- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Main street bar hit by gunmen

CIUDAD JUAREZ | Mexican prosecutors says a gang of armed assailants burst into a bar in the border city of Ciudad Juarez and fatally shot five men.

A spokesman for the Chihuahua state prosecutors’ office says the attack took place early Monday at Gabino’s, located on a main boulevard in Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas.

Arturo Sandoval says the victims ranged in age from 25 to 30. Four men were killed six months ago in a shooting at the same bar. Prosecutors have not established a motive in the killings.

Drug-related violence has made Ciudad Juarez Mexico’s deadliest city, with more than 1,700 killings so far this year.


Help sought for swine flu

HAVANA | Cuba called Monday on the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization to help it acquire doses of a vaccine against the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu.

“The new vaccine against the A(H1N1) virus, which has begun being administered in more developed countries, is highly effective, but also very expensive,” Health Minister Luis Estruch said.

“Our country is seeking the cooperation of the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization in obtaining the vaccine so it can be administered to those people most vulnerable to the virus,” he said.

Speaking to official daily newspaper Granma, Mr. Estruch said that Cuba has purchased stocks of the seasonal flu vaccine, which does not specifically protect against swine flu, and would vaccinate the population groups at greatest risk.


Interim government warms to talks

TEGUCIGALPA | An emergency decree that prohibited large street protests and limited other civil liberties following the return of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya will be repealed within 24 hours, the country’s interim leader said Monday.

The decree, which resulted in dozens of arrests and the closing of two pro-Zelaya media outlets, is no longer necessary because “we have peace in the country,” interim President Roberto Micheletti told the privately owned Channel 5 television network.

The interim president said his ministers planned to repeal the 45-day order at a meeting later Monday and it would be lifted as of Tuesday, when their decision is published in the government’s official gazette.

Honduras’ interim leaders issued the decree Sept. 27 in response to “calls for insurrection” by Mr. Zelaya as the ousted president sought refuge in the Brazilian Embassy after sneaking back into the country. He remains holed up in the embassy with dozens of supporters amid international diplomatic efforts to end the crisis.


Tiger teaches trespassing lesson

TORONTO | A man who broke into the Calgary Zoo overnight and scaled a fence around a tiger exhibit is hospitalized with serious injuries to his arms after he was attacked by a tiger.

Zoo spokesman Grahame Newton says two men, both 27, broke into the zoo at about 1 a.m. early Monday by scaling an 8-foot-high main fence topped with barbed wire.

Mr. Newton says one man climbed an outer safety fence around the tiger enclosure. A Siberian tiger, a 2-year-old male named Vitali, hooked the man with a claw and pulled the man’s arm through the inner fence.

Police are investigating and say they are considering charges of breaking and entering. They haven’t determined whether alcohol was involved.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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