Foreign Digest


August 02, 2005

Resurgent rains in India hamper search for bodies

BOMBAY, India - Renewed downpours lashed Bombay yesterday, slowing efforts to retrieve bodies as the death toll crept toward 1,000 after six days of rains that have paralyzed India's financial capital.

Floodwaters poured into houses in Bombay's northern suburbs, as navy divers tried to rescue people in low-lying areas. Residents were ordered to stay home for a second straight day as heavy rains, which began late Sunday, pounded western India.

Flooding and landslides have killed 924 people in western Maharashtra state in six days. As many as 421 people were killed in Bombay alone, officials said. A record 37 inches fell July 26, cutting off the state from the rest of the country.

U.K. officer meets parents of slain Brazilian man

SAO PAULO, Brazil - A senior British law official met yesterday with the parents of the Brazilian shot to death by mistake in a London terrorist hunt, to express condolences and discuss compensation, a British Embassy spokesman said.

John Yates, deputy assistant commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police, met with Maria Menezes and Matzinhos da Silva, the parents of Jean-Charles de Menezes. Yates was accompanied by British Ambassador Peter Collecott.

Menezes, who worked as an electrician, was killed July 22 in a London subway station as police investigated a sequence of failed bombings the day before.

Jewish settlers back off plan to protest pullout

JERUSALEM - Jewish settlers appeared to back down yesterday from plans to defy a police ban against a mass march to protest the uprooting of settlements. The move was seen as a sign that resistance to Israel's pullout from Gaza and part of the West Bank in less than three weeks may be crumbling.

After a day of defiant declarations that thousands would gather in the town of Sderot next to Gaza today and march into the doomed Gaza settlements to reinforce the resistance, the head of the settlers' council said there would be no move on Gaza.

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