- The Washington Times - Monday, July 13, 2009


Oil leak hits famous fjord

OSLO | Norwegian police say a large amount of oil has leaked from a cruise ship in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Geiranger fjord.

Police spokesman Magne Toennoey says authorities have managed to contain the oil in one spot to prevent it from spreading and will try to pump it out of the water. He couldn’t say exactly how much oil was in the water but said it was “a large amount clearly visible from land.”

Mr. Toennoey said the oil leaked from the Bahamas-registered cruise ship Spirit of Adventure on Sunday and that police would investigate the cause of the leak.

The Geiranger fjord in southwestern Norway is one of country’s most popular tourist sites and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site together with Naeroey fjord since 2005.


Jackson sister suspects murder

LONDON | Two British Sunday newspapers said LaToya Jackson thinks her brother Michael Jackson was murdered by a group of conspirators trying to get hold of his fortune.

Ms. Jackson said she knows those responsible for her brother’s death and is determined to see them brought to justice, the News of the World reported.

According to the published interviews with the News of the World and the Mail on Sunday, she did not name any of the people she thinks were involved and did not offer any evidence to support her claim that foul play was involved in the singer’s unexpected death June 25.

Officials are waiting for the return of toxicology reports before determining the cause of Mr. Jackson’s death.


Blood and gore mark bull run

PAMPLONA | Bulls gored four runners, seriously injuring two of them, during a packed running of the bulls on the sixth day of the San Fermin festival Sunday.

One man, a Pamplona resident, was caught in the chest and legs when a large bull became separated from the pack on the slippery cobblestone streets leading to the bullring.

The bull, a Miura weighing 1,268 pounds, jerked the 44-year-old runner upward and then rolled him along the ground in the entrance to the ring. Miuras are the largest and most famous of Spain’s fighting bulls.

The sixth running of the bulls at the annual festival was held two days after a 27-year-old man was gored to death, the first such fatality since 1995.


Former hostage heading home

BERN | A European tourist taken hostage in North Africa in January has been released, Swiss officials said.

The Swiss citizen, who had been held in Mali after his capture with three other tourists, was being checked by a physician and then will be brought back to Switzerland to recover from his six-month ordeal, the Swiss Foreign Ministry said.

One of the four hostages, Edwin Dyer of Britain, was killed by his captors May 31, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said.

The four European tourists — as well as two senior U.N. envoys — were kidnapped near the Mali-Niger border.

Officials have never identified the Swiss man, but Swiss media have identified him as Werner Greiner. His wife, also taken hostage, was released in April with another woman hostage, a German. They were freed with the two U.N. envoys, both Canadian, who had been captured separately in December.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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