- The Washington Times - Friday, August 31, 2001

Rioting rocks Iranian town
TEHRAN — One boy was killed and 37 persons were injured in riots in the northeastern Iran city of Sabzevar yesterday during a protest about plans to split up a province, Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
The government voted Sunday to split the vast Khorasan province into three provinces to streamline bureaucracy and ease poverty in the remote, drug-infested region that borders Afghanistan.
But angry Sabzevar residents wanted the province split into four regions so their town would also become a provincial capital.

President's father dies in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG — Govan Mbeki, the father of President Thabo Mbeki and a leader of South Africa's struggle against apartheid, died early yesterday at the age of 91.
Mr. Mbeki, who spent 24 years in jail with former President Nelson Mandela under apartheid, died at his home in the city of Port Elizabeth after a long illness.

Nigerian floods leave dozens dead
WUDIL, Nigeria — Dozens of people were missing and feared dead and tens of thousands were rendered homeless yesterday after floods swept through northern Nigeria. More than 60 towns and villages in five local government areas of Kano state have been submerged and flooding has reached into the neighboring Jigawa state, relief workers said.

Casualties mount in Colombian clashes
BOGOTA, Colombia — Clashes between leftist rebels and government forces in Colombia yesterday left at least 33 dead, the army said yesterday.
The announcement came amid a major government offensive against the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the country's largest rebel group, and a visit by a high-level U.S. mission reviewing the status of the $1.3 billion anti-drug program, Plan Colombia.
The government and representatives of the guerrilla group, known as the FARC, agreed yesterday to suspend peace talks indefinitely. The two sides did not give a reason for the postponement.

Belgrade proposes reform plan
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia — The Yugoslav government presented a draft plan yesterday to reform the federation of Serbia and its estranged sister republic, Montenegro, seeking to preserve the joint state but keeping its functions to a minimum.
But the proposal was immediately denounced by an official of the ruling party in the tiny Montenegro, whose leadership instead wants a loose alliance of two independent states.
Under the plan, the federation would have joint foreign and defense policies, shared border control, and common monetary and customs systems.

Gorilla population on the rebound
KIGALI, Rwanda — The number of gorillas in the thick forests on the slopes of volcanos on the common border of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo is increasing, according to a report released yesterday.
The Rwandan Tourism Ministry said the number of gorillas had grown to 355 this year from 320 in 1989. The gorillas in the volcano forests represent about half the remaining members of the species, and are in danger of extinction.

Prince welcomes bosom buddies
LONDON — In a publicity stunt for breast cancer charities, Britain's Prince Charles is to pose with 80 women who will be naked from the waist up except for their bras, his office announced yesterday.
The 80 women, ages 13 to 81, have all been invited to the prince's country residence of Highgrove, where they will present him with nearly $800,000 for two charities of which he is patron. The women raised the money by running an overnight marathon in London last May — also in their bras.


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