- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 8, 2000

Americans, Kenyan attacked by villagers

NAIROBI, Kenya Two Americans, believed to be missionaries, and a Kenyan lay preacher were attacked by villagers who thought they intended to abduct children, police said yesterday.
The three were driving Monday near Kisumu, 150 miles northwest of Nairobi, when villagers blocked the road and attacked them with stones, clubs and other crude weapons, said Kisumu Police Chief Ali Tabwara.
The three suffered head and facial wounds but were not hospitalized.

Germany recaptures child molester

BERLIN With a shot to the stomach, police yesterday recaptured a convicted child rapist who was on his sixth flight from custody, ending a 13-day manhunt that raised questions about Germany's criminal justice system.
Frank Schmoekel, 38, is suspected of murdering a 60-year-old man found dead last week. Police discovered the body after Schmoekel called his psychiatrist to say he had attacked a man.
Schmoekel had originally been sentenced to 5* years in 1993 for sexually abusing children, but during his first escape in 1994 he raped a 12-year-old girl and left her for dead in a forest. His sentence was then increased to 14 years for attempted murder and child rape.

Serbian prisoners riot in Yugoslavia

NIS, Yugoslavia Protests at two prisons in Yugoslavia turned ugly yesterday, with shots fired, buildings set ablaze and a female inmate reporting an "orgy of rape" as Serbs went on a rampage to demand better jail conditions and amnesty for certain convictions.
The unrest, which began Sunday with a riot at another prison, presented the latest challenge to the new president, Vojislav Kostunica.

Queen mother dies in Denmark

COPENHAGEN Swedish-born Queen Mother Ingrid, beloved for her casual, forthright style and mother of Denmark's first female monarch in five centuries, died yesterday, the royal palace said. She was 90.
Queen Mother Ingrid died at 4:27 p.m. at the Fredensborg Castle north of the capital, the palace said. Her three daughters Queen Margrethe, Princess Benedikte and ex-Queen Anne-Marie of Greece and 10 grandchildren were by her bedside.
The palace did not announce funeral arrangements, but the queen mother will likely be interred with her husband in a crypt at the Roskilde Cathedral the resting place of 38 Danish kings and queens.

British scientists back fetal cell research

LONDON Despite recent advances toward using adult cells to fight disease, embryos provide the only realistic hope for cell-based treatments in the near future, Britain's premier scientific organization said yesterday.
Up to 10 percent of the population could benefit from such therapy, but without research on embryos, development could be delayed an extra 20 years, said Richard Gardner, a professor of zoology at Oxford University and lead author of the report.
The advice from the Royal Society, an institution of Britain's most distinguished scientists, comes weeks before Parliament is to debate whether to permit experiments on cells extracted from embryos and the creation of embryos by cloning.
If the change is approved, Britain would the the first country to specifically authorize cloning.

Cash to be given to British POWs

LONDON Thousands of British servicemen held prisoner by the Japanese during World War II will receive payments of $15,000 each, the government announced Tuesday, decades after the soldiers first began seeking compensation for their suffering.
The landmark payment plan announced by Defense Minister Lewis Moonie four days before Remembrance Day, honoring military veterans will cover up to 16,700 ex-prisoners, including camp survivors and their widows.

U.S. to ease curbs on rightist Austria

The United States will lift a brake on relations with Austria today, ending Vienna's nine-month punishment for including far-rightist Joerg Haider in government, a U.S. official said yesterday.

The move is expected to be announced in a statement after Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright meets Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner in Washington, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

"The statement will say our limited contacts policy of before is being eased," the State Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

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