- The Washington Times - Friday, May 19, 2000

World Bank defies U.S. with Iran loan

Despite strong U.S. opposition, the World Bank Thursday approved two loans to Iran totaling $232 million. Iran last received bank loans in 1993.
World Bank President James Wolfensohn said several members of the executive board expressed "deep concern with current internal events in Iran," but others concluded the country's basic human needs took priority.
Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright told reporters the United States lobbied against the loan, citing a "show trial" of 13 Iranian Jews charged with spying, as well as Iran's continuing state sponsorship of terrorism.

Killings continue in Zimbabwe campaign

HARARE, Zimbabwe Two more persons have been killed in a clash with backers of President Robert Mugabe's ruling party and many more hurt in rising violence in advance of a general election next month, an opposition official said Thursday.
News of Wednesday's killings, which raised the death toll in three months of political and land-related violence to 23, came shortly after the main opposition party predicted a surge in state-sponsored violence against opposition supporters.
The main opposition group, the Movement for Democratic Change, has emerged as the biggest challenge to Mr. Mugabe's 20 years in power.

Former archbishop of Canterbury dies

LONDON Donald Coggan, leader of the world's Anglicans as archbishop of Canterbury from 1974 to 1980 and a strong supporter of the ordination of women, has died at age 90.
Archbishop Coggan died Wednesday at a nursing home near Winchester following a long illness, a spokesman for the church said Thursday.
The archbishop formally proposed the ordination of women in 1970, but it was not until 1994 that the Church of England admitted women to the priesthood.

Japan sets elections, but remark clouds vote

TOKYO The new prime minister Thursday announced general elections would be held June 25, but analysts said his ruling party would have a tough time courting voters offended by his description of Japan as "a divine nation."
Hoping to retain its lead in parliament, the Liberal Democratic Party figured to attract sympathy votes following the death of former Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi on Sunday.
But new Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, who took charge after Mr. Obuchi suffered a stroke, is still trying to quiet a furor over his remarks earlier this week that Japan was "a divine nation centering on the emperor."

Based on wire dispatches and staff reports.

Peru candidate says he won't run

LIMA, Peru Alejandro Toledo said Thursday he will not participate in the May 28 runoff against President Alberto Fujimori, but officials rejected his call to postpone the vote.
"I have come to tell you that Peru Possible will not participate," Mr. Toledo, a U.S.-trained economist who finished second in the vote last month, said at a news conference, citing what he called irregularities in the election process.
Hours earlier, protesters yelling, "Get out, tyrant!" stoned Mr. Fujimori's vehicle at a campaign rally in Ayacucho.

Fiji coup leaves rebels in charge

SYDNEY, Australia Armed protesters stormed Fiji's parliament early Friday, seizing the prime minister and seven Cabinet ministers and locking them in an upstairs room, according to news reports.
Shots were fired inside the building during the attack by seven men wearing civilian clothes.
The Labor government of Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry, which is dominated by ethnic Indians, has been under fire recently from Fijian nationalists.

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