Toll From Floods in Haiti

Rises to at Least 1,070

GONAIVES, Haiti -- The death toll from floods in Haiti has risen to more than 1,070 and could reach 2,000, an official of the government's civil protection agency said Wednesday.

Rescuers counted 1,013 bodies recovered from floodwaters, mud and collapsed homes in Gonaives alone by Wednesday night, said the official, Dieufort Deslorges. Another 58 bodies have been recovered elsewhere in Haiti's northwest province following Tropical Storm Jeanne.

In Gonaives, workers using dump trucks buried more than 100 bodies in a 14-foot-deep hole -- the first mass grave for the flood victims.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched a worldwide appeal for $3.3 million to fund relief operations to 40,000 Haitian victims, and several nations were sending aid.

the Americas

* BRASILIA -- Brazil has reached an accord with the U.N. atomic watchdog agency to allow inspections of its uranium enrichment plant and protect its nuclear technology, Brazil's Ministry of Science and Technology said.

Under the accord, which addresses Brazilian fears of industrial espionage, the International Atomic Energy Agency will not be allowed to make visual inspections of the centrifuges at the Resende plant in Rio de Janeiro state, which are set to enrich uranium for energy generation, a spokesman for the ministry said. The agency's inspectors will be allowed to check pipes leading into the centrifuges to ensure there is no improper removal of enriched uranium from the plant.

* MEXICO CITY -- A man called "the amphetamine king" by U.S. authorities has been sentenced to more than 50 years in prison, and his brother received 22 years, Mexican authorities said.

Jose de Jesus Amezcua was sentenced to 53 years and nine months in prison and fined about $8,000 for trafficking in ephedrine, a component of the stimulant methamphetamine, the Mexican attorney general's office said.

Adan Amezcua, his brother, was sentenced to 22 years in prison and fined $6,500 on money-laundering charges, authorities said.


* KABUL, Afghanistan -- An attack on a patrol killed an American soldier southeast of Kabul, the third U.S. fatality this week in Afghanistan, the military said. More than a dozen Americans have been hurt in a flurry of attacks in the run-up to presidential elections on Oct. 9.

Meanwhile, a group of 11 prisoners, including a former Taliban commander, arrived home from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Another 10 detainees were transferred from Afghanistan to the detention center, the Pentagon said.

The soldier died in an attack on a security patrol on Monday in Khost province, said Maj. Scott Nelson, a military spokesman. He provided no further details.


* MOSCOW -- Russia has filed new charges of large-scale fraud and abuse of office against the self-exiled business mogul Boris Berezovsky, a prosecutor said.

Authorities had issued an international warrant for Berezovsky, who has been living in London since 2000, and were taking steps to extradite him to Russia, Ivan Sydoruk, a Moscow regional prosecutor, said in televised comments.

Sydoruk said Berezovsky was wanted for fraudulently acquiring government land in Zhukovka, an elite suburb of large country homes outside Moscow, in 1998. He then transferred ownership of the property to his daughter, Yekaterina.


* BRUSSELS -- The European Union has agreed to implement last year's U.N. decision to lift 11-year-old economic sanctions against Libya as well as ending its arms embargo on the North African country, diplomats said.

"This [recommendation] concerns all remaining sanctions," one of the diplomats said after a meeting of senior officials from the bloc's 25 nations.

The Middle East

* GAZA CITY -- Israeli troops killed at least two members of a group of Palestinian gunmen who attacked a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, three militant groups said.

Israeli security sources said there were also Israeli casualties in the morning clash at Morag settlement, and that a third gunman was believed to have escaped. The army did not immediately comment.

-- From News Services