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Daily Briefing

Daily Briefing


-- Microsoft mogul Bill Gates opened the first exhibition in Germany of Leonardo da Vinci's "Leicester Codex," the only known da Vinci notebook in private hands.

The exhibit in Munich's Haus der Kunst, which translates as "house of art," juxtaposes the codex with 96 drawings by Joseph Beuys, the German 20th-century avant-garde sculptor and performance artist.

-- Former Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko registered yesterday to run for mayor of Moscow, officially kicking off his campaign to topple incumbent Yuri Luzhkov.

Even though he is seen as Luzhkov's biggest threat, Kiriyenko is not likely to defeat the mayor, who was re-elected in a landslide in 1996 and remains highly popular.


-- More than a year after the crash of Swissair Flight 111, investigators have recovered more debris that includes human remains. Larry Vance, deputy investigator in charge of the crash probe, said yesterday that human remains and jewelry were mixed with pieces of the aircraft pulled up late last month. Investigators still don't know the cause of the fire.

-- The last of the wreckage of two crashed commuter trains was cleared yesterday, and London police finished their search for victims. Police estimate that 30 to 40 people died in the Oct. 5 collision at Ladbroke Grove, near Paddington station. Dozens more were injured.


-- Chinese President Jiang Zemin will set off for Britain next week at the start of a six-nation tour. Jiang's Oct. 18 to Nov. 3 trip will also include France, Portugal, Morocco, Algeria and Saudi Arabia.

Today in history

-- In 70 B.C., the Roman poet Virgil was born.

-- In 1917, World War I's most famous spy, Mata Hari, was executed by firing squad at Vincennes Barracks, outside Paris.


A Turkish man whose house and shop were badly damaged in a devastating earthquake in August won a $356,000 lottery jackpot yesterday. Anatolian news agency said Ramiz Uzum, a father of three, had won 166.5 billion Turkish lira.

Uzum said he had gone back into their house to recover the winning ticket at his wife's insistence.

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