Wednesday, November 17, 1999

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  • Ibero-American Summit Held in Cuba for the First Time

    Leaders of Latin American countries, Portugal and Spain yesterday held the one-day Ibero-American summit in Havana–the first to be held on the island of Cuba. Central to the talks were discussions on the dangers of globalization for developing countries, as well as a debate over extra-territoriality, sparked by Chile’s and Argentina’s decision to boycott the summit to protest the arrest in London of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.

  • Bhopal Victims File Lawsuit Against Union Carbide

    Fifteen years after thousands of people were killed in a poison gas leak at a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, survivors and relatives of the victims sued the company this week for "depraved indifference to human life." The incident is the worst industrial accident in history, with at least 7,000 dead, and tens of thousands of others injured.

  • Thousands of Politicians and Others Sign Call for Moratorium of Executions

    Texas prison guards wrestled a man to the death chamber yesterday, after he refused to walk there on his own. Twenty-eight year old Desmond Jennings was overpowered by a five-man team and dragged to the chamber, where he was strapped to a gurney and killed by lethal injection. He became the 29th person executed in Texas this year and the 193rd since the state resumed executions in 1982.

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