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Giuliani receives German media honor



Published: Sun, February 17, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Giuliani receivesGerman media honor

BADEN-BADEN, Germany -- A German official called former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani "the mayor of the world" Saturday, presenting him with his second European honor in a week.

Giuliani dedicated the German Media Prize figurine to the heroism of New Yorkers.

The ex-mayor wore a flag lapel pin and a red, white and blue tie as Interior Minister Otto Schily presented the prize for Giuliani's energy and courage in leading the city after the Sept. 11 terror attack demolished the World Trade Center.

"I realize it's not really for me -- it's for the people of New York City," said Giuliani. "Their initial heroism helped create a lot of resilience -- and the very, very strong response from America and the rest of the world."

The German Media Prize -- a no-cash award -- is given annually by leading editors at German newspapers, magazines and television stations to a major public figure.

Wednesday, Giuliani was made an honorary knight by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

The jury cited Giuliani's "energy, courage and tireless sympathy that made him the leading personality of New York and America." Karlheinz Koegel, who founded the German prize in 1992, said Giuliani embodied "forgotten values of courage."

Dozens of refugees are missing after blaze

LONDON -- More than two dozen refugees remained missing Saturday after fires and rioting in Europe's largest asylum-seekers' detention center this past week, and police said some may have been killed in the chaos.

Bedfordshire Police said the latest figures suggested that as many as 25 people remained unaccounted for after Thursday night's apparent attempted mass breakout at the Yarl's Wood complex. The destruction of the records office complicated the police search.

"We are hoping they will all be traced and found safe, but there is a possibility they may not have escaped and obviously we cannot rule out that they could have died," a police spokeswoman said.

Police have recaptured 15 refugees who escaped the center during the unrest and fire, which reduced half the newly built complex 50 miles north of London to smoldering ruins.

Police and immigration officials were continuing to investigate the series of fires, which were estimated to have caused $50 million in damage.

Prosecutors accusemen of training rebels

BOGOTA, Colombia -- Prosecutors have accused three suspected Irish Republican Army members of training leftist rebels in Colombia and of using false documents, the attorney general's office said Saturday.

After a lengthy investigation, prosecutors sent their case against Niall Connolly, James Monaghan and Martin McCauley to a federal judge on Friday, said Carolina Sanchez, spokeswoman for the attorney general's office.

No trial date has been set, but Sanchez said it could begin within a month.

The three men spent five weeks in the safe haven of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, providing training in the use of explosives and other terror tactics, authorities say.

The FARC, Colombia's largest rebel army, has blown up dozens of electrical towers in recent weeks and attacked a reservoir that provides water to the capital, Bogota.

Presumed FARC fighters exploded 50 pounds of dynamite early Saturday in front of a motorcycle shop in Villavicencio, 45 miles southeast of Bogota, killing one man, injuring 11 other people, destroying a house and damaging several buildings.

Proud Mrs. Milosevic

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- Slobodan Milosevic's wife told a Belgrade magazine that her husband's opening speech at the U.N. war crimes trial showed he was "totally superior and relaxed" in facing his accusers.

In an article published Saturday in the Nacional weekly, Mira Markovic, who rarely grants interviews, declared that her husband's opening statement made her proud.

"He is convinced of the truth and he is laying it out in detail, so it is easy for him to be totally superior and relaxed," Markovic was quoted as saying. "People who are lying cannot be that convincing and self-assured."

Milosevic's trial at the court in The Hague, Netherlands, began Tuesday with the prosecution's accusations of mass murder and deportations.

Associated Press




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