Mon, Sep 03, 2007 - Page 7 News List

World News Quick Take

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■ UNITED STATE

Felix upped to category 2

Hurricane Felix, the second hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season, was upgraded yesterday to a category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 160kph, the National Hurricane Center reported. A tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch remained in effect for the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao and a tropical storm watch remained in effect for Jamaica.

■ DENMARK

Protest turns violent

A protest by hundreds of youth activists turned violent early yesterday, with protesters setting fire to street barricades and cars and smashing shop windows, police said. One officer was injured and at least 25 people were arrested as riot police clashed with rock-throwing youth in the Norrebro district of Copenhagen, police spokesman Mads Firlings said. The unrest started after a demon-stration late on Saturday to commemorate the Youth House -- a makeshift cultural center for the city's anarchists and disaffected youth that was demolished in March. "It's six months since we cleared the house there, and they want to show they've not forgotten," Firlings said.

■ SOUTH AFRICA

Flight crew member sedated

A South African Airways cabin crew attendant had to be restrained and sedated after an outburst during a flight from Lagos to Johannesburg, the airline said. The crew member "became abusive and threatening" shortly after takeoff at about midnight local time. The unidentified flight attendant was sedated by a medical doctor onboard to "ensure passenger safety and comfort." The flight attendant was arrested and taken into police custody at Tambo International Airport after landing, the airline said, without giving more details on the incident.

■ MEXICO

Henriette kills six

Six people died when rocks crushed their houses in a landslide in the Acapulco after Tropical Storm Henriette strafed the country's Pacific coast, local authorities said. Five of the dead were children, according to a report released by the city's civil protection authority. The town has many flimsy houses built on an outlying hillside, which makes them vulnerable to bad weather. The US National Hurricane Center warned that Henriette could become a full hurricane on Saturday night or yesterday. On Saturday afternoon, the center said Henriette was passing Mexico some 145km southwest of Manzanillo.

■ UNITED STATES

`Black Widow' wins again

When it comes to wolfing wings, Sonya Thomas is a wiz. The 48kg competitive eater who is called "The Black Widow" bested a dozen beefy rivals on Saturday night, scarfing 173 wings in 12 minutes to win the wing-eating contest at the National Buffalo Wing Festival as she did in 2004. That's 2.35kg of wings. Thomas, 40, who is originally from South Korea and now lives in Alexandria, Virginia, is "the crowd favorite," said Brian Kahle, spokesman for the annual event in the city where Buffalo wings were born. "It was 12 huge guys and her." Thomas has set numerous records in competitive eating events, including 37 hot dogs in 12 minutes; 35 bratwursts in 10 minutes; 11 pounds of cheesecake in 9 minutes and 44 lobsters in 12 minutes. She is ranked No. 5 by the International Federation of Competitive Eating.

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