- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 13, 2001

S.Africa fires 2 envoys, cautions 3rd
PRETORIA, South Africa Two of South Africa's ambassadors abroad have been dismissed and a third has been cautioned over "unbecoming behavior," a government official said yesterday.
Foreign Affairs Director-General Sipho Pityana said the three, whom he did not identify, were under investigation on various charges including sexual harassment and insubordination.
"The case against one of them is pending, while the other two had been found guilty but appealed against the judgement to Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma," Mr. Pityana said.
"We are not at liberty to divulge the particulars of the individuals concerned or specifics of charges they may have faced. As soon as these processes have been finalized we will make these decisions public," he said.

Mob kills driver who backed over Koran
KANO, Nigeria Angry Muslims beat to death a Christian truck driver who accidentally reversed his vehicle over a copy of the Koran, the Muslim holy book, witnesses told Agence France-Presse yesterday.
The 42-year-old ethnic Igbo driver, locally known by the nickname "Saint Moritz," was backing up in a well-known fruit market in the northern city of Kano when he ran his truck into a Koranic study group, market trader Sa'idu Nasiru told AFP.
As they fled, the Koranic students dropped a copy of the Koran, and the driver drove over it. The students dragged him out of his cab and beat him up. He was taken to a police station for safety but was pulled out by a mob and killed, said another witness, Danlami Habibu.
Kano State Police Commissioner Yakubu Bello confirmed the killing and said five persons had been arrested over the incident.

Border mines halt farming in Horn
GERHUSIRNAY, Ethiopia A year after Ethiopia and Eritrea ended a border war in the Horn of Africa, people displaced by the deadly conflict still cannot work in their fields because of land mines, humanitarian officials say.
"A lot of people have returned to their homes but have no access to their farmland because of land mine issues, and that is true pretty much all along the border," said Thomas Thompson, an official of the U.N. World Food Program.
About 15 accidents involving mines have occurred since the Dec. 12, 2000, peace pact ended 21/2 years of war. Between June 2000 and June 2001, Ethiopian experts cleared 274,350 mines placed by Eritrean soldiers, according to sources in Addis Ababa, the capital.

Weekly notes
The possibility is "very real" that terrorist cells linked to al Qaeda are present in Somalia, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Walter Kansteiner said in Pretoria, South Africa, yesterday, at the end of an 11-day visit to Africa that included Ethiopia, Kenya and Zimbabwe. "Somalia is an environment that could be hospitable to terrorists The first goal is to make it inhospitable," he told reporters. Denmark will grant Tanzania $36.4 million over four years to finance the country's poverty reduction programs and public sector reforms, the Danish Embassy in Dar es Salaam said yesterday. On Tuesday, Sweden gave Tanzania $4.5 million in development aid to finance education, local government and public service reforms.

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