Archive for Saturday, December 1, 2001

World Briefs

December 1, 2001


Tokyo: Japan finds third case of mad cow disease

Japanese authorities discovered the third case of mad cow disease Friday, adding to concern that the brain-wasting bovine illness may be spreading.

Japan is the only country in Asia whose herds have been affected by the disease, which has ravaged Europe's beef industry, and officials have been scrambling to contain it since the first case was discovered in September.

Jittery consumers got more to worry about Friday, when Japan's Health Ministry announced that a Holstein cow slaughtered on a farm near Tokyo tested positive twice for mad cow disease.

Mad cow disease is believed to spread by recycling meat and bones from infected animals back into feed. The illness is thought to cause the fatal variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob sickness in humans who eat infected meat.

India: Tainted liquor kills 27

Illegal homemade liquor laced with methanol killed at least 27 people in Natham in southern India and hospitalized 120 others, police said.

It was the third mass liquor poisoning in the area since September. At least 89 people have died despite a government ban on shops selling such liquor.

In the latest incident, three people, including the liquor vendor, were arrested and three policemen were suspended from work for dereliction of duty, said M. Chidambarasamy, the deputy director-general of police.

Two people died Thursday shortly after consuming the brew, and another 25 died in the hospital Friday.

Liquor poisonings are common in India. Cheap homemade brew is mixed with methyl alcohol, which in too large a dose can cause blindness or death.

Taiwan: Historic election slated

Taiwan's legislative elections today could lead to a new round of political feuding and gridlock, or the vote could produce the island's first coalition government.

As soon as the polls opened, voters began lining up at schools, temples and office buildings to pick a new 225-seat legislature and to select leaders in a total of 23 cities and counties.

This is the first major vote since Taiwanese made history last year by electing Chen Shui-bian, the island's first president from an opposition party.

Moscow: Another body found in wreckage of Kursk

Workers combing through the wreckage of the nuclear submarine Kursk have recovered another body of the 118 people who died in the disaster, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported Friday.

The find brings to 61 the number of bodies that have been recovered; 57 of the bodies have been identified.

The Kursk's wreckage was raised from the Barents Sea and brought to a dry dock in October, more than a year after it exploded and sank during naval exercises.

The cause of the disaster remains under investigation.

Latvia: New memorial marks Nazi killing field

Latvian leaders and Holocaust survivors from around Europe on Friday unveiled a monument to 30,000 Jews slain 60 years ago on the outskirts of the capital of this former Soviet republic.

The People's Union, a private German charity organization devoted to remembering victims of World War II, paid $242,000 to build the memorial, which consists of thousands of unmarked, tightly packed stones spread across an area the size of a soccer field.

The stones are meant to represent victims, forced by Nazis to lie in pits on top of people already shot before being shot themselves.

About 80,000 Latvian Jews, or 80 percent of the pre-war community, were killed during the 1941-44 Nazi occupation.

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