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NEW YORK---Caribbean nationals
joined New Yorkers at the polls yester-
day to pick candidates for predomi-
nantly Caribbean districts as well as
choosing the city s first new mayor in
Two Caribbean candidates are seeking
re-election in the general elections: Hait-
ian-born Dr Mathieu Eugene and Grena-
dian American Jumaane Williams.
Eugene, who staved off strong chal-
lenges from three contenders in the pre-
dominantly Caribbean 40th Council Dis-
trict in Brooklyn, in the Democratic Pri-
mary elections in September, is seeking
his second four-year term.
"I have to win today. I have no choice,"
Eugene, the first Haitian to hold elective
office in New York City, told the CMC.
Williams, the son of Grenadian immi-
grants, who handsomely won the Dem-
ocratic Primary in September, is chal-
lenged by Guyanese Erlene King, of the
Rent is too Damn High Party. (CMC)
Caribbean nationals contest New York general elections
Previously unknown artworks by masters
are among more than 1,400 pieces found in
a trove of Nazi-looted art in Munich, German
As slides of the paintings were shown at a
news conference, an expert said the works
had been seized from private individuals or
Previously unregistered works by Marc Cha-
gall, Otto Dix, Max Liebermann and Henri
Matisse were found.
There is no question that the Munich trove
is extremely significant, a really important
discovery. You could conceivably set up a
museum with this lot.
The curator who has been cataloguing the
collection says not only does it contain works
we thought were destroyed, but some that we
did not know existed. Art historians all over
the world will be preparing to rewrite biog-
raphies of several modern artists.
The previously unknown Chagall is an excit-
ing discovery, a highly valuable work of art.
And the Otto Dix self-portrait, full of German
expressionism, catches him at a moment short-
ly after the end of World War One when his
art was reaching new heights. But now we are
hearing there are Canalettos and a Courbet
in there---so it is not just a collection of modern
What is frustrating is the drip-feeding of
information from Germany. There are almost
1,400 works in this collection, yet they have
only told us concrete details about two of
There still seems to be a cloak of secrecy
around the whole affair.
They are telling us they are not going to
post the images online---so if you think you
might have a claim, you have to approach
them. It is extraordinary. Like trying to find
a needle in a haystack.
The total value has been estimated at about
1bn euros (£846m; $1.35bn).
Reinhard Nemetz, head of the prosecutors
office in Augsburg, said that 121 framed and
1,285 unframed works had been seized in the
flat of Cornelius Gurlitt in Munich in March
of last year.
It was not yet clear if any offence had been
committed, he added, stressing that the legal
position was extremely complex.
Art expert Meike Hoffmann said some of
the works were dirty but they had not been
"When you stand before the works and see
again these long-lost, missing works, that
were believed destroyed, seeing them in quite
good condition, it s an extraordinarily good
feeling," Ms Hoffmann said.---BBC
The British ambassador in Berlin has
been called in by Germany s foreign min-
istry to respond to spying allegations.
The UK Independent newspaper says
the British embassy in Berlin may be being
used as a "top-secret listening post."
It cites leaked US National Security
Agency documents suggesting the UK
could be using hi-tech equipment housed
on the embassy roof.
Any such a spy station would be against
international law, Berlin says.
German Foreign Minister Guido West-
erwelle had requested the attendance of
Simon McDonald to respond to the claims,
a ministry spokesman said.
"The head of the European department
asked for a response to current reports in
the British media, and pointed out that
the interception of communications from
the premises of a diplomatic mission
would be behaviour contrary to interna-
tional law," he said.
The Independent report was based on
a US National Security Agency document
leaked by whistleblower Edward Snow-
The report said the NSA documents,
in conjunction with aerial photographs
and information about past spying activ-
ities in Germany, suggest that Britain is
operating a covert listening station close
to the Bundestag, Germany s parliament,
and Angela Merkel s offices in the Chan-
It follows revelations that the US listened
to mobile phone calls made by Mrs Merkel
The row has led to a serious diplomatic
crisis between the two countries.
The embattled Toronto
mayor who denied reporters
claims that he was caught on
tape smoking crack came out
yesterday in total turnaround
fashion and admitted using
the drug---but said he may
have been in a drunken stu-
"Yes, I have smoked crack
cocaine," Mayor Rob Ford told
reporters yesterday outside his
office, as captured on video-
tape posted on The Star s Web
site. "There have been times
when I ve been in a drunken
stupor. That s why I want to
see the tape. I want everyone
in the city to see this tape. I
don t even recall there being
a tape or video. I want to see
the state that I was in."
He also said he s made mis-
takes and is sorry for them
all, Fox News reported.
Ford has faced a wild couple
of weeks in Canadian and
international press. A couple
of journalists from a Canada
newspaper said they saw a
video of Ford smoking crack
cocaine. Ford denied the drug
use, and denied the existence
of the video. Within the past
few weeks, however, Toronto
police said they were able to
extract images from the
video---which they confirmed
existed---that included pic-
tures of the mayor. They also
said the images of the mayor
weren t inconsistent with
what the press was reporting.
The mayor hasn t been
charged with drug use, but
one of his friends was recently
arrested on marijuana charges.
But yesterday, in an explo-
sive press account reported
on Fox News, he finally
admitted he smoked crack
cocaine. At the same time, it
may be difficult to charge him
with a crime, given he wasn t
caught in the act and there
isn t any substance to drug
Ford is also still planning
on seeking re-election. The
next mayoral race is October
TEHRAN---An Iranian newspaper says
more than 50 people were hospitalised in
a southern city where air pollution levels
spiked this week.
Yesterday s report by the pro-reform
Arman daily quotes the head of provincial
health department, Mohammad Hossein
Sarmast, as saying that at least 5,000 peo-
ple rushed to the city hospitals in Ahvaz
seeking medical assistance after pollution
levels increased following lightning strikes
and heavy rains on Sunday.
The paper also cites another health offi-
cial, Mohammad Alavi, as saying acid rain
may have caused symptoms such as short-
ness of breath among those admitted to
Ahvaz is located in the oil-rich province
of Khuzestan, which is dotted with oil wells
and factories, and is among Iran s most
polluted cities. (AP)
RAMALLAH---A Palestinian official says
the commission probing the death of
Yasser Arafat has received long-awaited
test results from a Swiss laboratory.
Tawfik Tirawi said the report was
received yesterday in Geneva. He said the
results will be studied before they are made
public. The longtime Palestinian leader
died at a French hospital in 2004, but the
cause of death has never been determined.
Many Palestinians believe Israel poisoned
Arafat, an allegation that Israel denies.
Last year, a Swiss lab discovered traces
of polonium-210, a deadly radioactive iso-
tope, on clothes provided by Arafat s widow.
More samples were subsequently taken
from his remains in the West Bank.
Polonium disintegrates rapidly, and
experts have cautioned that too much time
may have passed to reach a conclusive
In this October 31 file photo, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford tells to
the media to get off his property as he leaves his home in
Toronto. AP PHOTO
admits crack use
...but cites 'drunken stupor'
Nazi trove in Munich contains unknown works by masters
Dozens warded over
pollution in south Iran
Arafat test results
over spy claims
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