- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 26, 2000

Pinochet trial delayed till after examination

SANTIAGO, Chile Former dictator Augusto Pinochet will undergo mental health tests and his trial for crimes against humanity set for Oct. 9 will be delayed, a court announced yesterday.
Judge Juwan Guzman Tapia wants to determine whether Gen. Pinochet is mentally competent to stand trial, sources close to the judge said. The tests are to take place within 30 days.
The family of the former dictator who took power in a military coup in 1973 and ruled until 1990, has consistently opposed mental health tests.

Bullets hit school bus, but children not hurt

BELFAST Schoolchildren escaped unhurt yesterday when two bullets hit their bus in Northern Ireland, police said.
A spokeswoman said the bus was traveling from a high school in the village of Camlough to Forkhill in south Armagh, close to the border with the Irish Republic, yesterday afternoon.
"It is understood that there were approximately 40 children on the bus when two shots were fired, breaking two windows in the bus," she said, and there were no reports of injuries.

Saddam denounces Kuwait, Saudi Arabia

BAGHDAD Iraqi President Saddam Hussein denounced Saudi Arabia and Kuwait yesterday, saying their actions would make any other country attack them but one of his ministers denied Baghdad was threatening military action.
The official Iraqi news agency INA quoted Saddam as accusing Saudi and Kuwaiti leaders of killing Iraqis and prolonging U.N. sanctions against Baghdad, imposed for Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
"Those who apply the embargo and encourage its continuation and kill Iraqis are the rulers of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait," the INA quoted Saddam as telling ministers at a Cabinet meeting.

Museums return art to Jewish heirs

BERLIN Two German museums returned more than 80 works of art yesterday to Jewish collectors' heirs decades after they first sought compensation for a collection seized by the Nazis.

At a Berlin ceremony, officials from the western city of Hanover handed over an oil painting by Lovis Corinth valued at up to $470,000, while the eastern city of Leipzig returned more than 80 works, mostly drawings and prints by Max Klinger.

The return comes a year after a request to the museums on behalf of the heirs of Leipzig-based publisher Gustav Kirstein by the Commission for Art Recovery, a body set up by the World Jewish Congress to help heirs reclaim art treasures stolen during World War II from their families.

'Fergie' ex-aide charged with boyfriend's murder

LONDON A former aide to the Duchess of York appeared in court yesterday charged with murdering her boyfriend and was remanded in custody for a week.

Jane Andrews, 33, appeared at West London magistrates court accused of fatally stabbing Thomas Cressman. The 40-year-old businessman's body was found on Sept. 18 at their home in west London.

Miss Andrews, who is now a sales consultant, worked for the duchess known popularly as Fergie as a dresser for nine years until 1997. She was arrested last week in Cornwall in southwest England.

Caste defiance leads to expulsion in India

NEW DELHI Thirty-eight lower-caste Hindu children were expelled from a school in northern India for demanding the right to drink water from the same source as their higher-caste classmates, a report said yesterday.
The Pioneer newspaper, in a delayed report, said the incident occurred last month in the desert state of Rajasthan where caste-based discrimination is still very common.
A nongovernmental organization said the "untouchable" students were punished by the authorities of a government-run school in the Rajasthan district of Barmer for demanding the right to drink water from an earthen pot kept in the school.

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