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Sarkozy and Royal to face off in debate
PARIS, France
France's two presidential rivals, right-wing former interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Segolene Royal, were to hold a televised debate yesterday that could decide Sunday's election.
The two-hour encounter will be screened simultaneously by France's two biggest television channels from 9 p.m. (France time), and is expected to attract an audience of more than 20 million.
Much of the months-long election campaign has been shaped by the contrasting personalities of the two candidates but voters have had few opportunities for a direct comparison.
Sarkozy, admired by supporters for his tough stance on crime and illegal immigration, is hated and feared by many on the left who call him a dangerous authoritarian.
Royal, aiming to be France's first woman president with a combination of left-wing economic policies and traditional social values, has faced constant questions over her competence.
Corzine pays fine
TRENTON, New Jersey
New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine has voluntarily paid a US$46 fine for violating state law by not wearing a seat belt during the trip in which a car crash left him critically injured, his spokesman said Tuesday.
Corzine met with State Police Superintendent Colonel Rick Fuentes, Attorney General Stuart Rabner and two state police investigators Tuesday at the governor's mansion in Princeton to discuss the accident, spokesman Anthony Coley said.
As the meeting ended, Corzine asked Fuentes for a ticket, Coley said. Fuentes wrote one, and Corzine wrote a check for US$46, Coley said.
Girl dies from gunshot
LONDON, England
A 12-year-old girl who was shot in the head in Manchester died on Tuesday, police said. A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
The girl was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary on Monday night, suffering from critical injuries following the incident in the Gorton area of the city.
She was later transferred to Pendlebury Children's hospital but died on Tuesday morning.
Greater Manchester Police Superintendent John O'Hare said officers were called to a house in Gorton after reports of a shooting, but declined to say what type of gun had been fired.
"It is a powerful weapon, and it's a weapon that has killed a 12-year-old girl," he told reporters.
Snakes as weapons
SUNBURY, Pennsylvania
A woman accused of holding police at bay by brandishing poisonous snakes was sentenced to house arrest and probation.
"I just wasn't in the right frame of mind that night," said Terry Jackson, 36, at her sentencing Monday.
Officers were trying to prevent the despondent woman from harming herself with a hunting knife when the confrontation took place October 25, police said.
Jackson picked up two western diamondback rattlesnakes, a pigmy rattlesnake and two copperheads to try to keep police from taking her into custody, authorities said.
Jackson, who was raising the snakes for laboratories, received several bites during the standoff and was taken to a hospital after police subdued her with a stun gun.


Updated : 2021-05-13 08:29 GMT+08:00