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Resistance hero dies aged 91 in France
PARIS, France
Pierre Messmer, a member of the French Resistance who was the country's prime minister from 1972 to 1974, has died at age 91, former French President Jacques Chirac said Wednesday.
Chirac called Messmer, who was prime minister under French President Georges Pompidou, a "statesman who was passionately committed to his country."
Messmer entered the French Resistance in 1940, fleeing Nazi-occupied France for England on a cargo ship. From there, he participated in major campaigns in North Africa and elsewhere and stormed the beaches of Normandy in June 1944.
Remembering Diana
LONDON, England
Britain marks the 10th anniversary of Princess Diana's death today with a royal memorial service and a series of other tributes to the "people's princess."
Diana's sons Prince William and Prince Harry, her ex-husband Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II, will mark the tragedy with a service in central London.
Charles's second wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall - who Diana dubbed "the rottweiler" and who was blamed for her divorce from the heir to the throne in 1996 - will not be attending.
Mohamed Al Fayed, the father of Diana's lover Dodi Fayed, who also died in the crash, was not invited. Al Fayed claims that Diana and his son were killed by the British establishment in a conspiracy designed to stop the princess marrying a Muslim.
Back to work
LONDON, England
Thousands of prison officers returned to work yesterday after staging a surprise national walkout to demand more pay, their union said.
The Prison Officers Association said it had no regrets over the 24-hour strike that disrupted jails across the UK.
Prison guards stopped work at more than 140 jails on Wednesday during their first national stoppage. It ended after the government won a High Court injunction.
Katrina's anniversary
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana
Prayers, protests and a lingering disgust with the government's response to Hurricane Katrina marked the disaster's second anniversary Wednesday, with a presidential visit doing little to mollify those still displaced by the storm.
Clarence Russ, 64, took a dim view of politicians' promises as he tried to put the finishing touches on his repaired home in the city's devastated Lower 9th Ward.
"There was supposed to be all this money, but where'd it go? None of us got any," said Russ, whose house was the only restored home on an otherwise desolate block.


Updated : 2021-04-15 17:14 GMT+08:00