Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


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INDIA Unrelenting Heat Wave Kills 91, Sets A Record

Temperatures soared Monday to a 50-year record in India's northern plains and deserts, in a heat wave that has killed 91 people in a week and left Indians gasping for rain.

The temperature climbed to 115 degrees in New Delhi, the weather bureau said, but most of the heat-stroke victims were in the western state of Rajasthan, which recorded 120 degrees.

This year, the monsoons arrived Friday at India's southern tip, but they will take up to six weeks to travel north. For two weeks, New Delhi's newspapers have charted the heat wave on their front pages. Doctors warned people to stay indoors between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. AP

***** ANGOLA Renewed Attacks Kill 100, Undercut Peace Process

More than 100 people were reported killed Monday in intense bombardments of three cities. The attacks threatened to end struggling peace talks between the Angolan government and UNITA rebels.

The fighting in government-held Malanje and reports of the bombing of rebel-held Huambo prevented an investigative mission to those cities by Sens. Paul Simon, D-Ill., Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Russell D. Feingold, D-Wis.

The senators met Monday with Angolan president Jose Eduardo dos Santos at the start of a three-day visit.

The renewed fighting also has disrupted relief shipments that are the only source of food for tens of thousands of Angolans, many of whom face starvation, the World Food Program announced. AP

***** CUBA 100 Seeking To Leave Get Promise Of Leniency

More than 100 Cuban asylum-seekers holed up in the Belgian ambassador's residence in Havana will not be punished if they give up their bid to leave Cuba that way and leave the premises peacefully, a Foreign Ministry official said Monday.

The official indicated that the assurance would be made in writing to Belgian authorities, who have sought a written guarantee.

One of the group staying in the residence since Saturday left the premises early Monday, another Cuban official said. The official said the young man left the residence, a villa in the Miramar district with a large garden, and was not stopped by police.

The scene outside the Belgian residence Monday was unchanged from the weekend, with police standing by in a small park opposite the villa. The streets around the residence were closed off. Reuters

***** COLOMBIA Presidential Candidates Stump For Runoff In June

Colombia's top two presidential candidates searched Monday for extra votes to clinch victory in a runoff June 19 after the nation's closest election this century resulted in a virtual tie. …

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