The roof over a Moscow market collapsed early today, killing at least four people and trapping others beneath the twisted wreckage, Russian media reported. Ekho Moskvy radio said the entire roof at the Bauman market, covering an area of about 2,400 square yards, had fallen onto the market stalls.
A gang of armed robbers impersonating police officers tied up employees at Securitas Cash Management Ltd., a cash center at Tonbridge in Kent county, and stole about 25 million pounds in bank notes, the equivalent of $43.5 million, the Bank of England said Wednesday in disclosing one of the largest bank heists in British history.
Pope Benedict XVI named his first batch of cardinals Wednesday. Among the new 15 “princes” of the Roman Catholic Church are American Archbishops Sean O’Malley and William Levada, and sentimental favorite Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, Pope John Paul II’s longtime private secretary. Other key appointments are that of Hong Kong Bishop Joseph Zen, an outspoken China critic, and Caracas Archbishop Jorge Urosa Savino, who has sought to defuse recent tensions between the church in Venezuela and President Hugo Chavez.
It was another day of frustration today with no sign of survivors as rescue workers tried to find an elementary school buried by a landslide under 100 feet of mud in Guinsaugon. Heavy rain forced troops to call off work, and a two-ton drill brought in by U.S. Marines sat idle with its braces missing. Up to 300 children and teachers were thought to have been trapped in the school when a mountainside collapsed Friday.
From Herald news services