LIMA - A fire swept through a private rehabilitation center for addicts in Peru’s capital yesterday, killing at least 26 people and injuring 10 as firefighters punched holes through walls to rescue residents trapped inside. A resident of the “Christ is Love’’ center for drug and alcohol addicts said he was at breakfast on the second floor when he saw flames coming from the first floor.
Leader on final leg of trip for US care
SANA - Yemen’s president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, was on his way to the United States yesterday for medical treatment, his spokesman said. Ahmed al-Soufi, the president’s press officer, said that Saleh had arrived in London and would leave later yesterday for New York for medical treatment in the United States for wounds suffered in a June assassination attempt in Yemen’s capital. US officials have been trying to get Saleh to leave Yemen, but do not want him to settle permanently in the United States, fearing it would be seen as harboring a leader considered by his nation to have blood on his hands.
High seas delay oil removal on ship
GIGLIO - Rough seas off Italy’s Tuscan coast forced a delay in the planned start yesterday of the operation to remove a half-million gallons of fuel from the grounded Costa Concordia, and officials said pumping may not begin until midweek. But recovery operations continued, and yesterday yielded a 17th body: a woman who was not wearing a life jacket was found by divers on the submerged sixth floor deck, civil protection officials said. Some 16 people remain unaccounted for and are presumed dead.