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Digest

New leader says nation should turn to Russia

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 9, 2007


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SERBIA

Serbia's new right-wing Parliament speaker said Tuesday the Balkan country should quit striving for closer ties with the West and turn to Russia, hours after he was elected to the post in a move that signaled the return of ultranationalists to power. Tomislav Nikolic, a leader of the Serb Radical Party and admirer of the late President Slobodan Milosevic, was elected to the influential position - second in line behind the president - with the support of the conservative party of outgoing Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica.

HAITI

Migrants say vessel rammed

Haitian migrants say a naval vessel from the island of Turks and Caicos rammed their crowded sailboat twice before it capsized last week, killing at least 61 people, the director-general of Haiti's National Migration Office said Tuesday. Jeanne Bernard Pierre said that the migrants' account hadn't been confirmed but that the government would consider it "criminal" if found true.

CHINA

Company lacked license for drugs

A Chinese company that sold a batch of diethylene glycol, a chemical cousin of antifreeze that killed at least 100 people in Panama, had no license to sell pharmaceuticals, the government said Tuesday. The solvent was falsely identified as glycerin, a sweet-tasting syrup that is a common ingredient in medicine. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said an investigation into the source of the deadly medicine revealed that the Chinese company that originally sold it, Taixing Glycerine Factory, was authorized to sell only chemicals for industrial use.

Elsewhere

Iran: Authorities on Tuesday detained American academic Haleh Esfandiari, director of the Middle East Program at the Smithsonian Institution's Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, said center president Lee Hamilton and her husband. She flew to Iran in December to visit her mother.

Cameroon: An American, Dr. Albert Henn from Massachusetts, was among the 114 people killed when a Kenya Airways jet crashed Saturday, officials said Tuesday.

East Timor: Hundreds of people lined up today to vote in presidential elections, a critical step toward maintaining peace in Asia's newest nation.

Zimbabwe: Riot police broke up a demonstration by dozens of lawyers protesting the arrest of two colleagues outside Zimbabwe's High Court on Tuesday, beating some of them with riot sticks, the independent Law Society and witnesses in Harare said.

[Last modified May 9, 2007, 01:23:56]


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