- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 15, 2001

Kidnappers claim their own video
BEIRUT — Lebanon's Hezbollah's Manar Television said yesterday the organization had a videotape of the abduction of three Israeli soldiers last October.
A Hezbollah official said the organization filmed all its operations and would use this one to pressure Israel into releasing Lebanese detainees held in Israel.
Hezbollah said its film was separate from a videotape taken by U.N. peacekeepers the day after the Oct. 7 abduction, which has been at the center of controversy over the past few days.
The United Nations, which for months denied the existence of a tape taken by peacekeepers, recently acknowledged its existence and agreed to let Lebanon and Israel see an edited version of it.

Hero Elian gets museum display
HAVANA — A museum in Elian Gonzalez's hometown opened an exhibition yesterday on Cuba's successful efforts to bring the boy back from the United States last year.
The Oscar Maria Rojas Museum in the city of Cardenas, about 85 miles east of Havana, will display photos and newspaper articles on the boy's return to Cuba, the government said.
Elian, now 7, was found floating in an inner tube off Florida after a boat carrying Cuban emigrants sank, killing his mother and 10 others. His rescue touched off a custody battle between his father in Cuba, Juan Miguel Gonzalez, and other relatives in Florida.

Korean students burn U.S. flag
SEOUL — Student activists in South Korea burned a U.S. flag and traded kicks and punches with police yesterday to protest Washington's missile program.
About 100 chanting demonstrators gathered in front of the main U.S. military base in the Yongsan district of central Seoul, yelling their opposition to the Bush administration's plan for a missile-shield system.
Shoving matches erupted when police tried, unsuccessfully, to take away an American flag a student intended to burn.
"Yankee go home" students chanted as the flag went up in flames.

Sudan hopes for new democracy
CAIRO — Sudan's ruling National Congress (NC) party would give up power if it lost democratic elections following any successful peace conference sponsored by Egypt and Libya, its leader said here yesterday.
"If our party is not elected, then we are ready to be in the opposition," said NC Secretary General Ibrahim Ahmed Omar, summing up remarks he gave in Arabic at a press conference at the Sudanese Embassy in Cairo.
The Khartoum government and main opposition groups in the last two weeks accepted the Arab initiative, which calls for a transitional government in Sudan as well as democracy and unity between the warring north and south.

Zimbabwe targets "unprofessional" reporters
HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwean Information Minister Jonathan Moyo announced yesterday the government is preparing a law targeting "unprofessionalism in journalism" practiced, according to him, by the opposition press.
Mr. Moyo, whose remarks were broadcast on state television, accused the opposition press of "inventing stories," concerning reputed rifts between President Robert Mugabe and people in his party.
Many local journalists have become victims of aggression and intimidation by the authorities.

Death precedes change in Bangladesh government
DHAKA, Bangladesh — Four persons were killed in political strife in Bangladesh yesterday despite tight security ahead of an expected change of government.
The security beef-up followed the dissolution of parliament late on Friday at the end of its five-year term and threats by opposition parties to impose "people's rule" unless the caretaker authority took over immediately.
Police said two persons were killed in a shootout.

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