- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 2, 2003

COLOMBIA
Leftist rebels free foreign journalists
SARAVENA Leftist guerrillas freed an American photographer and a British reporter yesterday after kidnapping them 11 days earlier in one of the most violent regions of Colombia.
Scott Dalton, 34, of Conroe, Texas, and Ruth Morris, 35, a British citizen raised in Southern California, were the first foreign journalists to be kidnapped in Colombia's four-decade-long war. Both live in Bogota and had been in Arauca on assignment for the Los Angeles Times.
The National Liberation Army, known as the ELN, released the journalists to an International Red Cross delegate in eastern Colombia, not far from where they were abducted, a Red Cross spokesman said.

IVORY COAST
100,000 protesters shout 'Death to Chirac'
ABIDJAN Nearly 100,000 loyalists marched through Ivory Coast's main city yesterday, burning French flags and calling for the death of French President Jacques Chirac in the biggest protest yet against a French-brokered peace deal.
The demonstration by government supporters angered at the prospect of sharing power with rebels came as West African leaders met with President Laurent Gbagbo in Abidjan to try to salvage the accord.
French and other foreigners have been fleeing loyalist rampages in the former French colony ahead of Mr. Gbagbo's tensely awaited and repeatedly delayed pronouncement on whether the peace deal would stand.

ITALY
British admiral's photo found in terror raid
NAPLES Italian police found a photograph of Britain's most senior military man, Adm. Michael Boyce, in an apartment where they arrested 28 Pakistanis in a big anti-terror raid, judicial and police sources said yesterday.
Adm. Boyce, chief of the defense staff, is due to visit NATO's installations in Naples in mid-March. His photo was in a Pakistani newspaper and was ringed in ink, sources said.
The raid on the Forcella district lodgings in central Naples on Wednesday night, which police said also uncovered explosives, false documents and maps, was one of the biggest anti-terrorism operations in Italy since the September 11 attacks.

ZIMBABWE
Passenger, freight trains collide; 40 killed
HARARE A crowded passenger train and a freight train collided head-on and burst into flames yesterday in northwestern Zimbabwe, killing 40 persons and injuring about 60.
Transport Minister Witness Mangwende blamed the crash on human error, saying a signal mistake sent the trains hurtling toward each other on the same track.
The southbound freight train was carrying flammable liquid, and the passenger train was headed to the northwestern resort town of Victoria Falls. They crashed near the coal-mining center of Hwange, about 190 miles from the western city of Bulawayo.

EGYPT
122-year-old man reported dead
CAIRO A 122-year-old man, whose age, if substantiated, would have made him the oldest living person on the planet, has died in Egypt, a newspaper reported yesterday.
Al-Wafd newspaper said Youssef Mohamed Attia al-Chadhli, a carpenter from the town of Damietta on Egypt's Mediterranean coast, had eight children, the oldest of whom had died at age 72.
The current holder of the record for the world's oldest living person is Japan's Kamato Hongo, who the Guinness Book of Records Web site says took the title in March at age 114.
A South African woman who died in January, reportedly at 122, had failed to claim the record because she could not produce the necessary proof of her age.

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