- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 20, 2000

Death of immigrants triggers investigation

DOVER, England Britain launched a major inquiry yesterday into "the profoundly evil" crime syndicates that smuggle immigrants after 58 persons thought to be Chinese were found dead in the unrefrigerated, sealed compartment of a tomato truck.
Two men huddled near the door at the back of the Dutch-registered truck survived the five-hour journey across the English Channel, from the Belgian port of Zeebrugge to the southeast port of Dover.
The survivors were hospitalized at a secret location for fear they would be abducted or killed before identifying the agents who sold them their deadly passage to the West.

Congolese fighting leaves 518 dead

KIGALI, Rwanda At least 518 persons, including 319 Congolese civilians, died during the week Rwandan and Ugandan troops battled over the northern Congolese city of Kisangani, the International Red Cross said yesterday.
In Geneva, the United Nations' special envoy for Congo, Kemal Morjane, said both Rwanda and Uganda had completed withdrawing their troops from Kisangani as demanded by the U.N. Security Council in a resolution adopted Friday.
Philippe Spoerri, a Red Cross representative in the city, said the death toll could rise as local aid workers clear away the rubble of bombed-out houses and apartments.

Indonesian violence kills more than 100

JAKARTA, Indonesia More than 110 people were killed in clashes between Muslims and Christians on the island of Halmahera in Indonesia's Maluku islands, the state Antara news agency said today.
Antara, in a report from the town of Ternate, said the clashes left 114 dead before troops intervened and separated the two sides in the subdistrict of Galela on Halmahera island in the North Malukus yesterday morning.
Another 70 persons were seriously injured in the hourlong clash in the village of Duma, in which the two sides fought with homemade guns, crude bombs and arrows.
Police and military in the area could not immediately be reached for comment on the agency report.

French diplomat named top U.N. peacekeeper

NEW YORK Secretary-General Kofi Annan yesterday appointed a French defense expert, diplomat and author to the key post of head of U.N. peacekeeping, supervising 15 missions around the world.
Jean-Marie Guehenno, a senior French civil servant, chairs the board of France's Institute of Advanced Studies on National Defense.
He will replace a fellow Frenchmen, Bernard Miyet, on Oct. 1 as undersecretary-general in charge of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, said a U.N. spokesman.

U.S. asks Zimbabwe to accredit observers

The United States urged Zimbabwe yesterday to quickly accredit American observers for this weekend's fiercely contested parliamentary elections.
"Neither the National Democratic Institute nor the International Republican Institute have yet received their accreditations despite multiple requests to the government" in Harare, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said.
He said the authorities in the southern African nation have provided no explanation for the delay.
Mr. Boucher said the United States was ready to fund more than 10,000 observers for the election, in addition to the ones from the two U.S. institutes.

Masseuse rewarded for listening to clients

SYDNEY, Australia A court awarded $15,600 in damages yesterday to a masseuse who developed depression after listening to clients talk about their problems.
Carol Vanderpoel, 52, sued the Blue Mountains Women's Health Center at Katoomba, west of Sydney, claiming she was forced to deal with emotionally disturbed clients without training as a counselor or debriefing to cope with resultant stress.
Based on wire dispatches and staff reports.

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