Tue, Jun 29, 2004 - Page 7 News List

World News Quick Take


■ Lithuania

Former president elected

Former president Valdas Adamkus won a second term Sunday, beating former prime minister Kazimira Prunskiene in a runoff less than two months after her ally was ousted from office for divulging state secrets. With all of the country's 2,038 polling stations counted, the Central Election Commission said that Adamkus had 52.2 percent of the ballots cast, compared with 47.8 percent for Prunskiene. Champagne corks popped after midnight in the fancy downtown Forum Palace restaurant, where Adamkus and hundreds of his supporters celebrated his victory. "I will start negotiating with candidates on Monday and shaping up my team," Adamkus said.

■ United Kingdom

Bug gaining resistance

Scientists have discovered MRSA "superbug" bacteria which are increasingly resistant to the "last resort" antibiotic in the war against superbugs. A study in eight countries found MRSA bacteria that was becoming more resistant to vancomycin. The news has worried scientists as vancomycin has been the last antibiotic which could be relied on to kill the MRSA superbug. The researchers said they feared that resistance would become more common as more of the antibiotic was used to treat growing numbers of MRSA cases.

■ United States

Moore scores at box office

Michael Moore's anti-Bush movie Fahrenheit 9/11 became the highest-grossing documentary of all time on its first weekend in release, taking in US$21.8 million as it packed theaters across the country this weekend. The movie, mocking US President George W. Bush and criticizing his decision to go to war in Iraq, was No. 1 at the box office, beating out the popular comedies White Chicks and DodgeBall, which were playing on almost triple the number of screens. Theater owners in large cities and smaller towns reported sellout crowds over the weekend, with numerous theaters declaring house records.

■ United States

Lion attacks woman

A woman was attacked by a mountain lion while hiking in central California, but was rescued when her friends stabbed the animal with a knife and threw rocks at it, officials said. Shannon Parker, 27, lost her right eye, was injured in her other eye and suffered deep lacerations to her right thigh during Saturday's attack, said Steve Martarano, a spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Game. Authorities said Parker was hiking with three male friends about 30km north of Kernville when the 31.5kg female lion attacked.

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