- The Washington Times - Friday, February 1, 2008


Illegal aliens arrested in church

JOHANNESBURG — Police raided a downtown church sheltering hundreds of illegal aliens from Zimbabwe and said yesterday that they would be deported to the troubled neighboring nation.

Bishop Paul Verryn had been sheltering about 1,200 people at the Central Methodist Church, which has become a haven for Zimbabweans fleeing their country’s political and economic meltdown. In addition, 500 were sleeping on the street outside the church.

Bishop Verryn said police arrived at about 11 p.m. Wednesday and began hauling people — many in pajamas — away in scenes reminiscent of apartheid-era raids.


New evidence revives teen-murder probe

ORANJESTAD — Aruban prosecutors said yesterday that authorities are investigating new information in the Natalee Holloway case provided by a Dutch crime reporter.

Information from reporter Peter R. de Vries “may help considerably” in resolving what happened to the American, who vanished during a May 2005 school vacation to the Dutch Caribbean island, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

The statement did not specify the new material but said it “may shed a new light on the mode” in which Miss Holloway died and the “method by which her body disappeared.”


EU orders garbage out of Naples

BRUSSELS — The European Union ordered Italy yesterday to clean up Naples within a month — or face legal action.

Some 250,000 tons of backlogged trash has been piling up on the streets of Naples since collection came to a near halt in December.

Collectors have stopped picking up garbage in Naples and the Campania region because there is no more room for the trash at dumps.


Judge halts display of Holocaust victims

RIO DE JANEIRO — A judge issued an order yesterday prohibiting a Rio samba group from parading during carnival with a float depicting naked bodies of Holocaust victims.

Judge Juliana Kalichszteim issued the injunction in response to a lawsuit by the Jewish Federation of Rio de Janeiro, which asked for the float be removed from this city’s famed carnival parade next week, said Lara Voges, a spokeswoman for the judge.

The judge said that the float could be used in the parade, but that organizers of the Viradouro samba group must remove mannequins meant to represent dead bodies from the Holocaust.


Veterans paid for chemical testing

LONDON — Britain’s defense ministry said yesterday that it had agreed to pay a total of $6 million in compensation to 360 military veterans who took part in secret chemical-weapons tests during the Cold War.

Defense Minister Derek Twigg apologized to the veterans — many of whom say they suffered serious long-term health problems as the result of the tests — but said the government did not admit liability.

In the 1950s and 1960s, hundreds of servicemen and women were exposed to substances including nerve agents, poisons and LSD at the Porton Down military research facility in southwestern England.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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