- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 2, 2004

HAITI

Violence, prison riot kill at least a dozen

PORT-AU-PRINCE — U.N. peacekeepers patrolled the streets of Haiti’s capital as gunfire rang out yesterday, a day after a prison riot and shootouts killed a dozen persons and left scores injured during a visit by Secretary of State Colin L. Powell.

City workers dragged the bullet-riddled body of gardener James Hipolite, 24, from the steps of a monument in front of the National Palace yesterday morning. Witnesses said the man was shot the day before when U.N. troops fired in response to shooting near the palace as Mr. Powell met with Prime Minister Gerard Latortue.

FRANCE

Raffarin seeks ban on Arab TV channel

PARIS — French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin yesterday called for a television channel close to the Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah to be taken off the air after it accused Israel of exporting AIDS to the Middle East.

Al-Manar was authorized to broadcast by satellite inside the European Union only two weeks ago, after it signed an agreement with France’s Higher Audiovisual Council not to incite hatred or violence.

CUBA

Government frees dissident journalist

HAVANA — Cuba freed an independent journalist from prison yesterday, the sixth dissident released this week as the communist government tried to show international observers it is cleaning up its human rights record.

Edel Jose Garcia Diaz, 60, was freed early yesterday, Esperanza Garcia, his sister, said.

The freed dissidents were among a group of 75 who were rounded up in March 2003.

PERU

Top court confirms Berenson conviction

LIMA — The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has upheld the conviction and 20-year sentence of Lori Berenson, a New York native imprisoned in Peru for terrorist collaboration with Marxist guerrillas, President Alejandro Toledo said yesterday.

The human rights court, the legal arm of the Organization of American States, last week debated Berenson’s appeal of her conviction in a civilian retrial in 2001, but it has not officially announced the ruling.

BRITAIN

Anti-war lawmaker wins libel case

LONDON — British parliamentarian George Galloway, one of the most outspoken critics of the war in Iraq, won a libel battle with the Daily Telegraph newspaper yesterday over its accusations that he was “in the pay” of Saddam Hussein.

High Court Judge David Eady awarded the Scottish lawmaker $291,000 and refused to allow the newspaper to appeal. In March, Mr. Galloway accepted an undisclosed sum from the Christian Science Monitor over a similar story.

Mr. Galloway was expelled from Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Labor Party last year after branding Mr. Blair and President Bush “wolves” for their invasion of Iraq.

BRITAIN

American sentenced in policeman’s murder

LONDON — An American man was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for murdering a wounded British policeman who had been pleading for his life.

David Francis Bieber, 38, of Florida, was found guilty of fatally shooting Ian Broadhurst in Leeds on Dec. 26 in a bid to avoid arrest.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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