- The Washington Times - Monday, December 18, 2000

Pardoned Pope heads home from Russia

BERLIN U.S. businessman Edmond Pope was discharged yesterday from a U.S. military hospital where he had been undergoing tests since his release after months in a Russian prison on espionage charges, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Mr. Pope, the first American convicted of espionage in Russia in 40 years, will be heading home today or tomorrow.

Mr. Pope, 54, has suffered in the past from a rare form of bone cancer, and doctors said Friday it was not clear if it had resurfaced. They also ran tests for three lesions that were possible skin cancer.

He was pardoned Thursday by Russian President Vladimir Putin and immediately flew to Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

Peru mutineer turns himself in

LIMA, Peru An army officer who led a group of military mutineers against ex-President Alberto Fujimori turned himself in to authorities in Lima yesterday after being on the run since October when his brief uprising fizzled.

"We have come here to ask for justice and the charges to be dropped," Lt. Col. Ollanta Humala told reporters from the state human rights office in the capital before being placed in military detention.

Col. Humala a veteran of Peru's jungle wars against leftist rebels and a group of more than 50 soldiers briefly took over a mining town in October in southern Peru.

Reconciliation Day shows whites divided

JOHANNESBURG South Africa's Reconciliation Day yesterday showed deep divisions among the nation's white population: Rising racial tension galvanized some to publish a declaration of collective guilt while others paid homage to apartheid.

A group of prominent white South Africans formally declared collective guilt for apartheid and started a fund at Cape Town's St. George's Cathedral to help poor blacks and try to narrow a widening racial gap just six years into democracy.

At the same time, right-wingers gathered at an apartheid-era monument erected at Blood River in KwaZulu-Natal province to celebrate the original reason for the public holiday the routing of Zulus warriors by Afrikaners on Dec. 16, 1838.

Nurse can stay in Nicaragua

MANAGUA, Nicaragua A Nicaraguan judge ruled that an American nurse can remain in the country, overturning a government resolution that tried to force her out because she treated left-wing rebels.

Government officials had revoked Dorothy Granada's residency and ordered her to leave Nicaragua or face criminal charges. They have accused the 70-year-old nurse of caring for members of the Andres Castro United Front, a radical paramilitary group of ex-Sandinista soldiers, and of performing abortions, which are illegal here.

On Friday, however, Judge Alvaro Ramirez annulled the government's resolution because he said she was not given the right to defend herself.

Rioters rampage in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe Rioters set fire to cars and shattered windows in a Harare city mall yesterday after a street vendor was killed by a stray gunshot from a policeman, police said.

Dozens of police fired tear gas, and several people were injured as officers battled to control about 200 people who had attacked police in Harare's old city district after the accidental shooting, witnesses said.

Calm was later restored to the area. But police confirmed that the woman vendor had been killed by a stray shot in the neck after an officer fired on a commuter minibus that had defied an order to stop at a nearby roadblock.

Rebels refuse to pull back in Congo

KIGALI, Rwanda Rebels in Congo said yesterday they would not participate in a plan to pull back armed forces from the country's vast front line until President Laurent Kabila met key demands.

Defense chiefs from six African countries involved in the war, as well as the main rebel group, signed an agreement earlier this month to withdraw troops 10 miles from the front line in a 45-day operation that was due to start Friday.

The Rwandan-backed Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD) said they would not withdraw until Mr. Kabila began to help disarm militia groups in Congo, including Hutu fighters responsible for Rwanda's 1994 genocide.

Tigers maul trainer to death in India

CALCUTTA A 20-year-old circus performer was mauled to death by three tigers during a performance in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, police said yesterday.

Rita Chetri was attacked late Friday during her act in which nine tigers were required to jump over her and then pass through a ring of fire, according to Howrah district police officer, A.B. Sen.

"One of the big cats bit Chetri. Then two others joined in and mauled her till the circus ringmaster Ramanand Thakur intervened," Mr. Sen said.

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