- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 3, 2000

Sri Lanka seeks help to evacuate Jaffna

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka's president has asked India for help in evacuating some 40,000 troops trapped by Tamil Tiger rebels advancing on their former capital, a television station reported yesterday.
The TV report was broadcast after President Chandrika Kumaratunga met with opposition leaders to discuss how to prevent Jaffna from being retaken by the guerrillas.

Peacekeepers seized in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone Rebels seized 12 U.N. workers as the West African intervention force that defended the government during eight years of bloody civil war completed its pullout of Sierra Leone, U.N. officials said yesterday.
Seven of the 12 hostages were captured Monday in the central city of Makeni. They included three armed Kenyans and four unarmed military observers, including a Gambian, a Malaysian and a Norwegian, U.N. force commander Maj. Gen. Vijay Kumar Jetley said at a news briefing.

Landless peasants protest in Brazil

BRASILIA, Brazil Brazil faced a wave of protests by angry landless peasants yesterday, as members of the radical Landless Movement clashed with police and invaded public buildings and farms in 16 states across Latin America's largest country.
The protests came as the group and other landless movements stepped up their campaign for land distribution to poor, rural workers in this vast country, where most arable farm land is owned by a small minority of people.

Canada to review limits on paper ownership

OTTAWA Canada will launch a sweeping review of its newspaper-ownership rules in a move that could allow foreign players into a market where dozens of daily and community newspapers have just gone on the auction block.
The review, likely to include soul-searching public and parliamentary hearings, could begin to dismantle or at least relax longstanding policies designed to protect home-grown media.

European leader fears Chechen war spillover

TBILISI, Georgia The head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said yesterday she feared the war in Russia's rebel region of Chechnya could spill over into neighboring Georgia.
Benita Ferrero-Waldner, who is Austria's foreign minister, announced the OSCE would boost its small observer force on the Georgian-Chechen border because of the continued fighting between Russian troops and Chechen separatists.

Chimps in Uganda get birth control

KAMPALA, Uganda The Uganda Wildlife Society is giving birth-control implants to female chimpanzees in two sanctuaries to keep numbers down, a newspaper reported yesterday.
Implanon, the trade name of the implant manufactured by the Netherlands-based Organon pharmaceutical company, is inserted under the skin of the females' forearms when they reach reproductive age, the state-owned New Vision said.

Kidnappers free Haitian politician

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti A Haitian politician kidnapped from his home by armed men has been freed after 12 days in captivity, a party official said yesterday.
Claudy Myrthil, a candidate for town representative for the opposition Espace de Concertation party, was dropped off in a sugar-cane field Saturday in Gressier, near the capital, said party spokesman Evans Paul.

Drought threatens Afghanistan, Pakistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan A drought threatens millions of people in war-shattered Afghanistan and in neighboring Pakistan and urgent aid is needed, U.N. officials said yesterday.
At briefings in Kandahar and later in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, U.N. officials said between 2.5 million and 3 million were affected.

* Based on wire dispatches and staff reports.

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