BLOODSHED IN BUCHAREST At least four Romanians died and more than 100 were injured in riots sparked by a police raid on anti-government demonstrators who had occupied a main square in Bucharest since April 23. Protesters fought running battles with police and set fire to police headquarters. Meanwhile, Ion Iliescu, a former Communist official elected president last month, called on thousands of club-wielding miners to maintain order in the capital.
BARRY BOWS OUT
During a recess in his trial on cocaine and perjury charges, Washington Mayor Marion Barry, 54, announced that he would not run for re-election. Barry was arrested on Jan. 18 after the FBI videotaped him in a local hotel room, allegedly smoking crack cocaine.
FREEDOM TO VOTE
In Czechoslovakia, Civic Forum, which led the drive to oust the country’s Communist leaders last November, won a resounding victory in national elections. Meanwhile, Bulgarians voted overwhelmingly for the Socialist party, made up of former Communists. Czechoslovakia and Bulgaria were the last of six Eastern European states to hold free elections since their Communist regimes crumbled last fall.
FUELLING THE FLAMES
The Norwegian oil tanker Mega Borg spilled more than three million gallons of light crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico after an explosion and fire on the vessel. Cleanup workers used water and foam to fight the fire and used skimming boats and oil-eating bacteria to try to contain the 23-mile-long slick before it reached Texas beaches.
Islamic fundamentalists won a sweeping victory in Algeria’s local elections, the country’s first free vote in 28 years. The results came as a devastating blow to the ruling socialist National Liberation Front, which has held sole power since it led the country to independence from France in 1962.
A PANAMANIAN CONNECTION
Immigration officials in Alabama said that they had uncovered a plot to smuggle more than 35,000 Chinese nationals into the United States from Panama after officers intercepted 60 Chinese citizens at the Fairhope, Ala., airport. Many of them were young adults who fled China after the government crushed a pro-democracy
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