- The Washington Times - Friday, October 7, 2005

UGANDA

U.N. court issues warrants for rebels

KAMPALA — The leader of Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) Joseph Kony and his deputy are among five rebel commanders sought by the U.N. permanent war crimes court, Ugandan Defense Minister Amama Mbabazi said yesterday.

Mr. Mbabazi said the International Criminal Court (ICC) has served the Ugandan government with the warrants after probing accusations that “Kony and his LRA have committed crimes against humanity.”

Kony is thought to be hiding in southern Sudan.

BRITAIN

Sexual ‘theme park’ pitched in London

LONDON — Move over, Eros. Developers announced plans yesterday to open a multimillion-dollar sexual “theme park” near London’s Piccadilly Circus, home to the much-photographed statue of the Greek god of love.

Backers say the London Academy of Sex and Relationships, due to open next spring, will not be a sleazy sex museum, but an educational multimedia attraction that will teach visitors to become better lovers and provide valuable information about disease and sexual problems.

Located within the Trocadero entertainment center — just around the corner from Soho, London’s red-light district — the $8.3 million project will feature unspecified “high-tech and interactive exhibits.”

VATICAN CITY

No sweeping ban on gay priests

VATICAN CITY — An upcoming church document does not decree a sweeping ban on homosexuals in seminaries, allowing those who have lived chastely for at least three years to become priests, a senior Vatican official said yesterday.

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Vatican document has not yet been released, confirmed a report in the leading Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that men who publicly show their homosexuality and those who reveal an attraction to the gay lifestyle should be refused admission to the clergy.

The Italian weekly Panorama said yesterday that Pope Benedict XVI approved the document during the summer.

ITALY

Tomb raiders nabbed, linked to ‘Mozart’

ROME — Italian police said yesterday they had smashed an international antiquities smuggling ring led by an 82-year-old Austrian tour guide nicknamed Mozart.

In a cross-border operation, police said they had arrested five Italian tomb raiders and traced some 3,000 archaeological treasures to the Austrian’s home, mostly originating from sites near Rome.

More than 600 other artifacts were found in Italy in the possession of tomb raiders the Austrian employed, they said.

“It is a great find and a signal to the whole world that Italy will no longer tolerate looting and theft of our art,” Rome’s archaeology superintendent, Angelo Bottini, said.

Police said the Austrian, who was called Mozart by his Italian associates, had not been arrested because of his age.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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