- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 17, 2007

UNITED STATES

Rice cancels trip to Ghana

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has canceled a trip to Ghana this week so that she can stay in Washington for discussions on the Middle East, the State Department said yesterday.

Miss Rice had been scheduled to attend an African trade forum in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, tomorrow and Thursday, said her spokesman, Sean McCormack.

He said Miss Rice still planned to travel Thursday to Lisbon for a meeting of the Quartet of Middle East peace brokers, including new special envoy and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

LIBYA

Deal seen close to free doctor, nurses

SOFIA, Bulgaria — A deal has been reached to free six foreign medical workers sentenced to death in Libya on charges of infecting children with HIV, but a few final details must still be worked out, sources familiar with the talks said yesterday.

Under the deal, the families of at least 426 infected children will receive more than $400 million in compensation, a source familiar with the talks told Reuters.

The medical workers — four Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor — were sentenced to death in December after being convicted of intentionally starting an HIV epidemic at a children’s hospital in the city of Benghazi.

In jail since 1999, the six say they are innocent and were tortured to confess.

ETHIOPIA

Opposition activists get long sentences

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — A court sentenced 35 opposition politicians and activists to life in prison yesterday and revoked their right to vote or run for public office for inciting violence in an attempt to overthrow the government.

The prosecution had called for death sentences for the defendants, who included Ethiopia’s top opposition leaders and five persons charged, tried and convicted in absentia.

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