- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 15, 2000

Paraguay delays election results

ASUNCION, Paraguay The release of final results in Paraguay's vote for a successor to slain Vice President Luis Argana has been postponed for days because the balloting was so close, election officials said yesterday.

Officials suspended the release of official results late Sunday after 90 percent of the vote had been counted, saying they wanted to closely monitor the tallying of the remaining ballots.

Early returns showed no clear leader in the vote for a successor to Mr. Argana an election that could test the South American nation's weak democracy. "We will have a definitive result in the next 10 to 12 days," said Carlos Maria Ljubetic, a spokesman for the election board.

Diplomats seek access to arrested Westerners

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia Diplomats in Yugoslavia complained yesterday that they have had severely limited access to two Britons and two Canadians arrested and jailed by the Yugoslav army on suspicion of terrorism.

A diplomat typically would be able to meet a detainee privately, but British diplomat Robert Gordon said the visits are "not in private and it's always in the presence of an investigator."

Mr. Gordon and Canadian diplomat Craig Bale met with the four men yesterday for the fourth time since they were detained Aug. 1 near the Montenegro-Kosovo border.

Kyrgyz troops clash with Islamic militants

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyz troops have fanned out along Kyrgyzstan's mountainous south border to back up forces fighting Islamic rebels and to prevent militants from crossing the frontier, officials said.

The fighting, which began Friday in the Central Asian nation, has killed several on both sides, the presidential press service said Sunday. It did not give an exact death toll, but the Itar-Tass and Interfax news agencies said at least 10 government troops and 30 militants had been killed.

Kyrgyz officials say the rebels belong to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which is trying to carve out an Islamic state in the rugged region where the borders of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan curl around each other.

Chinese moved to make way for dam

BEIJING Hundreds of villagers, some in tears, left homes that will be flooded by the Three Gorges Dam to move to Shanghai, more than 1,000 miles away, state media reported yesterday.

News reports on the move by 639 persons Sunday from the outskirts of the city of Chongqing in central China highlighted the vast scale of relocations required for the dam.

More than 1.3 million people will make similar journeys by 2009, when the Yangtze River fills the 350-mile-long reservoir of the world's largest hydroelectric project.

Egyptian loses eye as punishment

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia Sobbing and expressing regret for his actions, an Egyptian man had his left eye surgically removed in the first eye-for-an-eye punishment in Saudi Arabia in more than 40 years, a newspaper reported yesterday.

Abdel Moati Abdel Rahman Mohammed, 37, an Egyptian, was convicted of disfiguring a compatriot by throwing acid on his face. He had his left eye removed last week in a hospital in the western city of Medina.

The punishment was carried out despite offers to pay $213,000 to the victim, Shihata Ajami Mahmoud, the daily Okaz said.

Indian train bomb kills seven

LUCKNOW, India At least seven persons were killed and scores injured when a bomb ripped through the last carriage of a night train in northern India yesterday, police and rail authorities said.

K.M. Tripathi, director of rail operations at Lucknow, capital of Uttar Pradesh state, said the bomb exploded as the train traveled through the village of Roza near the town of Faizabad.

The bomb exploded in a carriage used partly by passengers and partly for mail. Police said they suspected it had been hidden in the mail compartment.

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