Fri, Apr 27, 2007 - Page 6 News List

World News Quick Take

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■ TURKEY

Nuclear talks slow going

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana ruled out yesterday any "great breakthrough" in his talks with Iranian negotiator Ali Larijani on Tehran's controversial nuclear program. "We had a constructive meeting [but] we will not be in a position to make a great breakthrough during this visit," he told reporters. Solana and Larijani arrived on Wednesday and had a five-hour meeting about ending the stand-off resulting from Iran's defiance of UN Security Council demands for it to stop enriching uranium. Speaking to reporters late on Wednesday, Larijani reported some progress, telling reporters: "There are ideas on the table ... In about two weeks time again we would be having some more talks."

■ UNITED KINGDOM

Blaze halts trains

Trains stopped running and more than 200 people evacuated yesterday because of a large fire near railway tracks in south London, the fire brigade and Southeastern trains said. "A range of buildings of one or two floors in an area of 150 by 50m, 60 percent of buildings are alight," a fire brigade spokeswoman said. The fire took place in Lewisham. The spokeswoman said a 200m exclusion zone had been thrown up around the area and about 200 people evacuated by police. No one was hurt and about 40 firefighting trucks were on the scene.

■ UNITED STATES

Calls for Wolfowitz to quit

Calls for the resignation of World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz grew on Wednesday as the European Parliament voiced its displeasure over allegations that Wolfowitz showed favoritism in arranging a promotion and pay package for his girlfriend. The demand by the EU's legislature that the development chief step down comes as a special panel at the bank is investigating whether Wolfowitz violated any bank rules in his handling of the promotion of bank employee Shaha Riza to a high-paying job at the State Department in 2005. The World Bank's 24-member board will ultimately decide what action, if any, to take.

■ UNITED STATES

Cops nab Captain America

A man dressed as the comic book hero Captain America was arrested after allegedly grabbing a woman inappropriately at a Florida bar and fighting with her boyfriend. Raymond Adamcik, 54, was arrested on Saturday night. He later tried to flush marijuana he had likely hidden in his costume down a toilet at a police station, police spokeswoman Jill Frederiksen said. She said a number of patrons at the bar were dressed in costumes as part of a bar crawl. A handful of people dressed as Captain America were asked to step outside so the woman could identify the individual, Frederiksen said.

■ GAMBIA

AIDS expert speaks out

One of Africa's leading AIDS specialists, Souleymane Mboup, has accused the Gambian government of covertly obtaining blood tests from his laboratory to try to convince the world of the efficacy of the Gambian president's herbal remedy for the disease. President Yahya Jammeh has been treating people with HIV in the compound of the presidential palace with herbal rubs and drinks, which he claims are a cure. To the alarm of the International Aids Society (IAS) his patients have stopped taking antiretroviral drugs.

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