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■ United States

Schiavo action postponed

The US Congress on Sunday put off action on legislation aimed at prolonging the life of brain-damaged Terri Schiavo in the face of objections to the latest move in the emotionally charged case pitting Christian conservatives against right-to-die activists. US House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert, an Illinois Republican, convened the House in a rare Sunday session, but immediately recessed it to prevent some Democrats from voicing their opposition. Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee said the Senate was prepared to pass the measure after the House acted, expected early yesterday morning.

■ Mexico

Five die as bridge collapses

Five people were killed and nine more remain missing in the collapse of a bridge in the Mexican state of Tabasco, a spokeswoman at Mexico's Ministry for Public Safety said late Sunday. The mishap over the River Amatlan in the city of Tacotalpa left another 37 people injured. The bridge was described as a wooden construction held up by steel cables. The structure was designed to hold the weight of 25 people but was carrying about 70 people when it collapsed, sending the crowd falling 15m into the river, the government spokeswoman said.

■ Honduras

Guns-for-drugs deal foiled

Honduras said on Sunday that it had discovered an arms-and-drug trafficking operation linking Colombian rebels and arms traffickers in Honduras and Nicaragua. Honduran Security Minister Oscar Alvarez said arms traffickers in Honduras were shipping mostly AK-47 assault rifles to Colombia's largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, in exchange for drugs. "The drugs were presumably then destined for the United States, although some of it stayed here," said ministry spokesman Leonel Sauceda. Three Hondurans involved in the scheme have been identified, with two in custody and the third managing the operation from within his prison cell.

■ United States

Automaker DeLorean dies

John DeLorean, an innovative automaker who left a promising career in Detroit to develop the short-lived gull-winged sports cars featured as a souped-up time travel machine in the Back to the Future movies, has died. He was 80. DeLorean died Saturday at Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey, of complications from a recent stroke, said Paul Connell, an owner of A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Directors in Royal Oak, Michigan, which was handling arrangements. DeLorean was among just a handful of US entrepreneurs who dared start a car company in the last 75 years. Nearly all faded away, but his crashed spectacularly amid drug charges.

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