23 bodies found in landslide; 100 missing

Colombia

23 bodies found in landslide; 100 missing

Rescue workers recovered 23 bodies but said more than 100 people remained missing Monday after a landslide that buried a poor Medellin suburb amid Colombia's heaviest rains in decades. The rains that triggered Sunday's landslide have also driven thousands from their homes, damaged coffee and flower crops and snarled the two-lane highways that are Colombia's commercial backbone. "Among the 23 bodies recovered are 11 children," said John Rendon, disaster coordinator for Antioquia state. Local authorities said nine of the children were playing in a park.

greece

Riots return two years after death

Protesting youths rioted in central Athens for more than six hours Monday, attacking police with rocks, flares and petrol bombs, after a student rally marking two years since the fatal police shooting of a teenage boy. The boy's death in 2008 sparked Greece's worst riots in decades, led to an surge in attacks by militant groups and continued anti-government violence as the country grapples with a serious debt crisis. On Monday, police detained 83 youths in Athens, and five people were hurt. The clashes stretched from Parliament to the site where 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos was shot, a mile away.

italy

Balloonists' bodies found at sea

The bodies of two missing U.S. hot-air balloonists were found Monday off the Adriatic Sea coastline when the wreckage of their balloon was caught in the nets of a fishing trawler. Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer Davis were last heard from on Sept. 29 when they sent a distress signal to air traffic controllers in Brindisi that their aircraft was rapidly losing altitude in bad weather. The balloonists' body suits designed for high altitude helped in part to preserve their corpses, officials said. Documents in the wreckage appeared to confirm their identities. Abruzzo, 47, and Rymer Davis, 65, were competing in a race that began on Sept. 25 in Bristol, England.

haiti

More than 2,000 dead of cholera

Haitian officials say more than 2,000 people have died of cholera since late October. According to the official count, more than 91,700 people have been sickened by the disease.

New Zealand

Protected seals clubbed to death

Attackers wielding bats or clubs slaughtered two dozen fur seals, including newborn pups, over several days at one of New Zealand's most popular sanctuaries for watching the animals, officials said Monday. The Department of Conservation said the bludgeoned bodies of 23 fur seals had been found a rocky stretch of coastline.

France

Peace pact in family feud

France's richest woman and her daughter have resolved a protracted legal dispute over more than $1.3 billion that swelled into a national scandal and raised questions about the future of the family fortune, lawyers said Monday. "There is no more case as far as we are concerned," lawyer Olivier Metzner said. L'Oreal cosmetics heiress Liliane Bettencourt, 88, and her daughter Francoise Bettencourt Meyers have reconciled, Metzner said.

Times wires

23 bodies found in landslide; 100 missing 12/06/10 [Last modified: Monday, December 6, 2010 11:05pm]

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