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2013-06-09T00:00:00Z Around the worldThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 09, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Dominican Republic

Flu outbreak report an error, official says

SANTO DOMINGO - A Dominican official says Haiti erroneously reported that his country has an outbreak of avian flu when it cited the disease as a reason for imposing a ban this week on the import of Dominican meats, chicken, eggs and other goods.

Dominican Ambassador in Haiti Ruben Silie said in a statement on Friday that there's no evidence of bird flu in the country, which shares the Caribbean island of Hispaniola with Haiti. He added that the World Health Organization declared the Dominican Republic free of bird flu three years ago.

The Dominican Ministry of Agriculture also said that it hadn't received any notification from Haiti on the ban.

Haiti's Ministry of Commerce issued the indefinite ban on Dominican food imports last week after the death of five people.

Dominican health official Rafael Schiffino said on Tuesday that five people died, including two pregnant women, of swine flu, not avian flu.

Health authorities started last week to administer flu vaccines to pregnant women, senior citizens and children to avoid an epidemic.

Brazil

Number of Indians killed on the rise

SAO PAULO - The number of Indians killed in Latin America's biggest country has been rising since 2002, a Brazilian indigenous rights group said Saturday.

The Roman Catholic Church-backed Indigenous Missionary Council said 452 Indians were killed between 2002 and 2010 compared to 167 killed between 1995 and 2002. The council said conflicts between ranchers and Indians who claim their ancestral lands are being occupied to plant crops and raise cattle account for most of the killings.

The council's executive secretary told CBN radio that the increased killings are mostly due to government delays in the demarcation of indigenous territory.

Meanwhile, the head of Funai, Brazil's federal indigenous affairs agency, tendered her resignation on Friday amid rising Indian-rancher tension in central-western Brazil.

Italy

Goverment complains about Austrian menu

ROME - Italy has complained to Austrian authorities on Saturday about a Vienna pub selling sandwiches named after Italians slain by Sicilian mobsters.

The foreign ministry said that Italy's charge d'affaires in Vienna "intervened to sensitize" local authorities, including the city of Vienna and the economy ministry, after a menu of the Don Panino pub has upset Italians in Vienna and public opinion in Italy.

Naming a sandwich for Giovanni Falcone, a prosecutor killed by a Mafia bombing in 1992 and saying on the menu Falcone was "grilled" like a sausage offended his memory and is "unacceptable," the ministry said.

Another sandwich is named after Giuseppe "Peppino" Impastato, who rebelled against his mobster father in a tiny Sicilian town as a youngster, used his program on a local radio station in the 1970s to ridicule and denounce Cosa Nostra, as the Sicilian Mafia is known. In 1978, his body was found, blown up by dynamite, on the railroad tracks outside town, and the slaying blamed on mobsters. The menu describes Impastato as being "baked in a bomb attack like a chicken."

The foreign ministry said joking about people who died fighting the Mafia is offensive.

The Don Panino pub's site says it was closed, but it was unclear when the update was posted. Italian state TV, describing the menu affair as a diplomatic flap, said the eatery had been closed for some time.

Italian state TV said the pub was run by Italians, and that it was Italians living in Vienna that were behind the drive to close it.

Sweden

Princess marries New York banker

STOCKHOLM - Swedish Princess Madeleine fell in love in the Big Apple. Now she has said "yes" to New York banker Christopher O'Neill in a lavish and emotional wedding ceremony in Stockholm.

Madeleine, 30, was wearing a stunning silk organza dress with a lace top and 13-foot train, designed by Valentino Garavani, when she tied the knot with British-American O'Neill on Saturday. About 470 European royals, top New York socialites and celebrities were in attendance.

The 38-year-old O'Neill fought back tears as the princess walked down the aisle with her father, King Carl XVI Gustaf, to a traditional Swedish wedding march performed by a children's choir. The bride and groom were visibly moved as the ceremony proceeded with hymns in both Swedish and English.

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