- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 21, 2000

Prison confrontation continues in Turkey

ISTANBUL Turkish security forces and leftist inmates wielding makeshift flame-throwers confronted each other for a third day yesterday, with ministers urging the prisoners to end what they term meaningless resistance.

At least 19 persons, 17 of them prisoners, have died in fiery protests since paramilitary police stormed 20 prisons on Tuesday to end hunger-strike protests against prison-reform plans.

Two prisons remain to be subdued.

The violence has drawn concern from the European Union, which Turkey wants to join, and sparked demonstrations across Turkey and in European cities.

Algerian death toll rises to 277 for month

ALGIERS The death toll in Algeria during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan rose to at least 277 yesterday, giving the country's president a stark choice between reconciliation or all-out war on armed Islamic extremists.

Five members of the same family were killed Tuesday night near Djendel, 70 miles southwest of the capital, Algiers, residents said.

Gunmen armed with automatic weapons and axes attacked the family in its home late Tuesday, killing the father, mother and three children between the ages of 8 and 20, residents said.

A fourth child was wounded in the attack.

Panday is sworn in for new Trinidad term

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago Baseo Panday was sworn in yesterday as prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago for a second five-year term, nine days after his party won a majority of the parliamentary seats in general elections.

President Arthur Robinson administered the oath of office to Mr. Panday, 67, at the presidential residence here.

His United National Congress party won 19 seats in the lower house, compared with 16 for the opposition People's National Movement, the party of Patrick Manning. The Tobago-based National Alliance for Reconstruction won the remaining seat.

Chissano rival ends dispute in Mozambique

MAPUTO, Mozambique Former Mozambican rebel chief and now opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama finally recognized the government of President Joaquim Chissano yesterday, after seven hours of talks on the year-old electoral dispute.

In a joint communique signed by the two men, Mr. Dhlakama for the first time referred to Mr. Chissano as the president of the republic.

"The fact that we met here and are shaking hands for the first time after the elections means everything," Mr. Dhlakama said after their meeting in Mozambique's Parliament building.

U.N. aide condemns Liberian president

NEW YORK Evidence of Liberian President Charles Taylor's involvement in illegal diamond-and arms-trafficking with Sierra Leone's rebels is "100 percent" solid, the top diamond expert on a U.N.-appointed panel said yesterday.

The panel called Tuesday for an embargo on all diamonds from Liberia until it demonstrates that it is no longer involved in trafficking gems from and arms to war-ravaged Sierra Leone.

Mr. Taylor insisted yesterday his administration was not involved in any diamond smuggling or gunrunning for Sierra Leone's Revolutionary United Front rebels, with whom he has close ties.

Greenpeace slams nuclear shipment

SAO PAULO, Brazil The environmental group Greenpeace Brazil yesterday criticized plans for what it described as the largest nuclear-waste shipment in history to be transported through South American waters en route to Japan.

The British ship Pacific Swan, carrying 192 cases of highly radioactive nuclear waste that it took on board in France, is expected to reach the Brazilian coastline in two weeks' time, Greenpeace Brazil said.

Its cargo is "the equivalent of more than 40 times the radiation released in the Chernobyl [nuclear] accident," the organization said.

"If an accident happened to the ship, with its cargo set adrift along the Brazilian coast, the damage to public health and the environment would be catastrophic," said Ruy de Goes of Greenpeace Brazil.

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