- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 7, 2007


Madikizela-Mandela denied Canada visa

OTTAWA — Canada has denied a visa to South African anti-apartheid leader Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who was to be the keynote speaker at a fundraising gala in Toronto on Tuesday, because of her criminal record.

Mrs. Madikizela-Mandela, the ex-wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela, had packed her bags and was about to set out for the airport when the Canadian Embassy notified her that she would not be allowed to enter the country, organizers of the Toronto event said.

An official in Ottawa said people with past criminal convictions usually are not allowed into the country. Mrs. Madikizela-Mandela was convicted in 1991 in the murder of a 14-year-old township activist. Her six-year jail term was reduced to a fine.


Zoellick starts Africa tour

ACCRA — Robert B. Zoellick, the nominee to take over from Paul Wolfowitz as head of the World Bank, met yesterday with West African finance ministers in the Ghanaian capital on the first leg of a whirlwind international tour.

“As a nominee to be World Bank president, I would like to consult broadly with potential colleagues, experts, bank partners and stakeholders on the issues of development, sustainable growth and overcoming poverty,” Mr. Zoellick said before leaving Washington Monday.


Food shortages threaten population

HARARE — More than a third of Zimbabweans will need food aid by early next year after a poor harvest this year, leading international aid organizations said Tuesday.

A joint U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and World Food Program report said crop failures in southern provinces and rising poverty would result in serious food shortages for about 2.1 million people by the third quarter of this year.

The number would grow to 4.1 million in the first three months of next year, affecting a third of Zimbabwe’s estimated 12 million people.


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