Gadhafi forces kill 22 rebels in Misrata
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) Libyan government forces pounded the outskirts of the rebel-held city of Misrata on Friday, killing at least 22 people, a hospital physician said.
The doctor at Hikma Hospital, who would only give his first name, Ayman, said Moammar Gadhafis forces used tanks, artillery and incendiary rockets in the bombardment of Dafniya, about 18 miles west of Misrata. He said at least 61 people were wounded in the attacks that began about 10 a.m. local time.
Gadhafi forces had renewed their shelling near Misrata on Wednesday. The city is one of the few footholds rebels have in western Libya and controls the countrys largest port.
The doctor said residents had reported no sign of NATO aircraft in the Misrata region. There also were no reports NATO strikes in Tripoli, the capital. NATO had been pounding Tripoli and environs in recent days, stepping up backing for the 4-month-old rebel uprising that seeks to oust Gadhafi from power after four decades.
An E. coli answer: It was the sprouts
BERLIN (AP) After a month of searching and testing thousands of vegetables, simple detective work trumped science in the hunt for the source of the worlds deadliest E. coli outbreak. The culprit: German-grown sprouts.
Health officials announced Friday that sprouts from a farm in northern Germany caused the outbreak that has killed 31 people, sickened nearly 3,100 and prompted much of Europe to shun vegetables.
Health officials said they tracked the bacterias path from hospital patients struggling with diarrhea and kidney failure, to the restaurants where they had dined, to specific meals and ingredients they ate, and finally back to a single farm.
There are more questions to answer, including what contaminated the sprouts in the first place: Was it tainted seeds or water, or nearby animals? The answer is still elusive.
Cholera in Haiti surges in areas hit by storm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) The number of cholera cases is rising in parts of Haiti hit by heavy rains early this week.
Alain Legarnec, mission chief for the French aid group Doctors of the World, said Friday that a clinic in the southwestern town of Jeremie treated 77 people for cholera in recent days.
Thats a fivefold increase from last week and was most likely caused by rising river levels, he said.
Haiti and its Caribbean neighbors were hit by a deadly storm Monday that flooded towns and destroyed houses. The Haitian capital and southern part of the country were especially hard hit.
The storm system dumped up to 7 inches of rain in Port-au-Prince since May 30, said Bob Smerbeck, a senior meteorologist for AccuWeather, a company of forecasters based in State College, Pennsylvania. The mountains in Haiti could have received double that amount of rainfall, Smerbeck added.
The showers contributed to widespread flooding and mudslides. The death toll in Haiti was put at 28, Marie Alta Jean-Baptiste, director of Haitis Civil Protection Department, told AP Friday. But that number could rise as families search for missing loved ones. Jean-Baptiste said six people are still missing.