- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 17, 2005

FRANCE

Jobless Tunisians win $93 million

PARIS — A Tunisian father and his son, living in France and out of work, saw their luck change after winning nearly $93 million dollars — equal to about 62 centuries of the French minimum wage — in the Euro Millions lottery, the organizers announced yesterday.

The rollover jackpot was a record haul for a French lottery winner.

The 55-year-old father of seven bought the winning ticket with his son Maim, 22, in a railway cafe in the town of Franconville-La-Garonne, in the suburbs north of Paris, the Francaise des Jeux company said.

VATICAN CITY

Bodyguards’ rivalry endangers pope

VATICAN CITY — Rivalry between the Vatican’s Swiss Guards and Italian carabinieri could endanger the security of the pope they are supposed to be protecting, a former police chief warned yesterday.

Enrico Marinelli, who commanded the 130-strong Italian security force in the Vatican between 1985 and 1999, told the weekly Panorama that the rivalry with the 110 Swiss Guards engendered a lack of coordination between them.

Meanwhile, the daily Corriere della Sera quoted a letter from Swiss Guards commander Col. Elmar Theodor Maedar calling for a more important role in the close protection of Pope Benedict XVI, notably in his movements abroad.

BRITAIN

Drug-abusing model given ‘second chance’

LONDON — Clothing chain H&M; has agreed to give supermodel Kate Moss, the face of its 2005 autumn-winter collection, a second chance after a British newspaper published photographs of her sniffing cocaine.

“We are strongly against drug abuse, we have made it clear to Kate Moss and, after having heard her explanations and regrets, we have decided for the time being to continue our cooperation,” a spokeswoman for the Swedish company said yesterday.

ITALY

Poll finds many oppose civil unions for gays

ROME — Nearly two-thirds of Italians are in favor of a law allowing civil unions for heterosexual couples but not for homosexual partners, according to a poll published in La Repubblica yesterday.

The poll showed that 63.8 percent of those surveyed were in favor of granting nonmarried heterosexual couples most of the rights given to married men and women.

Another 30.4 percent were opposed to civil unions and 5.8 percent had no opinion.

The survey also found that only 31 percent of Italians were in favor of extending civil unions to same-sex couples. Even fewer Italians, about 29 percent of those polled, supported allowing homosexual “marriages.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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