Executive’s death recalls disaster
Warren M. Anderson, who headed Union Carbide Corp. when a chemical leak killed thousands of people in Bhopal, India, in 1984, has died in Florida at 92. Anderson’s death was not announced by his family but was confirmed Friday by the Associated Press through public records. The records say Anderson died at a nursing home in Vero Beach, Fla., on Sept. 29. No cause of death was given. Anderson ran Union Carbide when, on the morning of Dec. 3, 1984, a pesticide plant run by one of its subsidiaries leaked about 40 tons of deadly methyl isocyanate gas into the air of the Indian city of Bhopal, killing about 4,000 people. Many more died in the following months, bringing the estimated death toll to 15,000.
North Korea visit discussed
A European Union official confirms that North Korea has invited its special representative for human rights to visit the country. A visit by Stavros Lambrinidis would be a step toward resuming a human rights dialogue between the EU and North Korea, which broke off previous talks in 2003. A North Korean diplomat to the United Nations said earlier the invitation had been sent. The EU has said Lambrinidis recently met with a Pyongyang representative.
Internet tax called off
Hungary’s prime minister says the government will suspend a planned tax on Internet use and reconsider the matter next year. Two protests within the past week attended by tens of thousands of people were sparked by a scheme to make Internet service providers pay 62 cents per gigabyte of Internet traffic, later proposed to be capped at different monthly rates for individual and business users. Prime Minister Viktor Orban said the tax will not be introduced because “people have questioned the rationality” of the measure. Orban said Hungary would stick to its plan to offer broadband Internet access to every household by 2020.
Mourning for leader begins
Zambian security forces will not tolerate any violence or other illegal activity as the country mourns President Michael Sata, who died after a long illness, Zambia’s temporary leader said. Acting President Guy Scott, a white Zambian of Scottish descent, told journalists it is “unacceptable” for Zambians to campaign for a presidential election during the mourning period. Sata is to be buried Nov. 11. Scott had been Sata’s vice president and is not eligible to run for president because his parents were not Zambian by birth or descent.
Compiled from wire reports