- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 14, 2001

U.S. diplomat hounded in Cuba

HAVANA A Cuban canine club has expelled the senior U.S. envoy to Cuba and her dog Havana due to her "hostility" toward the island.

A stern letter from the National Association of Afghan Hounds, told Vicki Huddleston, head of the U.S. Interests Section in Cuba, that her behavior was "incompatible" with the "morals" of the club.

"The government you represent has maintained, for more than 40 years, a policy of hostility against our people and government, with which, despite being an NGO [nongovernmental organization], we are politically and ideologically identified," the letter said.

"Furthermore, you personally have stimulated this hostility" by hosting dissidents at the U.S residence and speaking badly of Cuba to visiting U.S. students, "among so many other things not worth going into," the Feb. 6 letter said.

It was signed by club President Amalia Castro, whose own dog lost to Havana in a recent competition, diplomatic sources said.

Fujimori to face corruption charges

LIMA, Peru Peru's attorney general will press corruption charges against former President Alberto Fujimori, removed from office by Congress in 2000 after spiraling scandals involving his fugitive spy chief, a spokesman said yesterday.

They were the first criminal charges brought against Mr. Fujimori, removed from office as "morally unfit to govern" after he fled to Japan when scandals over Vladimiro Montesinos sparked Peru's worst crisis in a decade.

Former presidents enjoy immunity from prosecution in Peru for five years after their term of office finishes. But Congress has the power to lift this immunity.

China tries master of Web as subversive

BEIJING Seeking to stamp its authority on cyberspace, China put the organizer of a Web site on trial yesterday for publishing articles about democracy, the banned Falun Gong spiritual sect and other materials deemed subversive by prosecutors.

Huang Qi is the first Chinese Web master known to have been prosecuted for publishing political materials. His case underscores the government's determination to stop cyberspace from becoming a forum for opposition to the Communist Party, even while seeking to harness the Internet's economic power.

According to the indictment posted on www.6-4tianwang.com, the Web site Mr. Huang started in 1999, prosecutors accused him of inciting the overthrow of state power and the destruction of national unity. The charges can bring a five-year jail term.

EU proposes new mad-cow measures

STRASBOURG, France The EU Commission proposed new measures yesterday to counter the mad-cow disease crisis, urging a move away from so-called industrial farms, where animals are packed into crowded warehouses and fed mass-produced feed.

EU Farm Commissioner Franz Fischler called for increased support for organic agriculture and said certain subsidies should be available only to herds that contain 90 head of cattle or less.

The mad-cow crisis "demonstrates the need for a return to farming methods that are more in tune with the environment," Mr. Fischler said.

Feed containing bone meal and other animal byproducts has been blamed for spreading bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad-cow disease.

Peacekeepers attacked after Kosovo ambush

STRPCE, Yugoslavia International peacekeepers in Kosovo came under attack yesterday after a busload of Serbs they were escorting ran into an ambush that killed one passenger and injured two, the peacekeepers said.

"One Serbian was killed today and two wounded when a Kfor-escorted convoy was fired upon by an unknown assailant near Grlica," said a Kfor spokesman in Kosovo's capital Pristina.

"The bus continued on to Strpce and took the wounded to the medical center there," the spokesman added.

Immediately after the ambush, angry Serbs gathered at the local headquarters of Kfor and the U.N. police in Strpce, southern Kosovo. They threw gasoline bombs and rocks, badly damaging seven Kfor and U.N. vehicles, an eyewitness said.

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