- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 7, 2001

Rome summit on hunger still on
ROME — The United Nations said yesterday it is going ahead with plans for a summit in Rome on global hunger, despite Italy's concerns about a repeat of the riots that marred the Group of Eight meeting in Genoa last month.
The Rome-based U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization is discussing the matter with the Italian government but is "working under the instructions of the director-general to prepare for the summit in Rome in November," said Nick Parsons, a spokesman for the U.N. agency.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi suggested Friday that he did not want to play host to the Nov. 5-9 hunger meeting because of security concerns — an idea that was criticized by his new government's opponents.
The G-8 summit was marred by the worst anti-globalization protests in over two years and reports of police brutality. One protester was fatally shot and more than 200 hundred others injured in clashes between police and protesters.

Argentina mum on new aid
BUENOS AIRES — Argentina came under fire from investors yesterday to seek a new multibillion dollar aid package to halt default fears, but government officials would not say whether such a deal was in the works.
Finance Secretary Daniel Marx "said he was not in a position to confirm anything about p[a deal]."
Investors punished local stocks and bonds in Latin America's No. 3 economy after a visit by U.S. Treasury official John Taylor failed to provide anything more than just "verbal" support for the country's progress on economic reforms.

Zimbabwe police arrest white farmers
HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwean police yesterday arrested several white farmers after clashes with militants occupying a white-owned farm, farming sources said.
They said the clashes in the northeastern town of Chinhoyi erupted when the militants, who had barricaded the farm owner in his house, objected to other farmers trying to rescue their neighbor.
"They went to the police to give statements after the incident and they were arrested," a farmer who declined to be named, said by telephone.
Militants led by veterans of Zimbabwe's 1970s independence war have invaded hundreds of white-owned farms since February 2000 in support of a drive by President Robert Mugabe's government to forcibly acquire land from commercial white farmers for redistribution to blacks.

Children dying of hunger and disease
KINSHASA, Congo — Malaria, measles and malnutrition are killing four out of 10 infants in parts of rebel-held eastern Congo, according to a report yesterday by three British aid agencies.
The report, published jointly by Save the Children, Oxfam and Christian Aid, said children were the primary victims of a three-year war that has drawn in armies from five other African nations.
In parts of the east, hunger and preventable or treatable diseases kill 41 percent of children before they reach the age of 1, the aid groups said.
The report said that the war has displaced more than 2 million people, and that more than 80 percent of families in rural areas in the rebel-held east have had to flee their houses at least once over the past five years.

Fresh controversy over cloning surfaces
ROME — The Italian embryologist who enabled a 62-year-old woman to have a child is at the center of fresh controversy over his plans to create the world's first human clone, with Italian medical authorities yesterday threatening disciplinary action.
Italy's medical institute said yesterday that it had begun disciplinary action against him.
The British and Italian press earlier reported that Mr. Antinori intended to carry out experiments on up to 200 women, impregnating them with cloned embryos in the world's first attempt to produce a human clone.
Mr. Antinori is due to make the announcement of his planned experiments before the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in Washington today for a cloning program starting in November.

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