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U.S. hits Zimbabwe on holding 2 refugees

The United States said yesterday that Zimbabwe appeared to be breaking the Geneva Conventions and international law by holding two Cuban doctors to whom the United States granted refugee status last week.
The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) said last Friday that the two defecting doctors were free to come to the United States and that it expected them to leave Zimbabwe for processing in Nairobi, Kenya, within hours.
But the doctors, Leonel Cordova Rodriguez, 31, and Noris Pena Martinez, 25, remain in detention in Zimbabwe and the United States has not received an explanation, State Department spokesman Philip Reeker told his daily briefing.
"It does appear that the ongoing detention, when last I was able to check, appears to be against international law."

Mandela's ex-wife visits occupied white farms

HARARE, Zimbabwe Controversial South African politician Winnie Madikizela-Mandela made discreet visits yesterday to three white-owned farms in Zimbabwe occupied by veterans of the southern African country's independence war from Britain.
At Hofmoor Farm, some 12 miles east of Harare, where the ex-wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela was accompanied by veterans' leader Chenjerai Hunzvi, some 120 families lined up chanting pro-government slogans.
At a farm she visited earlier on the outskirts of the capital, she held talks with the white owner, state television showed. No details of the meeting were released.

Annan calls for end of Congo intervention

NEW YORK U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan recommended yesterday that the Security Council demand the immediate withdrawal of Ugandan and Rwandan troops from Congo and impose sanctions if they refuse to go.
Western diplomats said they expect the council to approve a resolution this week demanding such a pullout. The comments came after days of fighting between Rwanda and Uganda in the northern Congolese town of Kisangani that left an estimated 150 civilians dead, more than 1,000 injured and extensive property damage.
Mr. Annan asked the council to act under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which allows for a variety of escalating measures from diplomatic and economic sanctions to military enforcement as a final option.

Papal shooting figure returns to Turkey

ISTANBUL Mehmet Ali Agca arrived in his native Turkey today facing jail for murder after being pardoned by Italy where he had served 19 years for trying to kill Pope John Paul II.
The state-run Anatolian news agency reported that a plane carrying the enigmatic Agca from Italy landed at Istanbul airport early today.
Reporters at the airport were not allowed near, but the agency reported that the aircraft had been surrounded by police armored cars and vans near a maintenance hangar. Italy yesterday granted clemency to Agca.

China asks World Bank to delay project

After criticism that a controversial World Bank-funded project in western China will force people from their homes, Beijing has asked the bank to delay a decision on the project.
Called "Poverty Reduction in Western China," the project will involve the displacement of 58,000 residents of overpopulated regions in Qinghai province near the eastern border of Tibet to the interior of the province.
The Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank, who already gave the green light to the project, will examine the report of a 10-month panel study that was completed in April. The report favors objections by human rights organizations that the displacement might dilute the region's Tibetan population.

Accounting approved on missing Chileans

SANTIAGO, Chile Chilean military and humanitarian groups have signed an agreement under which the army is to provide information on the 1,198 persons who disappeared during Augusto Pinochet's regime, a minister announced yesterday.
The participants of the "round table," created almost 10 months ago, came to an agreement after an 11-hour meeting that started Monday, said Interior Minister Jose Miguel Insulza.
After receiving a copy of the accord, Chilean President Ricardo Lagos said, "Today, with this accord, we are a better country."

Based on wire dispatches and staff reports.

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