- The Washington Times - Monday, June 12, 2000

Militants kill man in Solomon Islands

HONIARA, Solomon Islands A new group of militants gunned down a man yesterday in the Solomon Islands, officials said, a killing that diplomats feared could end a fragile cease-fire and spark another cycle of revenge attacks in the South Pacific nation.
The shooting came as a new wave of foreign tourists and workers, many pushing carts piled high with luggage, lined up at the airport in the capital, Honiara, for what could be some of the last evacuation planes out of the nation. At a nearby port, hundreds of local residents squeezed aboard crowded ferries, fleeing the city to other provinces.
Rebels seized the prime minister and took control of the capital last week, and the fatal shooting in Gizo, the capital of Western Province, appeared to be politically motivated.

Cuban children plan to march for Elian

HAVANA Some 150,000 children and teen-agers will protest Elian Gonzalez's extended stay in the United States, the Cuban government said yesterday, after the procession was canceled last week by rain.
The cartoon character Elpidio Valdes a mustachioed freedom fighter fashioned after the soldiers of Cuba's battle for independence appeared in spots on state television encouraging children to participate.
If rain again disrupts today's march, it will be postponed until tomorrow or Wednesday, President Fidel Castro said.

Diplomat dies in Yemen shootout

OSLO A gunfight between Yemeni police and four armed kidnappers left a Norwegian diplomat dead, just hours after he and his young son were taken hostage in the Middle Eastern country, Norway's Foreign Ministry said yesterday.
Gudbrand Stuve, 44, was shot in the gunfight that erupted Saturday after his four captors were stopped at a police checkpoint, a ministry spokesman said.
"It turned into a shootout between the kidnappers and the police, and Stuve was hit," spokesman Bjoern Berge said. "He died a short while later." Mr. Stuve's 9-year-old son was not injured.

Suicide bombing prompts curfew

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka The government set a curfew yesterday in neighborhoods near the site of a suicide-bomb assassination to prevent revenge attacks on minority Tamils suspected in the attack.
Troops killed 11 Tamil Tigers in the northern Jaffna Peninsula, where the rebels have been fighting to establish a homeland for minority Tamils, the government said.

Bones tell of beheading at ancient Stonehenge

LONDON Stonehenge was the setting for a ritual public execution nearly 2,000 years ago, according to English Heritage, which oversees the preservation of the great monument in southwestern England.
According to a new study, one of four complete skeletons found among the stones belonged to a man beheaded with an iron sword at some time in the first millennium.
The bones were first excavated in 1923 but were believed lost until last year.
The name Stonehenge derives from the Old English Stanhenges, meaning "stone gallows." But the description is usually thought to refer to the appearance of the trilithons, where one lintel is placed on two uprights, which resembles a medieval gallows. This is the first evidence that the site was used for executions.

Prince William photos make Charles unhappy

LONDON Prince Charles' office said yesterday it would lodge an official complaint with Britain's press watchdog over a set of photos of Prince William published in the News of the World tabloid.
The pictures published yesterday, 10 days before William's 18th birthday show him playing soccer and polo at Eton.
Charles' office said in a statement that it would report the News of the World to the Press Complaints Commission.

• Based on wire dispatches and staff reports.

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