- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 1, 2000

Zimbabwe to seize 841 white farms

HARARE, Zimbabwe The government will seize 841 white-owned farms and hand them over to landless blacks by the end of June, a government official announced yesterday.
Vincent Kwenda, described as the director of land acquisition in the office of President Robert Mugabe, made the announcement while touring the country to explain a new land-seizure law passed by ruling party lawmakers last month, state radio reported.
The law empowers the government to seize private land without paying compensation.
Mr. Kwenda said the landless would be allowed to settle on the properties before roads, water supplies, schools and other infrastructure are installed, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corp. reported.

Meles declares war with Eritrea over

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi yesterday declared the border war with neighboring Eritrea ended.
"The war against Eritrea has been accomplished in victory after all Ethiopian territory occupied by the enemy has been liberated," Mr. Meles said in a statement read on state television after a briefing he gave to diplomats.
But he warned that Ethiopia would take appropriate action if there was any provocation from Eritrea.
"Our army has been authorized that they should feel free to take any action if there is any provocation from Eritrea," Mr. Meles said.

A dozen children held hostage in Luxembourg

LUXEMBOURG A heavily armed man held about a dozen children none older than 7 and two teachers hostage at a small-town school on the German border late yesterday, police said. He released eight children earlier.
A 45-year-old Luxembourg man seized the hostages at midafternoon in a preschool in Wasserbillig.
Police said the man is known to have mental problems and is armed with a pistol, hand grenade and a knife. They established contact with the hostage-taker and persuaded him to release eight of the young children.

Founder of Hyundai goes into retirement

SEOUL, South Korea In one of the most significant reforms at South Korea's family-controlled conglomerates, Hyundai Group announced yesterday the retirement of its founder and honorary chairman, Chung Ju-yung.
The largest South Korean business group also announced that Mr. Chung's two powerful sons Chung Mong-ku and Chung Mong-hun will relinquish their managerial Hyundai posts as part of the restructuring.
The Hyundai decision was a victory for the government of President Kim Dae-jung, who has made reforms of conglomerates, or chaebol, the centerpiece of his economic policy goals.

Britain vows to keep force in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone In a bid to reassure the people of Freetown, Britain handed out leaflets yesterday vowing to keep a strong military team in Sierra Leone to help government and U.N. forces after its main marine contingent leaves in June.
Residents are worried that next month's British withdrawal will lead to fresh insecurity in the capital, already packed with civilians who fled fighting in the bush.
President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah appealed to Britain last week to maintain its presence after mid-June. But Prime Minister Tony Blair's government insists most British troops will leave once a U.N. peacekeeping force has reinforced its contingent in the West African country.

Colombia jets down drug-suspect plane

BOGOTA, Colombia Colombian air force fighter jets shot down a light plane on a suspected drug-running mission over the country's northernmost territory in the first such "hot pursuit" incident in five years, authorities said yesterday.
An air force statement said bursts of automatic gunfire from A-37s downed the single-engine, Venezuela-registered Cessna aircraft over the desert of the Guajira Peninsula Tuesday night.
The plane, which had not requested permission to enter Colombia's airspace, was fired upon after its pilot refused to make radio contact or obey an order to make a forced landing, the air force said.

Based on wire dispatches and staff reports.

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