Britain sets aside vote on constitution for EU

Tuesday, June 7, 2005

LONDON -- Britain shelved a referendum on the European Union constitution Monday, following the charter's rejection by French and Dutch voters. The development strongly suggests the treaty cannot survive in its current form, and removes a major complication for Prime Minister Tony Blair. Across Europe, many people saw the British announcement as a final nail in the coffin of the EU charter.

Aruba volunteers search for missing Ala. teen

ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- About 700 volunteers joined police, soldiers and FBI agents on Monday, combing scrubland and beaches on Aruba's southeastern tip in an unprecedented search for an Alabama teenager who vanished a week ago on a trip to the Dutch Caribbean island. Aruba's government let 4,000 civil servants off work early at 2 p.m. to hunt for Natalee Holloway, 18, of Mountain Brook, Ala. The expanded search began a day after police charged two men in her disappearance.

Normandy honors fallen soldiers on anniversary

UTAH BEACH, France -- On rain-whipped French beaches and in graveyards crowded with white crosses, aging Allied veterans on Monday quietly honored friends who fell 61 years ago during the D-Day landings that changed the course of World War II. Towns across Normandy marked the anniversary with concerts, tributes and Masses to honor the men who died on five beaches during the June 6, 1944, invasion that pierced Adolf Hitler's defenses.

Bolivia president offers to resign amid civil unrest

LA PAZ, Bolivia -- President Carlos Mesa offered to resign Monday night for the second time since March, again seeking to quell weeks of anti-government protests that have paralyzed La Paz and shaken his government. The offer followed a day of demonstrations as tens of thousands of Indians, miners and labor members protested in downtown La Paz in their largest anti-government march in weeks.

School lunches called vulnerable to terrorists

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The government has been looking at the possibility of terrorists targeting food destined for school cafeterias, a federal food safety official said Monday. "The school lunch program is particularly vulnerable," said Carol Maczka, an administrator within the Agriculture Department's Food Safety Inspection Service. Maczka, speaking to the annual conference of the Association of Food and Drug Officials, offered no evidence of specific threats to school lunches. She said her office has studied the vulnerability of three products: milk, spaghetti sauce and egg substitutes.

-- From wire reports

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