- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 10, 2001

Former Beatle doing fine after treatment

LONDON — Former Beatle George Harrison told his fans on Monday "I am feeling fine" after successfully undergoing radiotherapy at a Swiss cancer clinic.

A statement from his London lawyer disclosed that the 58-year-old guitarist and singer underwent treatment at the hospital in Bellinzona over a month ago.

Doctors do not see any need for further treatment.

The Swiss newspaper Sonntagszeitung reported on Sunday that Mr. Harrison had been treated for a brain tumor.

Violence continues in Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica's prime minister yesterday ordered the army deployed across the island, trying to restore calm after three days of politically charged violence that has killed at least 20 persons.

Opposition supporters erected roadblocks in various areas of the country, and demonstrators in Spanish Town, near Kingston, looted three stores, police said. Gunmen have been staging shootouts with police and soldiers since Saturday in a poor area of Kingston.

"The government cannot stand idly by and allow criminal elements to hold this country ransom," Prime Minister P.J. Patterson told reporters.

Teutonic values uber alles

BERLIN — Germany should welcome immigrants only if they assimilate to Teutonic values, the conservative opposition said yesterday as the government debates under what terms it should open up to the outside world.

"We don't want a multicultural society," said Friedrich Merz, parliamentary floor leader of the Christian Democrats.

He said conservatives would be willing to back German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's plans to reform laws to allow in a limited number of immigrants each year, provided the newcomers adopted German traditions.

Iraq, U.N. agree to oil, food extension

NEW YORK — Iraq and the United Nations agreed yesterday to sign a memorandum extending the oil-for-food program, which will allow Iraq to export oil until Nov. 30, U.N. spokesman Fred Eckhard said. The oil-for-food program allows Iraq to sell oil, an exception to sanctions imposed in August 1990, and use the funds to purchase food, medicine and a host of other civilian goods.

U.S. ships allowed to dock in Hong Kong

HONG KONG — China has granted permission for a pair of American warships to dock in Hong Kong, a U.S. official said yesterday, reversing a two-year stance just days before the vote on which city will host the 2008 Olympics. China had refused requests for 10 U.S. ships to stop in Hong Kong since NATO's 1999 accidental bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade.

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