- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 7, 2008


Rockslide kills 24; up to 500 trapped

CAIRO | Massive boulders peeled away from a cliff and buried dozens of homes in an Egyptian shantytown Saturday, killing at least 24 people, authorities said. Rescuers were digging by hand to reach any survivors.

At least eight boulders, some the size of a small house, fell from the towering Muqattam cliffs outside Cairo and buried about 50 homes in the village of Manshiyet Nasr - one of many densely populated slums ringing Africa’s most populous city.

An official said 35 people were injured and, according to residents, there could be up to 500 people buried under the hundreds of tons of rock that fell.


15 dead in blast, shootout

KANDAHAR | A suicide bomb attack by a fake beggar inside a regional prosecutor’s office and a shootout between police and Taliban militants killed 15 people Saturday, officials said.

The suicide bomber penetrated the office in Zaranj, the capital of the southwestern province of Nimroz, police said. Six people died in the blast, including a provincial state attorney. The bomber entered the compound pretending to be a beggar, the provincial governor said.

Elsewhere in Nimroz, Taliban militants attacked a police checkpoint, killing two police officers, officials said. Seven Taliban fighters also were killed in the exchange.


Aid workers race to aid drenched Haitians

GONAIVES | U.N. peacekeepers and aid groups struggled to feed thousands left hungry by Tropical Storm Hanna, but had yet to reach thousands even as powerful Hurricane Ike approached Saturday with the likelihood of more rain for the flooded city.

Officials feared fatalities in Haiti from Hanna could rise above the 163 confirmed dead, but said a report of a higher death toll was based on an unconfirmed estimate.

More bad weather is expected, which could impede aid deliver, recovery of bodies and - with the ground already saturated and rivers overflowing - kill even more people.


Voting extended in capital city

LUANDA | Angolan election officials extended voting by a day in the capital, but said Saturday that the logistical problems marring the first balloting in 16 years were confined to Luanda.

A former rebel group that is the war-ravaged country’s main opposition said problems were so widespread the entire vote should be redone. One of Africa’s longest civil wars had included a resurgence of fighting after the last elections in 1992 when the party, known as UNITA, rejected results showing it had lost. Angola has been at peace for six years.

Some polling stations stayed open all night Friday to accommodate voters in Luanda, who spent hours in line because of problems that included lack of ballots and absent election officials.


Woman’s body found in suitcase in hotel

TOKYO | The body of an unidentified woman was found in a suitcase in a Tokyo hotel room, a day after the foul smell of her body prompted the evacuation of dozens of guests, police said Saturday.

Police are looking for the owner of the suitcase and the person who booked the room on the 24th floor of the Shinjuku Washington Hotel, where the body was found Friday night, a Tokyo police official said.

The body was that of a trim woman in her 50s or 60s who was dressed in a polo shirt and trousers. Her body was curled in the fetal position inside a plastic bag within the suitcase, the official said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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