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Death toll from Central America storms rises to at least 7

Belize

Tropical storms' toll rises to seven

Flash flooding carried away houses and ripped a child from his father's grasp in Belize, raising the death toll from Central America's twin tropical storms to at least seven — with rain still causing floods Tuesday in neighboring Mexico.

The remnants of Pacific Tropical Storm Alma swept over Belize hours before Tropical Storm Arthur roared in from the Caribbean on Saturday at the Mexico-Belize border. The death toll had yet to be confirmed by authorities.

High waters in Belize left dozens stranded on their roofs, washed out a key bridge to the southern section of the country, and damaged highways.

Papaya plantations, shrimp farms and the country's three-month supply of rice were also wiped out.

South Korea

Government rejects U.S. beef imports

South Korean President Lee Myung Bak backed away on Tuesday from a wildly unpopular agreement to resume imports of beef from the United States. Lee had personally approved the deal on April 18. Lee's change of heart follows weeks of demonstrations by tens of thousands of South Koreans who are alarmed and angered that his government would expose them to the purported risks of mad cow disease. His government on Tuesday asked the United States to refrain from shipping beef from animals that were more than 30 months old at time of slaughter.

China

Police stifle protest by grieving parents

Police officers on Tuesday surrounded more than 100 parents protesting shoddy school construction and mourning the deaths of thousands of children during the recent earthquake. The police dragged away several crying mothers and removed some journalists trying to report on the event, according to witnesses and photographs of the protest. The attempt to snuff out the protest was the strongest sign so far of the government's growing impatience with public airing of grievances over unsafe school construction.

Elsewhere

Brazil: Roberto Azevedo, the Brazilian Foreign Ministry's trade chief, said the country will seek sanctions against the United States after winning a World Trade Organization ruling on cotton subsidies. He did not indicate the amount his government would seek. U.S. lawmakers last month overruled a veto by President Bush and forced through a farm bill worth $290-billion that will largely maintain the cotton subsidies for the next five years.

CANADA: Parliament's lower house passed a nonbinding motion Tuesday allowing U.S. military deserters to stay in Canada, but the Conservative government was expected to ignore the vote. There are about 200 American military deserters who came to Canada to avoid service in Iraq.

myanmar: Adm. Timothy Keating said American Navy ships off Myanmar's coast will leave the area after failing to get the junta's permission to help with cyclone relief efforts. Keating said he wants the USS Essex and accompanying vessels to resume their previously scheduled duties on Thursday.

Sweden: The World Association of Newspapers and World Editors Forum condemned the U.N. Human Rights Council on Tuesday, saying it has repeatedly undermined freedom of the press to protect religious sensibilities.

Times wires

Death toll from Central America storms rises to at least 7 06/03/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 4:33pm]
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