- The Washington Times - Monday, December 7, 2009


Firebombs ratchet up shooting protests

ATHENS | Masked youths hurled firebombs and chunks of marble at police during a march in Athens on Sunday to mark the first anniversary of the police shooting of a teenager whose death sparked massive riots.

Police fired volleys of tear gas to disperse the youths in running street battles in the center of the capital as several thousand demonstrators commemorated the death of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos. The teenager’s death sent youths rampaging through cities for two weeks in December 2008.

At least five protesters were injured in Sunday’s clashes, including a woman who was hit by a police motorcycle. Police said 16 officers were hurt.

More than 6,000 police had been deployed across Athens in an effort to prevent violence.


Queen takes on unruly paparazzi

LONDON | Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has warned newspapers not to run unauthorized paparazzi photos of the royal family, Buckingham Palace said Sunday.

The palace said an attorney for the British monarch wrote to newspaper editors about six weeks ago telling them not to publish intrusive photos of the family at home.

The royal family has long had an uncomfortable relationship with photographers. Some people feel media hounding contributed to the death of Princess Diana in a car crash in 1997.

More recently, Princes William Harry have been snapped emerging from nightclubs, and William’s girlfriend, Kate Middleton, was pursued outside her home.


Exit polls show challenger leading

BUCHAREST | Exit polls showed former Foreign Minister Mircea Geoana defeating incumbent Traian Basescu on Sunday in the Romanian presidential race.

Mr. Geoana, the leader of the left-leaning Social Democrats, called the results of the exit polls “a victory for normalcy, a victory for decency, for all citizens who want a better life.”

But Mr. Basescu immediately disputed the outcome, saying that exit polls were deceptive.

The hotly contested presidential runoff was seen as key to resolving almost two months of political crisis and to unfreezing an international loan Romania needs to emerge from recession.


Nobel winners seek changes for women

STOCKHOLM | The two female winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in medicine are urging scientific institutions to change their career structures to help more women reach top positions.

Americans Elizabeth H. Blackburn and Carol W. Greider say more flexible working hours and active measures to get women into decision-making positions are needed to even out the gender gap.

The two laureates arrived in Stockholm on Sunday ahead of next week’s Nobel Prize ceremony. They share this year’s medicine award with countryman Jack W. Szostak for discovering how chromosomes protect themselves as cells divide.

It is the first time two women have shared a Nobel science prize. Over the years, only 10 women have won the medicine prize.

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