- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 12, 2001

Taliban arrests fathers of proselytized kids
KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan's ruling Taliban movement yesterday released from detention 65 children accused of receiving Christian teaching and imprisoned their fathers instead, official media reported.
The hard-line Islamist Taliban's Bakhtar Information Agency said the children had been taught by staff from the German-based Christian relief agency Shelter Now International, which has had 24 of its workers — including eight foreigners — detained since last weekend for promoting Christianity.

Plagiarism charges hit new Bolivian leader
LA PAZ, Bolivia — Just five days into his presidency, Bolivia's Jorge Quiroga faced accusations of plagiarism yesterday, as a press report revealed he may have borrowed too heavily in his speech from his role model, John F. Kennedy.
Mr. Quiroga was sworn in before Congress on Tuesday, one day after cancer-stricken President Hugo Banzer resigned.

Haiti frees civilians involved in attack
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Haiti's government says it has released 23 civilians arrested in connection with deadly attacks on police that President Jean-Bertrand Aristide had blamed on the disbanded army.
Five police officers were killed July 28 by armed men in camouflage, who called for loyalty to the army as they attacked a police academy and three police stations.

U.S. gives support to Indonesia's Megawati
JAKARTA, Indonesia — U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick said yesterday he had delivered a message of strong support to Indonesia's new President Megawati Sukarnoputri and discussed with her a possible restoration of military contacts.
Mr. Zoellick, the first high-level foreign visitor since Mrs. Megawati took office on July 23, said she had accepted an invitation from President Bush to visit Washington on Sept. 19.

S. Korea invites Iran president for summit
TEHRAN — Iranian President Mohammed Khatami has officially been invited to make a state visit to South Korea and said yesterday that he hoped to go there at an "opportune moment," according to a radio report.
During talks with the South Korean Foreign Minister Han Seung-Soo — on an official visit to Iran — Mr. Khatami was told of the invitation from South Korean President Kim Dae-jung.

Pakistan bomb blast kills seven
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Seven persons were killed and seven others wounded, one of them seriously, by a bomb explosion yesterday in Gujrat in Pakistan's Punjab province, ambulance workers and police said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, the latest in a series of explosions across Pakistan that have killed scores of people this year.

Egypt targets Israel with film festival ban
CAIRO — Organizers of an Egyptian film festival said yesterday they have refused to screen a U.S.-Israeli production due to the Jewish state's "violence" against the Palestinians.
Chairman Mohammed Saleh of the Alexandria International Film Festival said that the film, "Area K," a documentary about Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip directed by Ramon Bloomberg, was "biased towards the Israelis."

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