- The Washington Times - Monday, March 7, 2005

CANADA

Father throws child, leaps from overpass

TORONTO — A 5-year-old Toronto girl is expected to make a full recovery after being thrown from an overpass by her father at least 50 feet onto Canada’s busiest highway, police said yesterday. The man was killed when he jumped from the overpass onto Highway 401 in North Toronto.

“She’s going to be all right; that’s what the doctors are saying,” said a Toronto police spokeswoman. The child suffered internal injuries but no broken bones.

The incident happened early Sunday evening after the child’s mother found a suicide note at her nearby apartment, police said.

The man, in his 30s, called the child’s mother from a cell phone while on the bridge, witnesses said, as the screaming girl, dressed in a pink snowsuit, clutched his leg.

CHILE

Nation mourns death of Pinochet foe

SANTIAGO — The government ordered two days of national mourning Sunday after the death of Gladys Marin, 63, a former Communist Party leader who was at the forefront of opposing dictator Augusto Pinochet.

Thousands filed past her body in a coffin at the former National Congress in Santiago. Mrs. Marin, a former schoolteacher, married engineering student Jorge Munoz Poutays in 1963 and had two sons; Mr. Munoz was seized and “disappeared” during Gen. Pinochet’s rule.

“The mourning decreed by the government is an expression of our respect for what she embodied and for the thousands and thousands who in democracy follow her,” said President Ricardo Lagos, who was among those who paid their respects to Mrs. Marin. She was diagnosed with brain cancer in late 2003.

Weekly notes

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said yesterday in Bangalore, India, he wants to use oil to achieve global equality, and called on Indian businessmen to explore opportunities in his country. “In the Orinoco Oil Belt, 300,000 million barrels of oil are waiting to be explored. It’s the largest oil reserve in the world,” Mr. Chavez told a business conference in India’s technology hub after India signed a weekend deal giving its Oil and Natural Gas Corp. a 49 percent stake in Venezuela’s San Cristobal oil field. … Former Argentine soccer World Cup-winning captain Diego Maradona had his stomach stapled to reduce his ballooning waistline, his Colombian doctors said in Cartagena over the weekend. Dr. Francisco Holguin, head of the Medihelp clinic where the operation was performed, said the former superstar, who is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighed 266 pounds when he checked in. “In eight to 10 months, he should be back to his ideal weight” of 165 pounds, Dr. Holguin said.

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