PEKING -- Winding up an around-the-world sales tour, McDonnell Douglas Corp. flew hundreds of Chinese VIPs on its DC-9 Super 80 Monday in an attempt to secure a multi-million dollar deal.
The first flight, carrying both Chinese and U.S. Embassy officials, headed north from Peking's airport and circled the Great Wall of China before returning about 30 minutes later.
J.D. Burns, sales vice president for the U.S. aircraft manufacturer, said serious talks have begun on selling the 155-seat, $22 million to $25 million plane to China for use by its international airline, CAAC.
He said the Super 80, an extended version of the DC-9 introduced in the 1960s, is in direct competition with the Boeing 737. China already has a fleet of Boeing 707 and 747SP jetliners in service. ---
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (UPI) -- Some 50,000 people protesting the Conservative-led coalition government's austerity policies marched Monday on parliament and through town hall square.
The demonstration, called by trade union leaders, followed a larger demonstration last week in which 100,000 people took part.
Despite the demonstrations against the government's policies, a recent Vilstrup Institute poll showed the Conservative Party could win massive gains if an election were held.
The poll, taken after the government saw its austerity legislation passed, said the Conservative Party could nearly double its mandate in parliament from 14.5 percent in the last election to 26 percent. ---
GENEVA, Switzerland (UPI) -- The League of Red Cross Societies said Monday one of its delegates is in critical condition after being shot in Uganda last Friday.
The League identified the delegate as Hans-Christian Bennetzen, 60, of Denmark who was stopped by armed men and shot in the head while driving to his home in Kampala.
He was flown home to Denmark over the weekend but 'his condition is judged to be critical and he may possibly suffer permamently from partial or total paralysis,' a statement said. ---
BURGOS, Spain (UPI) -- French ambassador Raoul Delaye, killed Sunday when his car swerved off the road, will be brought back to France for burial, an embassy spokesman said Monday.
Delaye died when his car, driven by his wife Juana, ran off the Burgos-Malaga highway. The couple was returning from vacations in France.
Mrs. Delay was in an intensive care unit in a Burgos hospital. ---
JAKARTA, Indonesia (UPI) -- A cholera outbreak has killed 39 people in the last three weeks in 10 villages near Banyumas, Central Java, 218 miles east of Jakarta, health officials said Monday.
About 200 people have been admitted in hospitals in serious condition, the officials said.
The killer disease is said to be caused by a serious lack of potable water due to a prolonged drought. ---
VIBO VALENTIA, Italy (UPI) -- Police detained three alleged Mafia members Monday suspected of having participated in the Sunday bomb blast that killed two children and wounded 10 other people in this southern Italian city.
Police said the 2.2 pound bomb, which ripped apart the entrance to a 67-year-old widow's modest home, was probably mistakenly placed.
They said they believed it was intended for a family with alleged Mafia links which lives nearby.
'All the houses on the street look alike,' said one policeman, explaining the apparent mistake.
The bomb killed Bartolo Pesce, 14, and his 12-year-old brother Antonio. The boys' father, Francesco Antonio Pesce, 42, was severely wounded.
Police said another nine people were injured.