- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 8, 2001

New president takes oath in Bolivia
SUCRE, Bolivia — Jorge Quiroga became Bolivia's president last night, taking office facing rising expectations to fix the economy of South America's poorest nation, soothe social discontent and curb political corruption — all in the year left in his predecessor's term.
In a ceremony in parliament, the vice president donned the presidential sash relinquished a day earlier by President Hugo Banzer, who stepped down to battle cancer.

Racial violence erupts in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe— Ruling-party militants attacked whites and stoned cars yesterday close to the site where at least 23 white farmers were arrested the day before for violence against land occupiers.
A white man was treated for stab wounds and another for head injuries, including a perforated eardrum, said officials at a private medical clinic in the town of Chinhoyi, 70 miles northwest of the capital, Harare. Several cars driven by whites were stoned, farmers' leaders and witnesses said.
Ruling-party militants have occupied at least 1,700 white-owned farms in Zimbabwe. The government of President Robert Mugabe backs the seizure of the farms for redistribution to landless blacks, despite a Supreme Court ruling that the occupations are illegal.

President calls off talks in Colombia
BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombian President Andres Pastrana broke off peace talks with National Liberation Army rebels yesterday, in a move analysts said may allow for a military offensive against the Cuban-inspired guerrillas.
In a strongly worded speech, Mr. Pastrana called the National Liberation Army "obstinate" and said there was "a lack of will by this organization to advance in a peace process."
The direct presidential order to end the talks may unleash the military, which has long pushed for an offensive against the waning 5,000-member rebel force.

Israel, U.N. strike deal on tape
NEW YORK — Israel and the United Nations agreed yesterday on arrangements for viewing videotapes and bloodstained articles the Israelis hope will offer clues to the fate of three of its soldiers kidnapped last year near Lebanon.
A team of three military officers would see the two videotapes and seven bloodstained objects, which they have long sought to analyze, at U.N. headquarters today, Israeli U.N. Ambassador Yehuda Lancry said.
The agreement ended a daylong standoff over whether Israeli experts would have repeated opportunities to examine the objects and the tapes, which have been at the center of disputes between Israeli and U.N. officials.

Swedish rioter given lengthy sentence
STOCKHOLM — A 25-year-old Swede was sentenced yesterday to four years in prison for rioting during the European Union summit in Goteborg — the harshest penalty in a series of trials stemming from the protests.
Jonathan Pye was found guilty of participating on two occasions in the street fighting that broke out during the June 14-16 EU meetings in Goteborg, court clerk Ann-Christine Ekelund said.
The rioting involved a minority of the 25,000 protesters who converged on Goteborg, 300 miles southwest of the capital, Stockholm. Most of the protesters targeted President Bush, the EU and globalization, among other things, in a series of violent and nonviolent demonstrations.

Cambodia prepares for Khmer Rouge trials
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodia's Constitutional Council approved legislation yesterday to establish a special court to try former Khmer Rouge leaders for crimes against humanity, clearing a hurdle in the effort to punish some of the 20th century's worst human rights violators.
The legislation sets up a framework for a United Nations-assisted tribunal to try surviving Khmer Rouge leaders, blamed for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people in the late 1970s.

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