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U.S. tourist is killed in Italy

ROME - A U.S. tourist was killed by a train as he walked on the tracks in a daze after he drank a cappuccino laced with drugs and then was robbed, railway police said yesterday.

Frank Phel, 74, of California, died Friday at the station in suburban Tiburtina, police official Giovanni Piccolantonio said.

The suspected robber, a 54-year-old Italian man who was arrested Saturday, had chatted with Phel and his wife before fetching them cappuccinos at a local cafe and then adding a mix of drugs including sleeping pills, Piccolantonio said. The robbery was filmed by security cameras at a nearby cafe.

Phel and his wife, who was briefly hospitalized after the incident, had just completed a cruise in the Mediterranean and were going to Hungary by bus, Piccolantonio said.

- AP

Foreign minister resigns in Canada

TORONTO - Canada's embattled foreign minister has resigned after leaving classified documents in an unsecure location, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced yesterday, calling the breach "a serious error."

Harper said he had accepted the resignation of Maxime Bernier, who came under fire in recent weeks amid reports that a former girlfriend had had previous relationships with Hells Angels motorcycle gang members.

Harper said the documents had been left at a private residence earlier this spring. He did not say what the documents were or whether they were shared with others.

- AP

S. Korea boosting ties with Arabs

SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea and a group of governments from the Middle East and Africa agreed yesterday to launch a cooperative organization aimed at enhancing political, cultural and economic ties, officials said.

The Korea-Arab Society will group South Korea with governments, corporations and organizations from 22 countries and authorities in the Arab world. Participants at a conference in Seoul approved its establishment, said Lee Key-cheol, an official at South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

South Korea has been active economically in the Middle East for decades, with its construction companies playing a big role. The resource-poor country is heavily dependent on oil imports and has been intensifying a search to secure stable supplies.

- AP


Police in Rome

arrested 49 suspected mobsters in raids on the Naples-based Camorra mob and confiscated about $120 million in assets, including homes and stocks.