India, Russia embrace strategic partnership
Taiwan’s prime minister quits after four months
TAIPEI, Taiwan Prime Minister Tang Fei resigned yesterday after four months in office, creating the biggest crisis for the shaky new minority government.
Vice Prime Minister Chang Chun-hsiung, a veteran politician of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, was named to succeed him.
Mr. Tang, 68, who underwent surgery in April to remove a tumor, said poor health forced him to step down, but many believed that his disagreement with President Chen Shui-bian over a nuclear-power plant was a major reason for his departure.
Mr. Tang favors finishing the $5.4 billion nuclear plant Taiwan’s fourth which is one-third complete, while Mr. Chen wants it scrapped.
The president, who took office in May, surprised many when he picked the popular defense minister a member of the defeated Nationalist Party to be his prime minister.
Vatican calls pedophilia crime against humanity
VATICAN CITY Colombian Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo yesterday reiterated a Vatican call for pedophilia to be declared a crime against humanity.
The president of the Papal Council for the Family said pedophilia could be blamed on “the fact that society has lost its ethical principles.”
Cardinal Trujillo was repeating an appeal made by the Holy See during a 1992 congress in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok.
Algerian rebels kill 21 villagers in raids
ALGIERS Algerian Muslim rebels killed 21 villagers in two separate raids outside Algiers, hospital sources and a newspaper reported yesterday.
Fourteen civilians, including six children and five women, were shot or hacked to death late Monday night when rebels attacked Ain Soltane, a hamlet 75 miles southwest of Algiers in Ain Defla province, hospital officials said.
Algeria has been racked by violence since early 1992 when the authorities canceled a general election in which Muslim militants had taken a commanding lead. More than 100,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since then.
Ivory Coast opposition fears kidnapping plot
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast The Ivory Coast’s main opposition party charged yesterday that men in military uniforms tried to kidnap the wife of their leader, Alassane Ouattara, less than three weeks in advance of elections in which he intends to challenge junta boss Gen. Robert Guei for the presidency.
Dominique Ouattara was in her car, and her chauffeur managed to evade the kidnappers, but the uniformed men stopped and led away eight of her bodyguards who were in other vehicles, her husband’s spokesman, Aly Coulibaly, told Agence France-Presse.
Albanian opposition charges vote fraud
TIRANA, Albania The opposition Democratic Party said yesterday local balloting had been “grossly manipulated,” but stopped short of saying it would not honor the result.
The ruling Socialists claimed victory in the weekend vote, which international observers said marked significant progress toward meeting international standards for democratic elections.
But in his first public appearance since Sunday, Democratic Party leader and former President Sali Berisha said the Socialists would have to pay the price for the “manipulation they orchestrated.”