US health workers arrested
Police have arrested four health workers from the US on suspicion of dispensing AIDS drugs without a license, the US embassy said on Sunday. An embassy statement said the four members of a Christian volunteer health service from the California-based Allen Temple AIDS ministry were arrested in Harare on Friday and were expected to appear in court yesterday. “They operated from two clinics, one in Mutoko and one in Harare, where they worked primarily with AIDS orphans and HIV positive patients for the past decade,” the embassy said.
TUC to oppose public cuts
Union leaders are warning the government that plans for deep cuts in public spending will be met by a wave of strikes and demonstrations. The country’s main union federation, the Trades Union Congress (TUC), was due to call for coordinated resistance yesterday during its annual conference in Manchester. The government says departments must slash spending by up to 25 percent in a bid to reduce the £155 billion (US$240 billion) deficit. It is due to announce details of the cuts next month. The unions say more than 200,000 jobs are at risk and claim the cuts will devastate police forces, schools and other public services. TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said the cuts “will do irreparable economic and social damage.”
Train crashes into digger
A high-speed train traveling from Stockholm to Malmo smashed into a backhoe on Sunday, injuring 16 people, including one seriously TT news agency reported. Three train cars were damaged in the collision, the exact circumstances of which were not clear, said Ostergotland region police spokesman Michael Skoog. Some 250 people were traveling on the train when it crossed an area where repairs were being conducted on the line and hit the backhoe, the spokesman said.
Bomb suspect unknown
Police are still trying to establish the identity of the suspect in a Copenhagen hotel bombing, 48 hours after having arrested him, a spokesman admitted on Sunday. Investigators say the man speaks at least three languages but is refusing to say who he is. In court on Saturday he said he could recall neither his name nor his age. The suspect, who received the help of a French interpreter during his court appearance, was also charged with possession of a firearm before being remanded into custody. The accused, on crutches, with the lower part of one leg missing, denied the charges. The suspect, who was arrested in a park near the hotel soon after Friday’s blast, spoke English, French and German, but not Arabic, said Svend Foldager, the police inspector leading the investigation.
Congress sparks protest
Hundreds of protesters demonstrated on the streets of Montreal on Sunday, calling for an end to “dirty, risky” oil exploration ahead of a global gathering of energy experts. A dozen protesters covered in molasses staged a “Black Tide Beach Party,” while dozens of others carried banners that read: “Too dirty, too risky, go beyond oil.” A blond baby boy smeared in brown sticky molasses wailed in his activist father’s arms, while protesters used megaphones to slam the provincial Quebec government of Jean Charest for inviting oil companies to the five-day World Energy Congress at the sprawling Palais de Congres. About 5,000 participants from industry, government and academia were expected to attend the conference, scheduled to officially open on Sunday evening. The event was expected to tackle global energy issues, such as improving access to energy in the world’s poorer regions and the role of new technologies in ensuring a sustainable energy future.