- The Washington Times - Monday, August 14, 2006


Poor wait days outside free clinic

CANGE — “It hurts me to see children die before they even had a chance to live,” said Estrella Torres, one of 600 Cuban doctors who work in Haiti, where life expectancy is 52 years. The nation of 8 million people is the poorest in the Western Hemisphere.

Scores of people spend their nights outside, waiting in line for days to get free medical services in Cange. They include Resinette Saintilma, 24, a mother of three who suffers from stomach pains, and her father, Massillon, 71, who has a neglected hernia.

After sleeping on the ground wrapped in torn rags, the Haitians get up at sunrise and rush to the doors of the clinic. “The only hope these people have is to be seen by a doctor for free,” said Dr. Max Raymonville.


Portuguese tourist slain on beach

RIO DE JANEIRO — A 19-year-old Portuguese tourist was stabbed to death by a thief on Copacabana beach in front of his shocked parents yesterday, police said.

Minutes later, a traffic policeman caught the man suspected of stabbing Andre Bordalo, a police spokesman said. The man tried to snatch Mr. Bordalo’s bag, but he refused and was fatally stabbed with a large knife between the ribs.

The youth’s body lay on the beach for several hours awaiting a coroner’s truck, and a crowd gathered. His parents were treated for shock in their beachside hotel across the road from the crime scene.


Liberal candidate quits crowded race

OTTAWA — The race for the leadership of Canada’s opposition Liberal Party narrowed yesterday when candidate Maurizio Bevilacqua pulled out in favor of former Ontario Premier Bob Rae.

Ten candidates remain, and since the new leader won’t be chosen until December, it seems certain the Liberals will not try this year to topple the minority Conservative government, which defeated the Liberals in January.

“Right wing, left wing — it takes two wings to fly,” said Mr. Bevilacqua, who earlier this year criticized the economic policies that Mr. Rae, then a member of the New Democratic Party, pursued as premier. The New Democrats are to the left of the Liberals.

Weekly notes …

Former Paraguayan dictator Alfredo Stroessner was hospitalized in the Brazilian capital, where he has been living in exile for the past 17 years, said a hospital spokesman who didn’t know what was ailing Mr. Stroessner, 93. A source close to the Stroessner family told the Reuters news agency that the ex-dictator is recovering from a hernia operation. … A partial recount of Mexico’s contested presidential election narrowed the conservative candidate’s already thin lead, said his rival’s campaign, which demands all ballots be recounted. An official of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s campaign said yesterday that conservative Felipe Calderon lost 14,140 votes in the recount of 9 percent of the ballots cast July 2.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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