- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 3, 2001

Judge orders tests for Pinochet

SANTIAGO, Chile A Chilean judge yesterday ordered former military ruler Augusto Pinochet to undergo two days of psychological testing to determine his fitness to stand trial for human rights abuses during his 1973-90 dictatorship.

Judge Juan Guzman ordered Gen. Pinochet to undergo testing Sunday and Monday.

Judge Guzman had ordered Gen. Pinochet placed under house arrest on Dec. 1 for the deaths and disappearances of 77 leftists who were victims of the "Death Caravan," a military squad that crisscrossed Chile in a helicopter after Gen. Pinochet seized power in September 1973.

Mitterrand son ordered freed from jail

PARIS A court ordered the release of late President Francois Mitterrand's son yesterday but asked that his Swiss bank accounts be frozen during an investigation of arms sales to Angola.

Jean-Christophe Mitterrand, 54, who has been in jail since Dec. 21, will spend at least one more night in prison. Bail was set at $725,000 and cannot be paid until this morning, Mr. Mitterrand's lawyer said.

Mr. Mitterrand, under investigation for complicity in weapons trafficking and misuse of political power, did not attend the hearing.

Doctor orders rest for aging pope

ROME One of Pope John Paul II's physicians has said the pontiff should curtail his official schedule and rest, in an interview to appear today in the Italian magazine Oggi.

"The pope should stop and rest," said orthopedist Gianfranco Fineschi, who has treated the pontiff several times since the 1981 attempt on his life.

The pope, 80, is often the focus of concerns about his health. He was last hospitalized in October 1996, when his appendix was removed.

Sri Lanka seizes Tamil food stocks

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka Government troops seized Tamil rebels' stockpile of rice, onions and legume seeds and sent guerrillas fleeing in northern Jaffna Peninsula, the government said yesterday.

Soldiers also recovered a cache of land mines, anti-tank mines and explosives Monday from the guerrillas' hide-out near the storehouse, top government spokesman Ariya Rubasinghe said.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are fighting for a homeland for Sri Lanka's 3.2 million Tamils.

Militants battle Indians in Kashmir

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Militants battling Indian soldiers in disputed Kashmir pledged yesterday to continue their secessionist war despite political talks planned for later this month and recent moves toward peace.

"We won't reduce our attacks against the Indian army nor will we allow New Delhi to use meaningless talks as a delaying tactic," said Farooq Kashmiri, chief of the militant group Harakat-ul Mujahedeen. "Our struggle will continue until Kashmir is liberated."

Since 1989, Muslim militants with headquarters in Pakistan have been waging a war in the Indian part of Kashmir, demanding either outright independence or union with Islamic Pakistan.

Japan emperor greets the New Year

TOKYO Emperor Akihito offered New Year's greetings yesterday to tens of thousands of well-wishers who flocked to Japan's imperial palace on one of only two days a year when it opens its gates to the public.

"At the start of the new year, I pray for happiness for the people of Japan and the world," Emperor Akihito, 67, told the first of several groups gathered on a pebbled courtyard beneath the palace balcony, where he was shielded by bulletproof glass.

After his speech, shouts of "Long live the emperor" rang from the crowd.

South Korea groups help North Koreans to sing

SEOUL South Korean civic groups are sending their first shipment of aid to North Korea this year and it will include 10 karaoke machines, with military songs tactfully removed.

The $917,000 worth of private aid for poverty-stricken North Korea will include underwear, flour, goats and disposable syringes, a coalition of religious and civic groups said.

But the most unusual gift is a special donation from the owner of an electronic market in Seoul: 10 karaoke machines programmed with 4,000 South Korean and U.S. pop songs with military tunes removed to avoid controversy, the coalition said.

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