- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 5, 2000

Keith menaces Mexico as tropical storm

MEXICO CITY Keith was upgraded yesterday to a tropical storm and menaced Mexico's Gulf states following its assault on parts of Central America where it was blamed for at least 14 deaths.
The U.S. Hurricane Center in Miami warned that Keith was expected to gain force over the next 24 hours and did not rule out that it could become a hurricane again.
Mexico's civilian protection service said Keith was expected to unleash torrential rains in the Gulf states of Veracruz and Tabasco and in the northern portion of southern Chiapas state.

Polish protest lead by election hopeful

WARSAW About 10,000 Poles led by the Solidarity bloc's presidential candidate marched in downtown Warsaw yesterday to protest the veto of a bill aimed at giving state-owned apartments and farmland to their current users.
The demonstration was organized by Marian Krzaklewski, who is trailing badly in public opinion polls behind President Aleksander Kwasniewski heading into Sunday's election.
Mr. Kwasniewski, a former communist, vetoed the bill after parliament narrowly approved it last month. He said it was too vague and could have damaged the economy.

Peru captures rebel leader

LIMA, Peru Peruvian police said yesterday they had captured a leading member of a radical fringe of the Shining Path guerrilla group, which sowed terror with car bombs and killings in its war on the state in the 1980s and 1990s.
A police source who asked not to be named said Carlos Huaman Fernandez, known as "Cirilo," was captured in a school in the central Andean department of Junin, where he was a teacher. The source did not say when he was arrested.
Cirilo was believed to be one of the top members of the radical fringe of the Maoist group, which has largely been eliminated since the 1992 arrest of its leader, Abimael Guzman, then Peru's most wanted man. Guzman is serving life in jail.

Japan's royals checked for tuberculosis

TOKYO Japan's crown prince and princess will be tested for a tuberculosis infection after one of their attendants caught the disease, officials said yesterday.
Crown Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako will go to a hospital on the palace grounds today for tests including X-rays, said Imperial Household Agency spokesman Chifuru Ashizawa.

Crowd attacks U.N. bus in Kosovo

PRISTINA, Yugoslavia About 50 people attacked a U.N. bus carrying 22 Serb police officers and translators yesterday in the Serbian part of the divided northern city of Kosovska Mitrovica, U.N. police said.
The crowd threw stones at the bus, breaking windows and slightly injuring three of the 12 officers, who are from the newly formed Kosovo Police Service. The attack happened as the bus drove near the main bridge over the Ibar River, which divides the city into an ethnic Albanian southern sector and a Serbian northern part.
The Kosovo Police Service was instituted by U.N. police officers, who trained new recruits from the local population to police their areas.

Stuffed bushman returns home

GABORONE, Botswana A stuffed African bushman, whose display in a Spanish museum provoked international outrage, was received as a celebrity yesterday after returning to the continent he was taken from 170 years ago.
Hundreds of well-wishers sang Botswana's national anthem and tried to elbow their way into the community hall where his casket was on display.
The bushman is believed to have died at age 27, but his name is not known. His body was reportedly stolen from his grave, stuffed and brought to Europe in 1830 by French taxidermist Edouard Verrauc and his brother. Spanish naturalist Francisco de Darder bought the body and bequeathed it to a museum in the Spanish town of Banyoles, where it was put on display in 1916.

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