- The Washington Times - Friday, August 10, 2001

Rebels strike back in Colombia
BOGOTA, Colombia — An explosion killed three children and injured 35 persons in a northern Colombian town yesterday in what officials called a guerrilla attack in retaliation for the government's decision to suspend peace talks.
Police blamed the leftist National Liberation Army for the pre-dawn explosion in the town of San Francisco, 110 miles northwest of Bogota.
President Andres Pastrana suspended contacts with the group Tuesday, calling the guerrillas inflexible in their demand for the government to cede a large swath of land in northern Colombia as a condition for the peace talks.

Post-summit bombing unnerves Italy
VENICE, Italy — A bomb blast rocked a courthouse near the scenic Rialto bridge in the heart of this lagoon city yesterday, further heightening tensions throughout Italy after the violence-marred Group of Eight summit in Genoa.
The explosion, which injured a police officer on routine patrol and damaged the courthouse wall and nearby stores, occurred 12 hours before a scheduled visit to Venice by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Dissident Cubans blast Castronomics
HAVANA — A group of dissident economists attacked the government of President Fidel Castro yesterday for wasting funds on political propaganda while the country continued to suffer from a decade-long economic crisis.
The Cuban Institute of Independent Economists is led by one of the Caribbean island's better-known dissidents, Martha Beatriz Roque, who was released last year after serving close to three years behind bars.

Kissinger deposed in Argentinean trial
BUENOS AIRES — An Argentine judge investigating a 1970s plot by South American military governments to kidnap and kill dissidents will formally ask former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to testify.
"Between today and tomorrow the petition will be signed," Oscar Aguirre, a senior judicial official involved in the investigation of the so-called "Operation Condor," said yesterday.
The judge's request will be processed in Argentina's justice and foreign affairs ministries, which will then formally ask the Justice Department for Mr. Kissinger's testimony.

France adds heat to cloning fight
PARIS — France's health minister stepped up pressure for a worldwide ban on human cloning yesterday with a blistering attack on Italian doctor Severino Antinori, who wants to produce the world's first "photocopy" babies.
Bernard Kouchner, raising the stakes after an urgent Franco-German appeal to the United Nations for a global ban on cloning humans, slammed the doctor's plan to begin cloning this year and said he should be struck off the medical register in Italy.

Sierra Leone frees prisoners for peace
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Sierra Leone's government released 41 rebels yesterday hours before a new round of talks today to cement a peace process aimed at ending a decade-long civil war, prison sources said.
The detention of scores of rebels since the Revolutionary United Front flouted a peace deal and briefly took hundreds of U.N. peacekeepers hostage in May 2000 has been a stumbling block to efforts to end the brutal war.
Political sources said the release would ease today's meeting with rebels and U.N. officials in the diamond-rich east, whose gems are financing the conflict.

U.S. official sets Yemeni visit
SANA'A, Yemen — The head of U.S. forces based in the Gulf, Gen. Tommy Franks, is due in Yemen in the first visit by a senior U.S. official since the October attack against the USS Cole, an official judicial source said.
A Yemeni police official said that local investigators and six agents of the FBI who arrived last week in Sana'a began talks Tuesday to complete the inquiry into the attack on the USS Cole and to bring suspects to court.

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