- The Washington Times - Monday, January 29, 2001

Zanzibar riots kill at least 37 persons

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania Opposition protesters fought running battles with police on the semiautonomous Indian Ocean islands of Zanzibar yesterday, and the death toll since Friday rose to at least 37.
The violence was worst on Pemba, the smaller of Zanzibar's main islands, where witnesses said at least 24 persons had been killed, including four members of the security forces who were hacked and stoned to death by protesters. A policeman also was beheaded in Pemba on Saturday.
The clashes began after the opposition Civic United Front (CUF) called demonstrations to demand a rerun of disputed elections on Zanzibar last year. The government declared the protests illegal and arrested CUF Chairman Ibrahim Lipumba.

Serbian attacks wound seven

BUJANOVAC, Yugoslavia Four Yugoslav soldiers and three others were wounded in separate incidents in the tense buffer zone in southern Serbia bordering Kosovo, military sources said yesterday.
The four soldiers, who were not in a critical state, were injured when a rocket exploded in front of their vehicle, the source said.
Two fighters from the armed ethnic Albanian Liberation Army of Presevo, Medvedja and Bujanovac also were reported injured in Gornji Susaj near Presevo, according to a source close to the guerrilla group.

Coast guards recover 22 bodies from sinking

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine Coast guards recovered 22 corpses from waters off Ukraine yesterday after a ship traveling from Istanbul to a port in Ukraine's Crimea apparently sank, officials said early today.
An official from the coast guard told Reuters news agency a lifeboat and a life raft from the ship, the Pamyat Mercuria, had been found off Ukraine's coast in the Black Sea. Twenty-two persons died from exposure and six persons were still alive, including the captain of the vessel, he said.
The coast guard official quoted the captain as saying the ship sank Saturday evening, but gave no reason for the accident.

Reformers seek probe of judiciary

TEHRAN More than 70 Iranian lawmakers have signed a petition calling for an investigation of Tehran's hard-line judiciary behind the arrest of liberal activists and the closure of reformist publications in the Islamic republic.
"Under the constitution, the judiciary must defend individual and social rights and freedoms," the official news agency IRNA yesterday quoted Ibrahim Amini, a member of parliament's judicial committee, as saying.
The petition is to be handed to parliament's presiding board. Mr. Amini said the signatories wanted an investigation of "violations and discriminations" against the accused, as well as mistreatment of prisoners.

Cuban official decries Bush as 'illegitimate'

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil The president of Cuba's National Assembly, considered to be the country's third-highest official, delivered a scathing speech yesterday slamming President Bush and the election that brought him to power.
"The superstate is being governed by an illegitimate president," Mr. Alarcon said during a panel at the World Social Forum, an "anti-Davos" meeting in southern Brazil that coincides with the gathering of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Mr. Alarcon, seen as one of Cuba's main foreign affairs officials, said many U.S. voters were marginalized in the "most scandalous electoral fraud."

Pope names 5 more cardinals

VATICAN CITY Only a week after he named a record-setting 37 new cardinals, Pope John Paul II yesterday announced five more princes of the church two Germans, and one each from South Africa, Bolivia and Ukraine as well as as two appointments from former Soviet states that he made secretly in 1998.
The announcements mean 44 churchmen will be able to participate in the Feb. 21 consistory ceremony in which they become cardinals.

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