- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 6, 2000

Pinochet stripped of immunity

SANTIAGO, Chile A court yesterday announced its decision to strip Gen. Augusto Pinochet of his immunity from prosecution, leaving Chile's former dictator facing a long legal battle over the human rights abuses committed under his rule.
Opponents of the former dictator cheered and wept for joy, while Gen. Pinochet's defense team said it would appeal the ruling, the outlines of which were leaked to the media two weeks ago.
The Santiago Court of Appeals voted 13-9 on May 23 to remove the congressional immunity Gen. Pinochet enjoys as a senator for life. He faces 110 lawsuits filed on behalf of those killed or missing during his 17-year rule.

Lebanon sentences pro-Israeli militia

BEIRUT A Lebanese military court yesterday sentenced 81 former members of Israel's South Lebanon Army militia to jail terms mostly ranging between one year and 30 months plus fines.
Sentences for 77 others on trial were postponed because they lacked lawyers. Judge Maher Safieddine handed down two sentences in absentia.
The SLA disintegrated as Israel ended its 22-year occupation of the south last month. The 158 were the biggest group of SLA members put on trial since the Lebanese government started prosecuting its fighters in 1993.

Royals disagree over modified food

LONDON Princess Anne has evoked the anger of environmentalists and publicly disagreed with her brother, Prince Charles by speaking out in favor of genetically modified foods.
"Man has been tinkering with food production and plant development for such a long time that it's a bit cheeky to suddenly get nervous about it when, fundamentally, you are doing much the same thing," said Princess Anne, who is president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.
Princess Anne's elder brother, Prince Charles, is an outspoken proponent of organic food and condemned genetically modified crops in a national radio lecture last month.

Israel balks at plans for Red Cross emblem

GENEVA Israel has balked at plans to create a neutral third emblem for the Red Cross movement, meant to clear the way for the Israeli society to join after more than 50 years, officials said yesterday.
All members of the International Committee of the Red Cross use a red cross or, in Muslim countries, a red crescent as their emblem.
Israel's counterpart organization, Magen David Adom, uses a red Star of David on a white flag which the Red Cross has refused to sanction as a symbol for relief workers.

Fighting resumes on Africa's Horn

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia Ethiopia said yesterday fighting had resumed on all fronts in the border war with Eritrea despite declaring last week that the 2-year-old conflict was over.
Fresh clashes broke out for the first time in more than a week in western Eritrea, the government statement said, accusing Eritrean troops of provoking fighting at Teseney and Guluj.
This would be the first fighting on the western front since Ethiopia said last Tuesday it was withdrawing from western Eritrea. It is also the most widespread since Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi declared the war was over the following day.

Ghana plane crash leaves six dead

ACCRA, Ghana A Ghanaian military plane operating as a passenger airliner crashed yesterday as it was landing in the capital of this West African country, killing at least six persons, airport officials said.
More than 30 of the 52 passengers on board Air Link 200 were taken to a nearby military hospital for treatment, said Andy Mensah, director-general of the Ghanaian civil-aviation authority.
The six killed included three foreigners, Mr. Mensah said. He did not provide their nationalities.

Based on wire dispatches and staff reports.

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