- The Washington Times - Friday, December 1, 2000

Rebel leader slain in Guinea Bissau

BISSAU, Guinea Bissau Government troops yesterday shot and killed rebel leader Gen. Ansumane Mane, who has been on the run since last week when a military revolt he staged in the capital was put down.

Government and military sources said Gen. Mane had been killed in Quinhamel, north of the capital, Bissau, in a gunfight that also left three of his fighters dead and seven captured.

State-run Portuguese channel RTP showed images of Gen. Mane's lifeless body, with several bullet wounds visible, including to the neck.

Gen. Mane, who has long effectively been in charge of most of the army and ran a junta from May 1999 until February this year, last week defied President Kumba Yala over military promotions and declared them null and void. He also named himself commander of the armed forces.

Nigerian fire crews battle pipeline blaze

LAGOS, Nigeria Nigerian fire crews fought late into the night to douse a gasoline pipeline blaze at Ebute-Oko, a fishing village near Lagos, which had killed more than 60 persons close to the country's biggest depot for imported oil products.

State-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corp., which owns the depot, faced further criticism over a string of tragedies at its facilities.

The oil-producing country of some 115 million people is gripped by a crippling gasoline shortage.

U.N. seeks food aid for North Korea

The U.N. World Food Program is seeking more than 800,000 tons of food to feed 8 million North Koreans and compensate for crop shortfalls caused by droughts and typhoons, the organization said yesterday.

A crop and food assessment by the WFP and the Food and Agriculture Organization found that North Korea's rice production was down 31 percent this year and that corn output fell 235,000 tons from 1999.

"The country will need to import 1.87 million tons of cereal between November 2000 and October 2001 to cover the gap between what it has and what it needs to feed its 22 million people," according to a WFP update of the situation in North Korea.

Congo crisis rated one of world's worst

NEW YORK The humanitarian crisis in Congo is one of the worst in the world, with 16 million people facing human rights violations, dire financial hardship and frequent food shortages, a U.N. official said.

In more than two years of civil war, the number of people suffering there has soared to around a third of the population, Carolyn McAskie, the acting U.N. humanitarian relief coordinator, told the U.N. Security Council this week.

Hospitals, schools and churches in the city of Kisangani were destroyed in June, resulting in high civilian casualties, Miss McAskie said. There are recurrent epidemics, a scarcity of medicines and the health care system has collapsed.

U.S. looks beyond Taleban for bin Laden

The Clinton administration will keep talking to Afghanistan's ruling Taleban militia but is now looking to the United Nations for help in getting its hands on suspected terrorist kingpin Osama bin Laden.

Working with Russia, which is highly unpopular in Afghanistan after a 10-year occupation that ended in 1989, the United States is seeking approval of sanctions to deny weapons and commercial air traffic to the South Asian country.

Meanwhile, Undersecretary of State Thomas Pickering; William Milam, the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan; and other U.S. officials have held a series of meetings with Taleban representatives.

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