- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 24, 2001

Foot-and-mouth disease suspected in human
LONDON — A slaughterer in a British county hit hard by foot-and-mouth disease underwent tests yesterday to determine whether he has contracted an extremely rare human form of the livestock disease.
The Department of Health did not identify the man being tested. County health officials in Cumbria, in northwest England, said he was involved in the slaughter and disposal of animals that are being killed in an attempt to contain the highly contagious livestock disease.
Only one previous human case has been reported in Britain a man who was infected during the last foot-and-mouth epidemic in 1966.

China arrests bishop during Holy Week
BEIJING — Authorities have detained a 79-year-old bishop, seven priests and 13 followers of Chinas underground Catholic Church, a U.S.-based lobbying group said yesterday.
The arrests, which occurred throughout the country, were made around Easter, the Cardinal Kung Foundation said. The Stamford, Conn.-based foundation supports Chinas underground church and monitors government efforts to suppress it. The bishop had been hiding from police since 1996.

Thousands starve as Afghans fight
NEW YORK — More than half a million people have been uprooted in Afghanistan, searching for food, shelter and protection as a result of drought and a never-ending civil war, the United Nations said yesterday.
Foreign assistance is falling far short of need, and refugees are being turned away at the borders not only of Tajikistan but of Pakistan, already home to 1.2 million Afghani exiles, a report by Secretary-General Kofi Annan said.
Peace talks are nearly nonexistent in the war between the countrys Taliban rulers and the United Front under Gen. Ahmed Masood, Mr. Annan said. The United Front occupies a swath of land in the north and pockets of resistance elsewhere.

Mass grave found in eastern Algeria
ALGIERS — A mass grave containing the remains of 290 persons killed during Algerias 1954-1962 war for independence from France has been discovered in eastern Algeria, government officials said.
The skeletons were discovered last month by Algerian workers carrying out excavation work at the site of the former headquarters of the French army, about 350 miles east of the capital, Algiers, a government spokesman said.

Police search Venezuela for Perus Montesinos
CARACAS, Venezuela — Police began a search operation in central Venezuela for fugitive Peruvian spy master Vladimiro Montesinos, a top Venezuelan general said yesterday.
Venezuela has said it has no proof that Mr. Montesinos ever entered the country, and Gen. Francisco Belisario Landis, chief of public security, did not explain why such a search was undertaken.
Mr. Montesinos was the power broker behind former President Alberto Fujimori, who fled to Japan in November after corruption scandals erupted surrounding his intelligence chief. He reportedly was last seen in December undergoing plastic surgery in Caracas.

Plane takes off for Antarctic rescue
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A New Zealand air force plane took off today to rescue four ailing Americans on an Antarctic research station, defying high winds that grounded a separate airlift for a sick American doctor at the South Pole.
A C-130 Hercules left Christchurch, New Zealand, this morning to retrieve the four Americans in need of medical attention, according to Peter West of the U.S. National Science Foundation in Washington.
The departure for McMurdo Station came hours after blowing snow, high winds and low visibility forced another air crew to announce it would delay attempts for at least 24 hours to reach Dr. Ronald S. Shemenski at the Amundsen Scott-South Pole station in Antarctica.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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