- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 17, 2000

Clinton planning trip to Burundi peace talks

President Clinton will travel to Tanzania to throw his support behind talks on the war in next-door Burundi when he visits Africa at the end of August, a White House official said yesterday.
White House spokesman Jake Siewert said Mr. Clinton spoke to former South African President Nelson Mandela, who is mediating Burundi peace negotiations, on Tuesday night.
"President Mandela has invited President Clinton to join him in Arusha, Tanzania, on August 28 in support of the Burundi peace process, which President Mandela is facilitating," the White House said later in a statement.
"President Clinton has accepted the invitation."
The White House said last month Mr. Clinton would visit Nigeria to meet President Olusegun Obasanjo and bolster the Nigerian leader's work in the fledgling democracy.

Canadian leader hit with pie in face

CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien was creamed in the face with a pie yesterday, leaving his phalanx of police red-faced with embarrassment over another breach of security.

With his mouth clenched, Mr. Chretien no stranger to encounters with protesters and slack security gave a scathing glance at the assailant before he was whisked away by Mounties as some people shouted "shame."

While being taken away by the police, 23-year-old protester and student Evan Brown said he was upset with Mr. Chretien for approving genetically modified food.

Colombia investigates massacre reports

PUEBLO RICO, Colombia With this mountain village mourning the death of six schoolchildren, President Andres Pastrana ordered an investigation yesterday after an eyewitness said army troops opened fire on them without provocation.
The army had maintained that the children became caught in combat between leftist rebels and Colombian troops.

Toothless chimp learns to prepare food

PARIS Chimpanzees may not be able to make a fruit salad yet, but they have for the first time learned how to puree vegetables and fruit to change their taste and texture, the British magazine New Scientist is to report Saturday.
Spanish primatologists observed a female chimp, who was brought to the Madrid University zoo in 1992 after the previous owner had her teeth removed to avoid being bitten.
After one year, the zoo noticed the chimp eating apples by rubbing the fruit on the wall and licking the puree. Six other chimps began to imitate her.

Chinese church cool to Vatican ties

BEIJING China's official Roman Catholic Church has informal contacts with the Vatican but won't consider official ties until the Holy See breaks diplomatic relations with Taiwan, the head of the Chinese church said yesterday.
The comments by Bishop Fu Tieshan were unusually conciliatory amid a crackdown on unofficial religious activity.
Communist leaders ordered Chinese Catholics in 1951 to break with Rome and declare allegiance to the state church.

Reunions sadden kin of kidnap victims

SEOUL There was no joy for Choi Woo-young as she watched televised reunions of relatives from North and South Korea who had been separated for 50 years.
For her, the reunions were a reminder of her father, a fisherman who was believed to have been kidnapped by the communist North 13 years ago.
Mrs. Choi, 29, is among relatives of hundreds of South Koreans abducted by North Korea. While most South Koreans were glued to television sets broadcasting this week's tearful reunions, people like Mrs. Choi said they felt neglected.

Philippine rebels free one hostage

JOLO, Philippines Muslim rebels yesterday released a hostage held for nearly four months in a remote jungle hide-out and could free at least a dozen others within a day, negotiators said.
The Abu Sayyaf rebels, who abducted 21 persons from Malaysia's Sipadan diving resort on April 23, freed Filipino Lucrecia Dablo, an employee at the resort.
Negotiators had hoped that at least nine Western hostages would be freed yesterday in a deal bankrolled by Libya.

Palestinian-American killed by Israelis

SURDA, West Bank An elderly Palestinian-American who thought robbers were breaking into his house yesterday fired his pistol, prompting Israeli soldiers patrolling the area to fire back, killing him.
The incident, which some Israeli media described as a botched military operation, drew a stiff rebuke from the Palestinian Authority.
Mahmoud Abdullah, 70, apparently thought the intruders were burglars. His house had been robbed several weeks earlier.

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