- The Washington Times - Monday, September 11, 2000

Britain asks IRA to open arms dumps

BELFAST Britain's Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Mandelson said yesterday he hoped the Irish Republican Army guerrilla group would reopen its arms dumps for international inspection shortly.

He said he was satisfied that the IRA's dumps were "safe and secure" but added: "The important thing is to ensure that the arms and explosives have not been used in the meantime. That's the importance of re-inspection."

Mr. Mandelson urged the IRA to continue honoring its pledge to allow inspection of the secret dumps where it keeps the weaponry it used in its war against British rule.

Mbeki reiterates doubt over HIV and AIDS link

JOHANNESBURG South African President Thabo Mbeki stoked the dispute over AIDS again yesterday, when his government released quotes he gave in an interview with Time magazine in which he reiterates that he believes HIV is not the only cause of the disease.

The government said in a statement that it was releasing excerpts of the interview, the edited version of which was due to be published by Time today, because of media queries after the interview was reported in South Africa's press.

Mud wall kills 10 in Italy flooding

SOVERATO, Italy Floodwater and mud swept through a campsite in southern Italy yesterday, killing 10 persons, some of them among a group of disabled vacationers.

The death toll figure was announced by Interior Minister Enzo Bianco, who visited the scene of the disaster at the campsite, a few miles north of the coastal town of Soverato in the region of Calabria in the toe of Italy.

Rights groups seeks access to church files

BUENOS AIRES Human rights leaders said yesterday an apology from Argentina's Roman Catholic Church for sins of the past did little to right past wrongs and called on the church to open its files on the brutal 1976-1983 military dictatorship it failed to oppose.

For the second time since 1996, the church has asked forgiveness for its sins throughout Argentine history, seeming to single out its laissez-faire posture during the dictatorship's liquidation of thousands of left-wing guerrillas and their suspected sympathizers.

Official records list 15,000 people who "disappeared" meaning their bodies were never found during the "Dirty War" driven by the military machine. Human rights groups put the number at 30,000.

Car wreck injures Luxembourg prince

PARIS William of Luxembourg, the son of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, was seriously injured yesterday in a car accident near Paris, police said.

The 37-year-old prince was hospitalized and in serious condition at the Henri-Mondo hospital in the southern Paris suburb of Creteil.

Police said William's small rental car hit a vehicle driving in front of it and flipped several times as it crossed the highway into oncoming traffic and crashed with an oncoming car.

High jobless rate hits Syria economy

DAMASCUS, Syria Syria's unemployment rate has reached its highest average ever, rising to 9.5 percent in 1999, according to an official report published yesterday in the state-owned Tishrin newspaper.

The Central Statistics Department report said the jobless rate increased from a 1994 estimate of 7.4 percent.

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