- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 16, 2001

Unpaid dues threaten U.N. staffers' salaries
NEW YORK — The United Nations said yesterday it is in danger of being unable to pay staff salaries from its regular budget because the United States and some other major contributing nations have failed to pay their dues for the year.
Most of the unpaid dues are owed by five countries. The United States owes $298 million, Japan $152 million, Brazil $17.6 million, Argentina $11.5 million and China $7.3 million. The figures do not include arrears on previous years' contributions.

Canada charges Russian in ship collision
OTTAWA — Canadian authorities acting on behalf of the United States charged the captain of the Russian-owned vessel Virgo with involuntary manslaughter yesterday in connection with the fatal collision of a ship and a U.S. fishing trawler last week.
The ship came under suspicion after three fishermen on board the U.S. trawler Starbound were killed Aug. 5 when their boat was hit by an unidentified ship off the coast of Massachusetts.

Paraguay farmers hunt hungry crocodiles
GENERAL DIAZ, Paraguay — Armed with machetes and crude spears, farmers have fanned out into drying swamps and lagoons in western Paraguay to hunt thousands of starving crocodiles.
Paraguay's government has authorized farmers to kill 2,500 endangered crocodiles for their meat and hides, saying the animals are destined to die anyway.

Smoking endangers Chinese men
LONDON — One-third of all the young men in China today will be dead from smoking within the next few decades unless habits there change, new research forecasts.
The study, published this week in the British Medical Journal, tracks the rising death toll from smoking in China, where two-thirds of men smoke.

Bosnian surrenders to war-crimes tribunal
AMSTERDAM — A Bosnian Serb army officer surrendered to a U.N. war-crimes tribunal yesterday to face charges of murder and persecution of Muslims while serving near the eastern town of Srebrenica in 1995.
Lt. Col. Dragan Jokic turned himself in at the court's Banja Luka office and was flown to the Netherlands, where he has been accused of four counts of crimes against humanity.

Terrorist attacks Lourdes sanctuary
LOURDES, France — A Spanish man packed his car with explosives and set it on fire yesterday after ramming through the entrance to the Lourdes sanctuary, where 40,000 people were attending Mass, officials said.
No one was injured in the attack, which occurred during a ceremony to mark the Assumption Day holiday.

Archer appeals perjury sentence
LONDON — Jailed novelist and politician Jeffrey Archer has filed an appeal against his conviction for perjury and perverting the course of justice, court officials said yesterday.
Archer, a former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, was found guilty last month of asking a friend to lie for him when he sued a tabloid newspaper that reported he had hired a prostitute.

Saddam writes novel on Western persecution
BAGHDAD — A novel thought to be written by Saddam Hussein is set to be transformed into a big-budget stage play, with its story of a popular king who falls in love with a commoner and its allegory for the West's persecution of Iraq.
The daily Al-Iraq said yesterday that the novel, "Zabibah and the King," will be brought to life on stage because of its "deep meanings symbolizing the love of the homeland and nation."

Pakistan arrests militant Muslims
LAHORE, Pakistan — Police arrested hundreds of Islamic militants yesterday in a crackdown begun after the president outlawed two Muslim extremist groups accused of violence that has long shaken Pakistan.
In Lahore, police closed offices, searched homes and arrested scores of militants after leader Gen. Pervez Musharraf banned the groups.

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