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BUDAPEST---Hungarian police say
they are investigating an incident
in which an elderly man may have
been mauled to death by two don-
It happened May 13 in the western
Hungarian town of Magyarszecsod,
when Sandor Horvath, a 65-year-
old retired firefighter, was apparently
pulled off his motorcycle by the don-
keys kept on a lot neighbouring his
small farm. The animals likely
dragged him some 55 yards, biting
and trampling him.
Vas County Police said Tuesday
they are still working on the case
but had no new developments to
The results of an autopsy to deter-
mine the exact cause of death have
not been released.
The donkeys are being kept under
observation for another week before
their fate is decided. (AP)
Two donkeys suspected in mauling death in Hungary
A group of Ukrainian
journalists has reportedly
been barred from govern-
ment meetings, after they
staged a silent protest.
They demonstrated over
physical attacks on two
colleagues, during a Cab-
inet of Ministers meeting
in Kiev. The group wore
placards which read:
"Today it s a female jour-
wife, sister, daughter."
Ukraine s prime minis-
ter Mykola Azarov called
for the journalists to be
stripped of their media
"What kind of show is
this? I d like to ask you
not to turn the Cabinet of
Ministers meeting into a
circus," he said during the
"If these are journalists,
deny them of their
accreditation. Write down
each of their names and
revoke their accreditation."
One of the protesters,
Nataliya Tarasovska, said:
"With these words we just
wanted to show the gov-
ernment that we want an
objective investigation and
for those who are respon-
sible for the attack and
obstructing our colleagues
to be punished."
The two journalists who
were assaulted claim they
were beaten by backers of
Yanukovich, when sup-
porters and opponents
briefly clashed at a rally
in the capital on Satur-
Police are investigating
Venezuela s National
Assembly has backed
plans to import 39 million
rolls of toilet paper, in an
effort to relieve a chronic
Lawmakers voted to
approve a US$79 million
credit for the country s
ministry of commerce,
which will also be used to
buy toothpaste and soap.
The products are cur-
rently in short supply in
The oil-rich nation relies
on imports, but currency
controls have restricted its
ability to pay for foreign
Maduro, who won a narrow
majority in April s presi-
dential elections, maintains
that the country s periodic
shortages of basic goods are
the result of a conspiracy
by the opposition and rich
sectors of society.
Maduro has vowed to
uphold the legacy of his late
predecessor, Hugo Chavez,
socialism" involved sweep-
ing nationalisation and
extensive social pro-
But analysts say that the
government s attempts to
impose state control on the
economy have created huge
imbalances that have led to
"Price controls, for
example, act as a disincen-
tive to local producers, forc-
ing them to cut output,"
says the survey organisation
"The resulting scarcity
forces up inflation, defeat-
ing the entire purpose of
price controls in the first
Venezuela s inflation is
the highest in Latin Amer-
ica and is currently running
at about 25 per cent. (BBC)
MOORE---Tornado survivors thanked
God, sturdy closets and luck in explain-
ing how they lived through the colossal
twister that devastated an Oklahoma
town and killed 24 people, an aston-
ishingly low toll given the extent of
At least one family took refuge in a
bathtub and some people shut them-
selves in underground shelters built into
their houses when the powerful storm
tore through the Oklahoma City suburb
of Moore on Monday afternoon.
While rescue workers and body-sniff-
ing dogs sifted through the ruins on
Wednesday, those who escaped told
their stories of survival while trying to
salvage what was left of their belongings.
"Yesterday I was numb. Today I cried
a lot. Now I m on the victory side of
it," said Beth Vrooman, who hid in a
shelter in her garage in Moore during
The tornado s winds exceeded 200
miles per hour, flattened entire blocks
and demolished two schools and a hos-
pital on its 17-mile, 50-minute rampage
through central Oklahoma.
Listed as the highest category of
storm---an EF5 on the Enhanced Fujita
Scale---the twister damaged or obliter-
ated 2,400 homes and affected an esti-
mated 10,000 people, said Jerry Lojka,
spokesman for Oklahoma Emergency
President Barack Obama was due to
survey the damage himself on Sunday.
After rescue workers pulled more than
100 survivors from the debris, authorities
said six people remained unaccounted
for in a town of 55,000 people.
"They re not sure if they ve walked
off or if they are in the rubble," Albert
Ashwood, director of Oklahoma s
Department of Emergency Management,
told a news conference.
Experts explaining the low death toll
cited a relatively long advance warning
of 16 minutes for the tornado and high
awareness of the dangers in a region
known as Tornado Alley.
Even so, some survivors were
astounded they made it.
Tonya Williams, 38, said she still felt
in shock after surviving the tornado, as
so many did, by taking shelter in a closet.
She put bicycle helmets on her eight-
year-old daughter and six-year-old son,
collected her three dogs and pushed
them all into a hall closet.
"We prayed. I could feel pressure, and
being sucked. I put my body over them
to try to protect them," Williams said.
When neighbours dug them out, the
roof and upper story of the house had
collapsed into and around the closet.
Williams and her children suffered only
A large wooden cross that had been
hanging on an upstairs wall was found
on top of them, she said.
"If you weren t a religious person
before, you are now," Williams said.
"No word can describe it but a mir-
Of the 24 who died, ten were children
and about 240 others were injured.
'Thank God I'm alive'
Tornado victims astounded at how they survived
Jon Johnson, left, looks through what is remains of his home with his brother Matt Johnson on Tuesday, after a tornado struck
south Oklahoma City and Moore, Oklahoma, on Monday. AP PHOTO
PM strips journalists
of media access
toilet paper shortage
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