- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 1, 2001

North Korean takes slow road to Moscow

OMSK, Russia — North Korean leader Kim Jong-il arrived yesterday in this western Siberian city for the first lengthy stopover on his 10-day train journey to Moscow.

Mr. Kim ducked into a Volvo with a North Korean flag without approaching journalists, who were kept at a distance of about 50 yards.

He later went to an Omsk theater to hear a folk ensemble and a military band, and was to spend the night at a dacha for visiting officials and foreign dignitaries.

Representatives of the local branch of the Russian-North Korean Friendship Society had hoped to meet Mr. Kim at the theater but were denied access to the reclusive leader, the Interfax news agency reported.

Protesters from Genoa shift to Frankfurt

FRANKFURT, Germany — Bruised and battered from bloody street riots at the Group of Eight summit in Genoa, Italy, anti-globalization protesters moved their "Summer of Resistance" to Germany.

About 1,000 people are camped out near Frankfurt's international airport for weeklong demonstrations against the forced deportations of illegal immigrants and a battery of other causes.

They claim the protests are peaceful and have posted detailed plans for demonstrations. But an ominous flier tacked up nearby invites demonstrators to learn the ins and outs of making Molotov cocktails.

Britain, Ireland plan new peace gambit

BELFAST — Britain and Ireland will publish a joint plan today for ending a deadlock that has stalled the Northern Irish peace process, a British government spokesman said yesterday.

The initiative, which comes amid deteriorating security conditions in the province, is aimed at ending disputes over demands for IRA guerrilla disarmament, policing reforms and British troop cuts, which have held up implementation of the landmark 1998 Good Friday peace accord.

Serb gets 10 years for Bosnia crimes

THE HAGUE — A Bosnian Serb ex-police chief who admitted murdering, torturing and sexually assaulting Muslims and Croats was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the International War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

Stevan Todorovic had pleaded guilty to crimes against humanity, saying he persecuted Muslims and Croats in 1992 and 1993 while chief of police in the Bosnian town of Bosanski Samac.

Kenyan school riots point to deeper ills

NAIROBI, Kenya — A wave of student unrest has shut more than 30 Kenyan schools this month in what commentators see as a sign of growing discontent in a country once heralded as one of Africa's brightest prospects.

Deepening poverty and rising political tension have fueled a spate of riots, student walkouts and gasoline-bomb attacks on schools, reviving memories of a horrific arson at a school near Nairobi that killed 67 boys in March.

Newspapers have blamed mass truancy on drugs, alcohol and devil worship, but some parents say family structures are under increasing strain in a society ravaged by massive unemployment, ethnic clashes, police brutality and corruption.

Sudan chief vows to keep Islamic rule

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudan's president has said his country will keep Islamic rule, casting doubt on peace plans to create an interim coalition to include non-Muslim parties.

Opposition figures said the comments would undermine a Libyan-Egyptian peace initiative to end the northeast African country's 18-year-old civil war.

"[The peace plan] does not mean that the revolution has abandoned its orientation program," yesterday's English-language Khartoum Monitor quoted President Omar Hassan Bashir as telling students.

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