Ethiopia, Eritrea sign formal peace accord
ALGIERS Ethiopia and Eritrea formally ended their two-year border war yesterday with the signing of an internationally brokered peace agreement.
The accord, signed in the Algerian capital by Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and Eritrean President Isayis Afewerki, was the fruit of months of diplomatic pressure and mediation by the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the United Nations and the United States.
The war between the two Horn of Africa nations, often plagued by famine and drought and among the world’s poorest countries, erupted in May 1998 when they confronted each other on a remote border area.
Tens of thousands of soldiers died in brutal, sporadic fighting and tens of thousands were taken prisoner or displaced from their homes before a cease-fire took hold in June.
Trinidad’s ruling party wins in a squeaker
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad Prime Minister Basdeo Panday’s ruling United National Congress (UNC) scored a narrow victory in Trinidad and Tobago’s general election but the opposition appeared set yesterday to launch a legal challenge to the results.
The UNC won 19 parliamentary seats and its main rival, former Prime Minister Patrick Manning’s People’s National Movement (PNM), 16 seats in elections Monday in the oil- and gas-rich republic of 1.3 million people in the southern Caribbean.
Estrada is challenged with his own words
MANILA Prosecutors used President Joseph Estrada’s own words against him yesterday to try to prove he failed to report a bribery attempt by a provincial governor.
The governor has accused him of accepting millions of dollars from illegal gambling lords.
On the fourth day of the Senate impeachment trial, prosecutors presented excerpts from a news conference in which Mr. Estrada acknowledged having been offered a bribe of $4 million by Gov. Luis Singson.
Kufuor, Mills to meet in Ghana runoff vote
ACCRA, Ghana Opposition candidate John Kufuor and John Atta Mills of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) will meet on Dec. 28 in a runoff in Ghana’s presidential election, the Electoral Commission said yesterday.
In a statement published in the official gazette, Commission Chairman Kwadwo Afari-Gyan also gave the final results of the Dec. 7 election, in which no candidate won an outright majority.
Mr. Kufuor of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) polled 48.35 percent of the vote against 44.85 percent for Mr. Mills.
The runoff election will herald the end of 19 years in power in the West African country for President Jerry Rawlings.
Burma is lauded on Suu Kyi release
VIENTIANE, Laos Burma won praise from Southeast Asian and European officials yesterday for indicating it will soon release pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, but faced fresh criticism from a human rights group that it commonly tortures its opponents.
Two days of talks in Laos between the European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ending yesterday were dominated by discussion of Burma’s military government, which faces widespread condemnation for human rights abuses and failure to turn over power to a democratically elected government.
Egypt puts off tests on pharaoh’s lineage
CAIRO Egypt has indefinitely postponed DNA tests designed to throw light on questions that have intrigued archaeologists for years: Who was Tutankhamun’s father and was he of royal blood?
The head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, Gaballah Ali Gaballah, said yesterday that plans for DNA tests on the mummies of Tutankhamun and his presumed grandfather, Amenhotep III, had been canceled.
“There will be no test now and we have to see if there will be one later,” Mr. Gaballah told the Associated Press. He declined to give a reason.