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Tourists FOCUS ON former imf leader


The New York apartment where former IMF leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn is under house arrest on sexual assault charges has become a new tourist hot spot.

On Sunday, open-top buses passed by, with cameras pointed at the luxury high-rise in lower Manhattan where Strauss-Kahn was holed up with his wife, Anne Sinclair.

She left in the morning, getting into an SUV, destination unknown. Sinclair returned about four hours later.

Sinclair, a prominent French TV journalist before her marriage to Strauss-Kahn, has stood by her husband since his arrest a week ago. The 62-year-old economist is accused of sexually assaulting a maid in his suite at Sofitel, near Manhattan's Times Square. He has denied the allegations.

Strauss-Kahn was released from Rikers Island jail on Friday on $1 million bail plus a further $5 million bond.


Songwriter found dead in apartment

Joseph Brooks, the Academy Award-winning songwriter of You Light Up My Life who was awaiting trial on charges of sexually assaulting more than a dozen women, was found dead Sunday of an apparent suicide in his Manhattan apartment, police said.

Brooks, 73, was discovered in his Upper East Side apartment around 12:30 p.m. by a friend with whom he had planned to have lunch, police spokesman Paul Browne said. It was not immediately clear how long his body had been there.


Passenger jet makes emergency landing

An El Al jet with 260 passengers and crippled landing gear safely made an emergency landing at Israel's international airport today, rescue services said.

Spokesman Zaki Heller said the jet landed at dawn as dozens of medical crews stood by and local hospitals were put on alert.

Earlier, media reported that the Boeing 777 had been en route to Newark, N.J., when the problem was discovered and it was forced to turn back. The jet dumped its fuel into the Mediterranean in preparation for the landing.


Governing party routed in elections

The governing Socialist Party suffered heavy losses on Sunday in regional and municipal elections, even as tens of thousands of Spaniards calling themselves the "indignant" said they would pursue their protests to force an overhaul of the political system.

Conceding defeat, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said that his Socialist Party had been understandably punished by voters for overseeing an economic crisis that had left Spain with a 21 percent jobless rate, more than twice the European average.


Honduras: Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya signed an accord with his successor Sunday that will permit Zelaya's return to his homeland and the country's re-entry into the Organization of American States.

China: The premier confirmed today that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is traveling in China, invited to learn from Chinese reforms in a push to get North Korea to remold its economy.

Georgia: The police clashed with antigovernment protesters on Sunday as hundreds of demonstrators demanded the ouster of President Mikheil Saakashvili.

Times wires