- The Washington Times - Monday, September 11, 2000

Schilling seeks help, denies CIA link

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines U.S. hostage Jeffrey Schilling, in a taped message broadcast on local radio today, denied he was a CIA agent and appealed for Libyan help in persuading Muslim extremist guerrillas to free him.
"I would like to appeal to the American and Philippine governments to negotiate for my safe release," he said in the message broadcast on DXRZ radio in this southern city.
The 24-year-old from Oakland, Calif., said he was being held by Abu Sayyaf guerrillas in the remote southern island of Jolo "but not mistreated."
"Please see the Libyan government acts as negotiator to end my captivity as soon as possible," he said.

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.

Zimbabwe victims sue Mugabe in New York

HARARE, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's office dismissed a $400 million lawsuit filed in the United States accusing the Zimbabwean leader of violence and human rights abuses, calling the suit a "non-event."
Mr. Mugabe was handed the lawsuit Thursday as he entered a church in Harlem just before delivering a speech there on the margins of the U.N. Millennium Summit held in New York.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in New York, says Mr. Mugabe orchestrated violence and was responsible for human rights abuses including the beating and fatal burning of an opponent prior to June parliamentary elections. Maria Stevens, one of the plaintiffs, said the case was filed on behalf of all Zimbabweans.

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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