155 victims of Austrian
train fire identified following mountain tragedy
run past the Arc de Triomphe during Armistice Day ceremonies in
Paris Saturday. The ceremonies pay tribute to 1.5 million French
soldiers who died during the first world war.
In Austrian Alps Train Fire
least 150 people were killed on Saturday when an Austrian funicular
train packed with youthful skiers was destroyed in an Alpine tunnel
blaze so fierce it left almost nothing behind but twisted metal.
The death toll may have been as high as 170. The government declared
a state of national mourning after what was believed to be the
worst disaster ever in a country which has seen more than its
fair share of fatal avalanches and mountain tragedies. "Terrible
scenes were played out in the cabin that suddenly filled with
smoke," one shaken German aboard the train said. "Afraid they
were going to die, they screamed as they tried to pry open the
doors and smash the windows."
A: We're going to have a crazy night at a new disco pub. Are you
B: No, I don't
like places packed
with crazy people.
George W. Bush's campaign filed suit on Saturday to stop hand
recounting of disputed Florida votes but Democrat Al Gore's team
said taking the increasingly hostile presidential election into
court should be reconsidered. Six days after the election was
over with no one being declared president, Bush's team asked a
federal judge in Miami to stop recounting a portion of the vote
by hand in selected counties.
Jiang Zemin's visit to Cambodia yesterday signifies a growing
alliance between the two Asian nations and marks an intensification
of the long-running battle for regional influence between old
foes Beijing and Hanoi.