- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 24, 2000

Hariri again becomes Beirut's prime minister

BEIRUT Big-spending construction tycoon Rafik Hariri was named as Lebanese prime minister for the second time yesterday, amid hopes that he can reverse Lebanon's economic decline.
President Emile Lahoud chose the 55-year-old Mr. Hariri, a billionaire who led the reconstruction of Lebanon after the 1975-90 civil war, after he was backed by 106 of parliament's 128 members.
Mr. Hariri's popularity was fired by hopes that he could reverse Lebanon's economic decline under Selim Hoss.

Rocket attack targets Pristina

PRISTINA, Yugoslavia Unidentified attackers fired a rocket-propelled grenade yesterday at the last Serbian community remaining in the Kosovo capital Pristina , the NATO-led peacekeeping force said.
British commandos at the scene said the rocket-propelled grenade appeared to have been fired across an area of waste ground by a block of apartments occupied by Serbs. No-one was believed to have been injured, they said.
A resident of the building said that each apartment on the targeted staircase was occupied by a Serbian family and that the apartment hit belonged to a family with five children.

Economist wins Monopoly crown

TORONTO With television cameras focusing on the red felt table and translators bridging the language gap, Hans-Gunther Meyer rolled a four and moved his hockey player token to Victoria Avenue.
Three menacing green houses meant doom the German journalist was unable to pay the $800 rent. That meant Japanese economist Yutaka Okada, 33, was the new world Monopoly champion.
The three-day tournament, which ended yesterday in Toronto, involved 39 contestants battling for the U.S. real money equivalent of the total amount of fake cash in a Monopoly bank $15,140.

Two sentenced to life for stabbing of settler

JERUSALEM Two Palestinians from Jerusalem's Old City were sentenced yesterday to life in jail for fatally stabbing a Jewish settler as he walked to morning prayers two years ago.
The Jerusalem District Court convicted Bassem Abu-Sneineh and Riyad Ghasila, both 27, of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and destroying evidence.
The two ran into Haim Kerman with a truck on May 6, 1998, as he walked in the Old City, the judges wrote in their sentencing decision. Mr. Kerman was then stabbed more than 30 times.

Suicide attack kills 24 in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka's navy beat back a suicide attack on a naval base yesterday, sinking three of four explosives-filled rebel boats as they headed into port to strike at ships there.
But the fourth rebel boat managed to damage two ships, and Tamil rebels shot down an MI-24 helicopter nearby, killing its crew of four. At least 24 combatants six on the government side and 18 rebels were killed overall, and 43 sailors were wounded, government spokesman Ariya Rubasinghe said.
The rebels, called the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, are fighting for a homeland for the ethnic Tamil minority within Sri Lanka.

Cleopatra's writing found in museum

BERLIN In a happy accident, a Belgian researcher has discovered what may be the only surviving sample of writing by Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt, museum officials said yesterday.
Dietrich Wildung, director of the Egyptian Museum in Berlin said the writing was on a papyrus role from 31 B.C.
Mr. Wildung said Cleopatra wrote on the papyrus in Greek: "So should it be." It appeared to be an order to bribe Roman army leader Candidus to fight alongside her husband, Roman Gen. Mark Antony.
Antony, however, lost the battle of Actium in December of that year, leading to his downfall and that of Cleopatra.

Poll body delays election results

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast The organizers of Ivory Coast's presidential poll delayed the release of results until today, raising fears among supporters of Socialist Laurent Gbagbo that the ruling junta may be trying to cheat him of victory.

A spokesman for the National Electoral Commission said it would resume announcing results after a 12-hour pause. He did not say whether the commission would give final or partial results.

Officials at the campaign headquarters of Mr. Gbagbo, who was leading when the flow of results dried up yesterday morning, said they were confident their leader had defeated army ruler Gen. Robert Guei.

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