- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 19, 2000

White shark attack captured on film

EAST LONDON, South Africa A backpacker filming surfers on South Africa's east coast captured another sort of adventure story this week rare footage of a Great White shark attack.
A video recording of the incident, considered by shark experts to be unique, shows a second shark also lining up to attack 15-year-old Shannon Ainslie, a surfer from East London.
The youth was surfing with his brother and friends Monday when he came face to face with one of the world's most ferocious killers.
"I was just catching a wave when the shark came up and made a grab for me. Next thing I knew, I was under water and came face to face with the shark," he said.
He escaped with a severely injured right hand, almost losing a middle finger that hung by just a thread.

Venezuelans soothed on new Land Law

CARACAS, Venezuela Private Venezuelan landowners need not fear a new Land Law, due to be approved before the end of the month, despite speculation that it will lead to mass land expropriations, the country's top legislator said yesterday.
"This law has been interpreted in ways that do not correspond with reality," National Legislative Commission President Luis Miquilena said. "There's no intention of riding roughshod over property rights here."
Left-leaning President Hugo Chavez has frequently warned wealthy landowners that under a new constitution approved in a referendum last December, the government can expropriate idle lands for "public use" in return for a "just compensation."

Strong growth reported in Chinese economy

BEIJING China reported strong growth in key areas of its economy during the first half of 2000, a surge the government said yesterday was largely a result of its economic stimulus policies and a global economic recovery.
The nation's gross domestic product grew a robust 8.2 percent during the first six months of the year, compared with the same period last year, said Ye Zhen, spokesman for the State Statistics Bureau. GDP is the sum of all goods and services produced within a nation's borders.
China's exports soared 38 percent to $114.5 billion, while imports rose 36 percent to $102 billion, Mr. Ye said.

Fiji moves toward new crisis

SUVA, Fiji Fiji lurched toward another government crisis yesterday as the swearing in of a new Cabinet was postponed indefinitely, a move coup leader George Speight claimed he orchestrated.

Mr. Speight was dissatisfied with the Cabinet, which he said did not include enough of his supporters, and he objected to not having been adequately consulted in the formulation process, despite a promise from President Ratu Josefa Iloilo that he would be included in negotiations.

"I have been in touch with the president through a high-ranking chief of mine to express my disappointment," Mr. Speight told Australian television's Channel Nine shortly before the postponement of the swearing-in ceremony.

He said Mr. Iloilo had agreed to allow him to review the list of prospective ministers and that the ceremony would not proceed.

Announcing the postponement, Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase said Mr. Iloilo was not well.

Rwandan census seeks firm genocide data

KIGALI, Rwanda Authorities in Rwanda have started a nationwide census aimed at establishing a realistic figure for the number of people slaughtered during the central African country's 1994 genocide.
Protais Musoni, secretary-general in the Ministry of Local Government, said a team of 1,600 investigators had been appointed to carry out the 10-day mission that began Monday.
Hundreds of thousands of civilians, mostly Tutsis, were slaughtered by Hutu extremists during three months in 1994 after a jet carrying late President Juvenal Habyarimana exploded on approach to Kigali airport.

World bank resuming Kenya loan program

NAIROBI, Kenya The World Bank will resume aid to Kenya after a three-year suspension with a $150 million loan to reduce poverty and help achieve reforms, a bank official said yesterday.
Kenya, which is suffering its worst economic crisis since independence from Britain in 1963, with severe drought and nationwide power and water shortages, depends on multilateral lending institutions and grants from donors for development programs.
The crisis is so severe that Kenya will have to import almost half of its corn over the next 18 months because of a worsening drought in the Horn of Africa, a U.N. food agency recently announced.
Based on wire dispatches and staff reports.

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