July 12, 2009 |
Islamic militants in the southern Philippines freed an ailing Italian Red Cross worker after six months of captivity. Eugenio Vagni, 63, had difficulty walking because of a hernia, but otherwise appeared to be in good health as his Abu Sayyaf captors handed him over to a provincial vice governor on Jolo Island. Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said no ransom had been paid.
March 12, 1991 |
Authorities began relocating thousands of Albanian refugees to camps throughout Italy, relieving the burden on the overwhelmed port of Brindisi. The refugees, who had spent several days on the docks with only plastic sheets to protect them, were transported by trains and buses. Brindisi officials said about 11,000 Albanians remain in refugee camps run by the Italian Red Cross and army and in military barracks in nearby Restinco. Another 6,000 are housed in schools.
July 11, 1990 |
Thousands of Albanians seeking asylum in foreign embassies in Tirana will be ferried to Italy under an agreement being worked out between Albania and the United Nations, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. "We hope the operation can begin by the end of the week," a Foreign Ministry spokesman said in Rome. He spoke on condition of anonymity. Another source said it could begin as early as Thursday. A representative of U.N.
July 10, 1996 |
Elizabeth "Betty" Johnson Wilson, philanthropist and fund-raiser for the arts and for programs benefiting children, has died. She was 79. Wilson, the wife of former ambassador to the Vatican William A. Wilson, died Tuesday at the UCLA Medical Center after a stroke. The popular hostess accompanied her husband to Rome in 1981 when President Ronald Reagan named him as the nation's first ambassador to the Vatican.
July 14, 1990 |
The repressive curtain around Europe's most backward society was flicked aside revealingly Friday for the first time in 45 years as about 4,000 grimy but exuberant Albanians streamed ashore here to new lives in Western refuge. The refugees emerged almost trance-like from an internationally sponsored boatlift that transported them from a homeland wrapped in stubborn Stalinist isolation since the end of World War II. "We worked, the Communist leaders ate.
July 21, 1991 |
One of Egypt's top tourist attractions, King Tut's tomb in the Valley of the Kings, has been closed to visitors since November, 1990--and antiquities officials say it will remain closed until they can figure out how to protect it from the destructive organisms resulting from overexposure to tourists. The tomb was closed initially so experts could study bacteria and fungi first isolated in the burial chamber in 1988.