- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 23, 2001

Hutu guerrillas fire mortars on army camp
BUJUMBURA, Burundi Hutu guerrillas of the National Liberation Front in Burundi opened a mortar attack on an army camp to the southeast of the capital late Friday, a military source said.
Loud explosions and machine-gun fire were heard in the capital just before midnight.
Guards in the camp responded briefly with machine-gun fire, and then the attack ceased.
Ethnic Hutu rebels have been waging a civil war against the government and army, dominated by the minority Tutsis, since 1993.

Elections under way in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe Thousands voted in central Zimbabwe yesterday in a by-election to fill the parliamentary seat left vacant by the death of controversial war veteran leader Chenjerai Hunzvi, state radio said.
Mr. Hunzvi, who died in June, spearheaded a campaign of white-farm occupations which began in February last year and continues to this day. There were no reports of violence.
The two-day election pits Bernard Makokove of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front against Oswald Ndanga of the main opposition party, Movement for Democratic Change.

Kuwaiti emir in stable condition
KUWAIT CITY Kuwait's emir, a key U.S. ally in the Middle East, was in stable condition at a London hospital yesterday, a day after suffering a brain hemorrhage, Kuwaiti officials said.
Kuwaiti Health Minister Mohammed Jarrallah said officials were "very happy" with the results of a brain scan performed in Britain, where the ailing 75-year-old Sheik Jaber Ahmed Sabah was flown Friday.
Officials at London's Cromwell Hospital have declined to comment on his condition, citing patient confidentiality.
Kuwait has pledged support for Washington's war on terrorism following the Sept. 11 attacks.
U.S. planes already use Kuwaiti bases to patrol Iraq, its 1991 Persian Gulf war foe, and Kuwait is the site of one of three caches of heavy military equipment positioned to supply U.S. troops.

North Korea denies exporting missiles
SEOUL North Korea denied a CIA report that said the communist state continued to export missile equipment and technology to countries in the Middle East, South Asia and North Africa last year.
"It's nothing but a shameless allegation. The United States is absurdly picking quarrels with us and other countries," the state-run Korean Central Radio said Friday in a commentary monitored by South Korean government officials, who faxed its transcript to the Associated Press.
In a report to Congress earlier this month, the CIA said North Korea "places a high priority to the development and sale of ballistic missiles," one of the isolated country's main sources of hard currency.

Layoffs hit newspapers in Hong Kong
HONG KONG About 80 journalists have been laid off at one of Hong Kong's two English-language newspapers, sources said yesterday. The newspaper is set to change itself into a business and sports daily.
Many of the staff at the iMail were informed of the cuts by courier late Friday and told to clear their desks yesterday, one journalist said.
The iMail, formerly the Hong Kong Standard, was started in March last year.

Mad cow disease confirmed in Japan
TOKYO The Japanese government yesterday confirmed Asia's first case of mad cow disease after tests by British experts showed that a Japanese dairy cow had been infected.
The Veterinary Laboratories Agency, a British government body, reported late Friday that a tissue sample from the 5-year-old cow tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
Mad cow disease is a brain-wasting illness linked to the fatal Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, its human variant. The condition has killed about 100 people in Britain since the mid-1980s.

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