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June 8, 2003

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Croatia: Pontiff seeks to heal wounds of division

Pope John Paul II sought to heal the wounds of recent war and overcome ancient religious divisions Saturday in a Mass for 200,000 people who packed an airfield under a punishing sun.

Two people died of heat-related heart attacks during the ceremony in the eastern city of Osijek. At least 500 others sought medical treatment, including 150 who were hospitalized because of the 100-degree temperatures.

The frail, 83-year-old pope -- swathed in heavy robes but protected from the sun by a white canopy -- slumped in his chair at times but got through the ceremony. After finishing his homily, he briefly buried his head in his hands.

Wales: Horse wins again in race against man

Once again, four legs triumphed over two Saturday when a horse won the annual Man vs. Horse Race.

Thirty horse-and-rider teams took on 300 individuals and 60 relay teams in the 22-mile race.

The winning horse, Druimghigha Shemal, finished in 2 hours, 2 minutes, beating the fastest individual runner Mark Croasdale, who crossed the line in 2:17:00.

Humans are given a 15-minute head start in the race, which has been held for more than 20 years. In 2001, a three-man team beat the fastest horse, but no one has claimed the large cash prize offered to the first single human to win.

Myanmar: U.N. envoy cannot secure release of leader

A special U.N. envoy failed Saturday to meet or secure the release of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, despite international criticism of her detention and U.S. threats of tighter economic sanctions against Myanmar's ruling junta.

Envoy Razali Ismail, on the second day of his five-day mission, said he was still pressing generals who secreted Suu Kyi to an unknown location after a bloody clash in northern Myanmar nine days ago.

Razali met for more than an hour with Gen. Khin Nyunt, Myanmar's intelligence chief and third-ranking leader, as well as foreign ministry officials. Khin Nyunt had earlier lashed out at the Nobel Peace Prize winner and her National League for Democracy.

India: Death toll passes 1,400 in deadly heat wave

Rains cooled parts of India scorched by a heat wave, but the death toll from the hot weather still rose to at least 1,438, officials said Saturday.

Thirty-six more deaths were reported Friday in the worst-affected southern state of Andhra Pradesh, raising its toll from heat in the past three weeks to 1,317, State Relief Commissioner D.C. Roshaiah said.

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