Photo of dying Princess Diana sparks outrage

Saturday, July 15, 2006

LONDON -- An Italian magazine's decision to print a photo of a dying Princess Diana set off anger Friday in Britain, with tabloid newspapers leading the protests against the image and her sons expressing sadness. The black-and-white photo in Chi magazine showed the princess receiving oxygen in the wreckage of the car crash that killed her on Aug. 31, 1997. The picture was from "Lady Diana: The Criminal Investigation," a new book by French author Jean-Michel Caradec'h.

Activists detained ahead of G-8 summit in Russia

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Protesters demonstrating against this weekend's Group of Eight summit are barely visible, but not by choice. Authorities have limited their activities to a stadium in a hard-to-reach part of the city. "At this stadium it's like we are in the zoo, fenced in with these bars," said Ivan Lokh, one of about 400 people who came Friday to the Russian Social Forum, the formal name of the protest gathering. "The authorities want to show there's no opposition in the country." More than 200 people were detained en route to the "countersummit" or removed from planes and trains, and countless others harassed by police, organizers said.

Polish president swears in twin as prime minister

WARSAW, Poland -- Poland's president swore in his identical twin brother Friday as prime minister, along with a socially conservative Cabinet made up largely of the same ministers who resigned in a shake-up days earlier. President Lech Kaczynski shook hands with his brother, Jaroslaw, before the new prime minister recited the oath of office and finished with "so help me God" -- in contrast with many of Poland's former ex-communist leaders who left it out. The 57-year-old brothers are former activists in the Solidarity movement that helped topple communist rule in 1989-1990. Both ran on a pledge to fight the cronyism that has since flourished.

Japan insists on resolution against North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea -- Japan insisted on a U.N. Security Council resolution threatening sanctions against North Korea for its recent missile tests as diplomats scrambled to unify competing proposals. South Korea said it was dispatching envoys to China, Japan and the United States to coordinate the response to the crisis. At a summit in Russia this weekend, the Group of Eight major industrialized nations were expected to issue a statement demanding North Korea refrain from any more launches, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported.

British bankers to face Enron-related charges

HOUSTON -- Three British bankers arrived at the federal courthouse in Houston on Friday to face Enron Corp.-related charges after losing a lengthy battle to avoid extradition. It was not clear whether their bail would allow them to return to London or restrict them to the Houston area pending trial. The three men are each charged with seven counts of wire fraud.

-- From wire reports

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