- Making News: International Emergency Efforts Arrive in Iran
The death toll from last week's devastating earthquake in Bam stands at more than 25,000, and officials fear that fatalities could climb as high as 40,000, roughly half that city-s residents. Over the weekend, more than 1,400 international relief workers arrived in the Iranian city, where more than 70 percent of the buildings were leveled by the 6.5 magnitude trembler. Nazila Fathi's story about emergency efforts appears in today's New York Times.
- Reporter's Notebook: French Tobacco Company Not Liable for Smoker's Death
French President Jacques Chirac, a former chain smoker, has declared a -war on tobacco.- High taxes are one of his weapons, and that-s led to street protests by tobacco-shop owners. Now, that country's highest court has ruled that a cancer death from smoking is not the fault of a cigarette manufacturer, but the personal responsibility of the smoker. Debra Ollivier has lived in France and reported extensively on its culture.
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