- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 23, 2001

7 accused by Sudan as spies dispute charges
KHARTOUM, Sudan — The attorney for a Tunisian accused of running a spy network and six Sudanese accused of being accomplices have demanded that the charges against them be dropped, the newspaper Al Sahafi Al-Dawli reported yesterday.
Ali bin Mustafa bin Hamed was pressured by the Tunisian Embassy to provide information about Sudan's army, as well as Arab fundamentalists in the country, the lawyer said. "He was subjected to threats on his life and on his family back home," lawyer Abdel Qadir was quoted as telling the court Tuesday.
He also argued that because prosecutors and security witnesses testified that the information the embassy received was false, his client could not be convicted of supplying military secrets.

Drought in Somalia destroys sorghum crop
NAIROBI, Kenya — The U.N. World Food Program said yesterday that more than half a million people in Somalia face serious food shortages after an almost total failure of rains in the southern region.
The worst-affected areas are the Gedo, Bay and Bakol sorghum belt, which borders southeast Ethiopia and northeast Kenya, according to a World Food Program statement.
The region usually produces 70 percent to 75 percent of Somalia's annual sorghum crop, but this year's harvest is unlikely to exceed 10 percent of the average yield.

Zimbabwe livestock barred in S. Africa
PRETORIA, South Africa — The government is beefing up patrols on the northern border with Zimbabwe after an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease there, the government said yesterday.
Agriculture Department chief director Emily Mogajane said troops and agriculture officials had been deployed.
"We are concerned that the current turmoil in Zimbabwe would make it difficult to control the movement of infected livestock and contaminated water," she said.
"It's positive. It's an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease," said Gideon Brueckner, the department's director of animal health. South Africa has stopped all imports of animal products from Zimbabwe, he said, but the risk of the disease spilling over the border was difficult to assess.

Weekly notes
Police in Lagos, Nigeria, yesterday arrested Ganiyu Adams, leader of the most hard-line faction of the banned Odua People's Congress, sought for the past 20 months after ethnic riots in which hundreds of people died. The gang leader was thought to have been on his way to lead a breakout of Odua members from a Lagos police station, said Lagos state Deputy Police Commissioner Emmanuel Adebayo. Promoters have canceled the South African appearance of hip-hop star Lauryn Hill this month because she failed to show up for concerts in the United States and Jamaica. "Following recent no-shows Eargasm Entertainment has decided to remove her from the upcoming Black August tour," the firm announced.

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