Tourist stabbed in robbery
A 61-year-old Japanese tourist was in serious condition Saturday after being stabbed and then hit by a car while trying to escape from robbers in the upscale Copacabana district in Rio de Janeiro, authorities said. Yoshiko Magoshi was attacked Friday night by eight men while walking with her husband along the city's famous Copacabana beach, said Claudia Guerreiro, a spokes-woman for Rio's public safety secretary. Magoshi was stabbed in the stomach, then struck by a car after running into heavy traffic on one of the tourist district's main avenues at about 7:30pm, Guerreiro said.
Evidence of Atlantis found
An American researcher on the trail of the lost city of Atlantis has discovered evidence of man-made structures submerged in the sea between Cyprus and Syria, a member of his team said on Saturday. Robert Sarmast, who is convinced the fabled city lurks in the watery depths off Cyprus, was set to give details of his findings yesterday. "Something has been found to indicate very strongly that there are man-made structures somewhere between Cyprus and Syria," a spokesperson for the mission told reporters. The mystery of Atlantis, both whether it existed and why it disappear-ed, has fired the imagination of explorers for decades.
Palestinians can carry guns
Officials have decided to allow Palestinian security forces to continue carrying guns in public, military sources said Saturday, in a move aimed at building goodwill with the new Palestinian leadership. Israel barred Palestinian security forces from carrying guns in early 2002 after a large Israeli offensive into the West Bank, launched in response to a deadly suicide bombing. With rare exceptions, any Palestinian carrying a weapon risked being shot by Israeli soldiers. Israel lifted the ban ahead of Palestinian Yasser Arafat's burial, which was attended by tens of thousands of people Friday.
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Cheney leaves hospital
US Vice President Dick Cheney, who has a history of heart attacks, went to a Washington hospital on Saturday after experiencing shortness of breath but later left for home and said he was fine. Cheney, 63, has had a cold and aides said his cardiologist, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, advised him to visit George Washington University Hospital out of an abundance of caution. Reiner later issued a statement ruling out "any cardiac cause" of Cheney's symptoms and also ruled out pneumonia and lung problems. "The vice president likely has a viral, upper respiratory infection," Reiner said in a statement. Walking toward his motorcade as he departed the hospital, Cheney told reporters, "I feel fine."