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Archive for Sunday, January 7, 2001

Wolrd Briefs

January 7, 2001

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Spain
New mom gives birth during Epiphany parade

A pregnant woman watching an Epiphany parade symbolizing the arrival of the Three Kings with gifts for the baby Jesus went into labor and gave birth in the street, news reports said Saturday.

Both the mother and her infant boy are in good shape, the news agency Efe said.

The 35-year-old woman started having contractions as she watched the parade in the southern town of Benalmadena in Malaga province and tried to make it to the hospital, but the crowd was too thick for her to move.

So she sat down on a bench and waited for the Red Cross, and eventually gave birth right there, Efe said. The woman's name was not released.




Iran
Bus crash kills 12 after driver falls asleep

A bus slammed into an electric post in southern Iran early Saturday after the driver fell asleep, killing 12 people and injuring 20 others, state-run Tehran radio reported. The accident took place on the Bandar Abbas-Abadan road near the port city of Dilam, the radio quoted a police official as saying Saturday.

The radio said the bus driver had fallen asleep at the wheel. The broadcast said the injured were taken to a hospital in Dilam. Despite the construction of several highways connecting main cities to ease traffic congestion, Iran is notorious for bad driving and traffic accidents.




Japan
Choking man saved by vacuum cleaner

A Japanese man choking on a sticky, glutinous rice cake was saved when his daughter sucked the glob out with a vacuum cleaner, an official said Saturday.

Local fire station official Toshiyuki Matsuura said the 70-year-old man from northern Japan suddenly began gasping for air Tuesday as he chewed on a piece of "mochi," a food traditionally eaten by the Japanese around New Year's.

Family members first tried unsuccessfully to remove the food with their fingers. Then his daughter, 46, grabbed a vacuum cleaner, took out the man's dentures, and stuck the hose into his mouth with the switch turned to "high."

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