- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 18, 2001

Aristide meets with Castro
HAVANA Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide met with Cuban counterpart Fidel Castro yesterday, kicking off a state visit here aimed at strengthening bilateral ties, Cuban officials said.
Mr. Aristide, who arrived here on Monday accompanied by a sizable entourage, was officially welcomed by Mr. Castro in a ceremony outside the presidential palace.
After the ceremony, the leaders met to discuss bilateral relations, international affairs and issues of regional interest, said the Foreign Ministry.
Neither president made a statement to the press following their meeting.

Taiwan's ruling party withdraws Hitler ads
TAIPEI, Taiwan After fierce criticism from Jewish groups, Taiwan's ruling party said yesterday it would halt television ads aimed at drumming up youth involvement that included an image of Adolf Hitler.
The Democratic Progressive Party, or DPP, said in a short statement it will stop airing the commercial as of Friday "out of respect for the holocaust victims" and "to avoid further misinterpretations."
The ad, designed to encourage young people to be bold and share their ideas with the party, showed scenes of Hitler along with other famous orators, including President Kennedy and Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
Many Taiwanese lack a deep understanding of the Holocaust. They are much more familiar with the atrocities committed by Japan, which controlled Taiwan and parts of China during World War II.

U.S. rape suspect to ask for release
TOKYO A U.S. airman suspected of raping a Japanese woman in southern Okinawa island will ask a local court today for his release from detention, nearly two weeks after Tokyo and Washington haggled over his transfer to Japanese custody.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy Woodland will tell the court that his detention, now more than 10 days, is unnecessary as there is no fear that he will flee or destroy evidence, Kyodo news agency quoted his attorney as saying.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. military could not confirm the report.
Tsuyoshi Arakaki was quoted as saying that Sgt. Woodland cannot leave the country because his passport is held by the U.S. military and that even if he were to be released on bail, he would be placed under house arrest at his air base.
Sgt. Woodland was handed into the custody of Japanese police earlier this month and subsequently arrested, but a week after the suspected assault and four days after a warrant was issued.

Falun Gong plans book-fair surprise
HONG KONG Members of the Falun Gong spiritual movement, outlawed in mainland China, said yesterday they will boost their presence at Hong Kong's book fair this week to draw attention to Beijing's two-year crackdown on the group.
"We will not be doing our meditation exercises. We will do something very surprising and wonderful," said Peng Shi, a Falun Gong member close to the group's organizers at the book fair.
He said that unlike previous years, the group will not be selling its books. What its members intend to do when the fair opens today remains a mystery.
The Hong Kong government has said it is keeping a close eye on the group and echoes Beijing in calling it an "evil cult," but it has said it has no plans to outlaw Falun Gong.

Elephant tramples Ethiopian poacher
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia An elephant trampled an Ethiopian poacher to death last week when he tried to shoot the animal and steal its tusks, the state-run news agency said yesterday.
"One of the giant beasts trampled him to death and also smashed his rifle to smithereens," the Ethiopian News Agency said, quoting police.
Police said other poachers who attempted to kill elephants had met similar fate.
The trampled poacher was identified as Bekele Kujo, a security guard from the Tocha district in the south of the Horn of Africa country.


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