- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 14, 2006

ITALY

Kidnap victims return home

ROME — Two Italian tourists kidnapped in Niger in August arrived back in the northern city of Verona yesterday afternoon after their 53-day ordeal, television images on Italian channel SkyTG 24 showed.

Earlier, Claudio Chiodi and Ivano de Capitani told a press conference in the Libyan capital Tripoli they had been freed on Thursday thanks to the efforts of a group run by a son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Although the pair looked in good health, “the conditions of our detention were very bad, especially in the first two weeks. We were given very little water and food,” Mr. Chiodi said through an interpreter.

Saleh Abdul Salam, executive director of the Gadhafi Foundation for Development — run by Col. Gadhafi’s son Seif al-Islam — told the press conference his organization had become involved after a request by the Italian ambassador to Libya.

BRITAIN

Worker suspended for wearing a cross

LONDON — A British Airways employee was suspended from work for refusing to remove a necklace bearing a Christian cross, a British newspaper reported yesterday.

Nadia Eweida, a check-in worker at Heathrow Airport, told the Daily Mail she was suing the airline for religious discrimination after being sent home for breaching British Airways’ dress code.

British Airways said company policy states employees must wear jewelry, including religious symbols, under their uniforms.

FRANCE

Hooded youthsbe at policemen

PARIS — A gang of hooded youths ambushed a police patrol in a Paris suburb, seriously injuring one of the officers, police unions said yesterday.

Police went to a housing estate north of Paris late Friday after receiving a call reporting a robbery. When they arrived at the scene, around 50 youths blocked their car and pelted them with a hail of stones and tear gas.

It was the third time in recent weeks that police have come under apparently concerted attack in Paris’ troubled suburbs, inhabited mainly by Muslim immigrants from northern Africa.

HUNGARY

Opposition rallies against prime minister

BUDAPEST — About 10,000 people responded yesterday in Budapest to opposition leader Viktor Orban’s call for daily demonstrations demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany.

One-hour protests organized by Mr. Orban’s conservative Fidesz party have been held every day since Oct. 6, between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Budapest’s Kossuth square.

Mr. Orban has demanded that Mr. Gyurcsany step down after he admitted lying to the country to win re-election in April.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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