- The Washington Times - Friday, November 24, 2000

2 bombs explode in Haitian suburb

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti Two bombs exploded in a suburb of Haiti's capital yesterday, killing a 7-year-old girl on her way to school and injuring two other persons in a second day of violence ahead of weekend elections.

The bombs exploded in two locations in suburban Carrefour, the private Radio Metropole reported. Police defused a third bomb found on the ground across the street from the Organization of American States headquarters in the upscale neighborhood of Petionville.

Violence has cast a shadow over Sunday's presidential election, which is expected to be won by former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Seven bombs exploded Wednesday, killing a teen-age boy and injuring at least 14 on busy streets in and around Port-au-Prince.

Protesters enraged by the girl's death set up flaming tire barricades to block Carrefour Road, one of the capital's main thoroughfares.

EU, Balkan chiefs gather in Croatia

ZAGREB, Croatia European Union and Balkan leaders arrived in Zagreb yesterday for a groundbreaking summit that will hail progress toward peace and democracy in southeastern Europe after a decade of violence, ethnic strife and misrule.

Leaders of the 15 EU member states, gathering in the region for the first time, will sit down today with the leaders of Croatia, Yugoslavia, Macedonia, Bosnia, Slovenia and Albania and congratulate them on the region's political rebirth.

A hefty aid package and promises of eventual membership in the EU club will be offered as a reward for continued democratization, stability and economic improvements in a region made Europe's poorest by war, corruption and mismanagement.

Basque killing spurs massive demonstration

BARCELONA, Spain Nearly a million people took to the streets here yesterday to protest the slaying of a much-loved and highly respected former government minister the 21st killing blamed on the Basque separatist group ETA this year.

Behind a banner proclaiming "Catalonia for Peace. ETA No," center-right Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, his Socialist predecessor, Felipe Gonzalez, and dozens of other politicians from across the country led the march to protest Tuesday's shooting of 63-year-old Ernest Lluch.

Police initially put the crowd size at 100,000, but Barcelona City Hall later increased it to 900,000. The sea of people, many carrying small placards reading "ETA No," swarmed its way along seven blocks from downtown Barcelona's Paseig de Gracia to Plaza Catalunya square.

Panama orders alert; Colombia attack feared

PUERTO OBALDIA, Panama Panama declared a state of alert along its southern border yesterday, citing intelligence reports of an attack planned for mid-December by groups based in Colombia.

Announcing the state of alert, Panamanian Justice Minister Winston Spadafora did not specify whether the attacks were believed planned by Colombian left-wing rebels or by right-wing paramilitaries.

Puerto Obaldia, on Panama's Caribbean coast, and the village of Maliwita were the likely targets, he said. Additional soldiers have been sent to the area, along with four helicopters.

Canada's Liberal Party gets a mixed message

MONTREAL Opinion polls put out a mixed message for Canada's ruling Liberal Party yesterday after one survey showed crumbling support, another had it standing firm, and a third pointed toward a rebound just days from the Monday national election.

An Environics polls released early yesterday had support for the Liberals bouncing back over the past three days after a setback last week when opposition parties stepped up their criticism of Prime Minister Jean Chretien.

The Environics Research Group's daily tracking poll showed the Liberals with 42 percent support among decided voters in the Nov. 16 to 22 period, down from 46 percent in the Nov. 8 to 14 poll.

But Environics said the Liberals gained three points to hit 45 percent in the second half of the latest survey period.

Bissau army storms base rebels gone

LISBON, Portugal Army units in Guinea-Bissau stormed a military garrison where mutinous soldiers were believed to be holed up yesterday, but the rebels had already fled and were at large in the West African country.

Antonio Dias, the Portuguese ambassador in Bissau, the capital, said the army met no resistance when it assaulted the Bissalanca garrison five miles outside the city.

"Shots were fired during the assault, but I believe there was no return fire," Mr. Dias said by phone.

He said there was no word on the whereabouts of the insurgents and their leader, Brig. Ansumane Mane.

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