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New York, June 11 (Reuters): A South African tourist sued New York City’s transit authority for $10 million yesterday, alleging a conductor slammed a subway train window on his finger when he asked if he was on the right train.

Retired telecommunications engineer Pieter Swanepoel, 62, and his wife, Sheila, 59, were sightseeing in the Big Apple last December, his lawyer said.

the A Train pulled into the 42nd Street station, my client leaned on the conductor’s windowsill to balance himself and asked him if the A Train was the one he needed to get back to Kennedy Airport,” attorney Mitchell Kessler said.

“Suddenly, the conductor slammed the window shut and sheared off Pieter’s finger.”

As the subway train pulled out of the station, “Pieter saw a piece of bleeding bone sticking out,” Kessler said. “He told me that the conductor’s manner was not friendly or helpful.” Kessler said Swanepoel, of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, complained that he lost the tip of his index finger and bled heavily.


Istanbul (Reuters): A retired diplomat known as the “Turkish Schindler” for saving Jews during World War II has died at the age of 89, Istanbul’s rabbinate said on Tuesday. Selahattin Ulkuman died in an Istanbul hospital on Saturday after a long illness, the rabbinate said in a statement. While serving as Turkish consul-general on the Greek island of Rhodes, Ulkuman prevented German occupying officers from deporting 42 Turkish Jewish families to the concentration camp at Auschwitz. Ulkuman’s son Ufuk was quoted by Hurriyet newspaper on Tuesday as saying the Nazis later bombed their home on Rhodes, killing Ulkuman’s wife. “The Nazis constantly threatened my father because he had protected the Jews by giving them Turkish passports,” Ufuk said.

Spider web

Paris (AFP): Attempts to create a super-strong fibre by mimicking the chemicals found in spider silk may have all been in vain. University of Texas scientists say they have outdone the spider and its lab-coat imitators by spinning a fibre made of carbon nanotubes, the microscopic tubes of carbon that have remarkable properties, being tough, light and inert yet able to conduct heat and electricity. Ray Baughman and colleagues, writing in Thursday’s issue of the British science weekly Nature, say they have experimentally made up to 100-metre lengths of fibre, which is five times stronger than steel.

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