- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 16, 2007


Mia Farrow lights torch for Darfur

KIGALI — U.S. actress and activist Mia Farrow took part in a torch-lighting ceremony in Rwanda yesterday to increase public pressure on Olympics host China to end the “genocide” in Darfur.

The Olympic-style relay organized by the “Dream for Darfur” campaign started on Aug. 9 in Chad to urge China to influence Khartoum to end the suffering in Darfur before the Games begin next August.

At least 200,000 people have died from the combined effect of war and famine in the arid western region of Sudan and more than 2 million have been displaced, according to U.N. estimates.


Guantanamo inmate must stay in Sudan

KHARTOUM — Washington has asked Khartoum for guarantees that detained Al Jazeera cameraman Sami al-Haj will not leave Sudan before it releases him from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, his brother Asim al-Haj said yesterday.

Mr. Haj, who grew up in Sudan but is based in Qatar for his work with the television channel, was arrested and turned over to U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2001. Accused of involvement in “terrorist” activity, he was later transferred to the U.S. prison in Cuba.

The U.S. Embassy in Khartoum declined to immediately comment on the report. Asim al-Haj said his brother could be released by the end of the month.


Women march for Parliament seats

NAIROBI — Hundreds of Kenyan women yesterday marched in the capital, Nairobi, seeking a guarantee of more seats in Parliament from general elections scheduled for the end of the year.

Around 700 women from Kenya’s eight provinces presented a petition with a million signatures to Parliament demanding at least 50 seats in the 222-member house through an amendment.

Women currently account for 18 of Parliament’s 222 seats, representing only 8.1 percent of the assembly.

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