Gulf leaders to discuss EU-style union
‘Main idea is for GCC nations to integrate into
The leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council was
scheduled to hold a meeting in Saudi Arabia yesterday to discuss
transforming their six nations into a union, similar to the European
Union. The idea of the GCC nations to integrate into one entity --
and replace what exists now as simply a cooperative -- was first
floated by Saudi Arabia in December. Yesterday's meeting in Riyadh
was expected to lay out the timetable for it.
Limbless Frenchman’s epic world swim hits paperwork issue
A limbless Frenchman planning to make four
challenging swims around the world was delayed from starting his
epic journey in Papua New Guinea on Monday by a paperwork problem.
Philippe Croizon, who lost both his arms and legs in an electrical
accident in 1994, planned to leave the Pacific country's remote west
to begin swimming to Indonesia's Papua province.
Mexican police find 49 headless bodies
Mexican investigators on Monday searched for
perpetrators of a heinous drug-war massacre in which 49 people were
killed, decapitated, dismembered and left in plastic bags on the
side of a rural highway. The mutilated corpses, whose hands had been
cut off to prevent fingerprint identification, were discovered close
to the northern city of Monterrey, 180 kilometers (110 miles) from
the US border.