World briefs 09/25/01

Tuesday, September 25, 2001

British killer may publish book on serial killers

LONDON -- One of Britain's most infamous murderers will be allowed to publish a book on serial killers after the institution where he is a prisoner dropped efforts Monday to block the book.

Ian Brady is imprisoned at a hospital for the criminally insanein northern England. A lawyer for the facility said Monday that it found no reason the book should not be published.

In a trial that riveted Britain, Brady and his lover, Myra Hindley, received life sentences for murdering a 10-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy in 1966.

The hospital, where Brady is a prisoner, was granted a court order Sept. 11 to obtain a copy of his manuscript on serial killers and a temporary ban on publication.

The book contains no references to Brady's own crimes.

Kuwait's ruler moved out of intensive care

KUWAIT -- The emir of Kuwait, treated in a London hospital since suffering a brain hemorrhage, has been moved from the intensive care unit to a private room, the health minister said Monday.

Sheik Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah, 75, will need several weeks of rest and treatment to make a full recovery, Mohammed al-Jarrallah told Kuwait television.

Officials at London's Cromwell Hospital, where the emir was rushed on Friday, have declined to comment on his condition, citing patient confidentiality rules.

Sheik Jaber is a key U.S. ally in the Persian Gulf. His hospitalization comes as Washington is mobilizing on military and diplomatic fronts for a strike against suspected terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden, believed to be hiding in Afghanistan.

Hurricane moving parallel to Mexico's Pacific coast

MEXICO CITY -- A weaker but still powerful hurricane lashed Mexico's southern Pacific coast with heavy rain and high waves, leaving one fisherman dead. Forecasters said the storm could pass close to the tip of the Baja California peninsula late this week.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami reported Hurricane Juliette's sustained winds at 105 mph, down dramatically from earlier measurements of 145 mph. Nevertheless, Juliette remained a powerful Category 2 hurricane which caused minor flooding and downed trees in the resort of Acapulco as it moved roughly parallel to the coast.

Near the resort city, a fisherman died when his small open boat capsized in heavy seas, the government news agency Notimex reported.

Moscow's main synagogue vandalized

MOSCOW -- Vandals scrawled swastikas and anti-Semitic epithets on Moscow's main synagogue in the first such attack on the building in several years, its chief rabbi said Monday.

The graffiti on the outer columns and walls of the Moscow Choral Synagogue appeared early Sunday before services, but some guards and personnel were inside at the time, Rabbi Adolf Shayevich said.

"It's the first in a long time, five or six years," he said. "Our security is very good, but perhaps they lost some vigilance because it has been peaceful recently."

The rabbi blamed the incident on "hooligans."

-- From wire reports

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