French Labor Activists

Trigger Power Outages

PARIS -- French labor activists claimed responsibility for power outages Monday that delayed thousands of rail passengers in Paris and they warned of more protests against plans to privatize French utilities. Service to the St. Lazare station was disrupted by the outages that began at 3:30 a.m. and three other main stations suffered partial power losses. Trains were back to normal by midday. Power was also cut off to the home of a conservative parliamentarian from the Lot region who advocates reform of the national utilities, France-Info radio reported.


* MEXICO CITY -- Mexico has captured two of the country's most wanted drug traffickers, Attorney General Rafael Macedo de la Concha said. Efrain Perez and Jorge Aureliano Felix, considered the top remaining lieutenants of the Arellano Felix drug organization, were arrested on June 3 in Tijuana, with the assistance of U.S. intelligence, Macedo said.

* BOGOTA, Colombia -- A car bomb exploded near a police station and a church in Colombia's second-largest city, injuring 10 people, including a priest and two pregnant women, police said. The blast in Medellin knocked down walls and damaged a Catholic church during morning Mass.


* BUKAVU, Congo -- Troops loyal to a renegade commander clashed with government forces on the outskirts of this strategic eastern city, deepening a crisis that could derail a peace process that ended years of war in Africa's third-largest country. The fighting erupted after government forces tried to return to Bukavu after rebels, who had seized the city last week, pledged to withdraw.

* KIGALI, Rwanda -- A court sentenced former president Pasteur Bizimungu to 15 years in prison for threatening national security, embezzlement and fomenting ethnic divisions as the nation sought to recover from the 1994 genocide. Bizimungu, a member of the Hutu majority, became president when Tutsi rebels set up a government of national unity. He resigned in March 2000 after disputes with current President Paul Kagame's Rwandan Patriotic Front party over the prosecution of ministers accused of corruption and mismanagement.


* BEIRUT -- Israeli warplanes fired at least four rockets at a Palestinian guerrilla base about five miles south of Beirut in the closest attack to the Lebanese capital since Israel ended its occupation of southern Lebanon in May 2000, Lebanese and Israeli officials said. The Israeli military said the attack was in retaliation for a missile fired at a naval vessel earlier in the day. There were no immediate reports of casualties.


* RANGOON, Burma -- Burma's military government freed nine supporters of detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a week after they were arrested while handing out leaflets on human rights. The men staged the protest on the first anniversary of Suu Kyi's arrest.

"I distributed the leaflets because I wanted the general public to know the human rights that they deserve," Myint Oo told reporters after the group was freed.

-- From News Services