81-year-old prince’s condition as stable a day after he was moved into intensive care at Monaco’s Cardiothoracic Center.

The prince, whose actress wife, Grace Kelly, died in a 1982 car crash, was hospitalized more than two weeks ago with a chest infection.


Nuke talks with EU to be extended

PARIS — Iranian diplomats agreed yesterday to extend nuclear talks with three European Union nations, signaling they also will continue their suspension of uranium-enrichment activities as long as talks go forward.

In a joint statement by Iran and France, British and German diplomats said the meetings would hold to an accord that specified Iran should voluntarily suspend uranium enrichment.


Scottish church backs gay priests

LONDON — Being a practicing homosexual is no bar to becoming a priest, the Scottish Episcopal Church says, a stance that puts it at odds with the Anglican Communion in other parts of the world.

The comment by the College of Bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church in a response to a February meeting of 35 top world Anglican leaders, posted on the church Web site, is thought to be the first time the Scottish church publicly has declared its position on homosexual clergy and blessings of homosexual couples, which have long been unwritten, but commonly held, acceptances.

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