February 13, 2009 |
Police arrested a suspect today in connection with one of the southern Australia wildfires that killed more than 180 people. Police did not release details about the suspect, but a newspaper said he was a 39-year-old man who probably would be charged with arson causing death in the Churchill fire. At least 21 people died in that fire, one of hundreds that scorched Victoria state, destroying almost 2,000 homes.
February 13, 2009 |
About 130 French riot police officers landed in the Caribbean territory of Martinique to keep the peace as unrest over the high cost of living escalated and a strike kept shops and some schools shuttered. The turmoil has led about 10,000 tourists to cancel vacations in Martinique and Guadeloupe, another French Caribbean territory hit by a strike, according to the National Travel Agencies organization. Martinique's police chief, Col. Francois-Xavier Bourges, said 10 people had been detained on charges of looting and stealing gasoline.
November 10, 2008 |
Protesters stormed the wreckage of a collapsed school to demand rescuers speed up the search for victims. At least 88 students and adults died in the collapse of the College La Promesse in a slum near Port-au-Prince. Rescuers included a crew from Virginia, an eight-person military team from the U.S. Southern Command, and French firefighters from Martinique. About 100 men rushed the unstable pile, hammering at debris and trying to pull down a massive concrete slab that firefighters worried could trigger a second collapse.
August 18, 2005 |
Wails of grief echoed through the airport on this French Caribbean island Wednesday at a memorial service for the 160 victims of a charter jet crash in Venezuela. The disaster rippled throughout the island of about 430,000 people, where a few small towns lost dozens of residents. "We feel like we're in the middle of a nightmare," said George Venkapaten, a Martinique farmer whose 48-year-old brother was killed with his wife and 6-year-old son.
August 17, 2005 |
A chartered jet carrying French Caribbean islanders home from a Panama vacation crashed in rural Venezuela early Tuesday, minutes after the pilot reported trouble with both engines. All 160 people aboard died. The Colombian-owned West Caribbean Airways MD-82 was en route in the predawn hours to the French territory of Martinique when the pilot radioed for permission to make an emergency landing in Maracaibo, 315 miles west of Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, authorities said.
July 15, 2003 |
Brian McBride and Kasey Keller moved up two career lists and led the United States into the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals. McBride's two goals lifted him into third in scoring in U.S. history, and Keller tied a team record with his 32nd shutout in a 2-0 victory over Martinique on Monday at Gillette Stadium. Steve Ralston assisted on both goals. McBride scored twice in four minutes to raise his total to 23 goals in international play, breaking a tie with Bruce Murray.