Archive for Sunday, April 29, 2001

World briefs

April 29, 2001



Anti-nuclear activist spray paints British sub

Britain's navy was reviewing security at a Scottish base Saturday after a Danish anti-nuclear activist swam past guards and spray-painted "useless" on the hull of a Trident submarine.

Guards at Faslane Naval Base spotted the woman early Friday minutes after she emerged from the water inside the sub's berth, a military police spokesman said.

The Scotsman newspaper identified the activist as Ulla Roder, 45, of Denmark. Police did not release a name but confirmed that a Danish protester was arrested.

She is believed to have swum for several hours to get inside the secure zone around the base, home to Britain's fleet of nuclear submarines. An investigation was launched to determine how she avoided security.


Monks ask God to prevent pope's visit

Orthodox monks and nuns prayed through the night, appealing to God to stop Pope John Paul II from visiting Athens. The visit is scheduled Friday and Saturday.

About 400 monks, nuns and faithful prayed from sunset Friday to dawn Saturday.

The gathering was one sign of how the first visit by a pope to Greece in 1,291 years has enraged many here and sharply divided the clergy. Churches and monasteries are planning to protest the visit.

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