Venezuelan authorities finished evacuating more than 2,000 inmates Sunday from a prison where the government said 58 people were killed in one of the deadliest prison clashes in the nationís history. More than two days after the bloodshed, Penitentiary Service Minister Iris Varela released an official death toll and said 46 wounded victims remained hospitalized. She said that the violence erupted on Friday when groups of armed inmates began firing shots at National Guard troops who were attempting to carry out an inspection. The death toll provided by the government differed from that given a day earlier by a hospital official who had said 61 were killed and about 120 were wounded.
Ex-premier receives scan
A brain scan performed on Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli prime minister who had a devastating stroke seven years ago and is presumed to be in a vegetative state, revealed significant brain activity in response to external stimuli, raising the chances that he is able to hear and understand, a scientist involved in the test said Sunday. Scientists showed Sharon, 84, pictures of his family, had him listen to a recording of the voice of one of his sons and used tactile stimulation to assess the extent of his brainís response. Sharon, however, remains in a deep coma. He led Israel from 2001 until suffering a stroke in 2006; he unilaterally withdrew Israeli troops and settlers from Gaza in 2005.
Flooding strands dozens
Officials said early today that around 1,200 properties were flooded in the Australian east coast city of Bundaberg as rescuers struggled to reach dozens of people trapped on rooftops. There were no reports of injuries. Deputy Mayor David Batt told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio that hundreds of people need to be evacuated from their homes. Queensland state Premier Campbell Newman said emergency crews were trying to rescue 30 people trapped on roofs in Bundaberg. The city, which has a population of 98,000, is 240 miles north of the state capital Brisbane.
Compiled from wire reports.