- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 17, 2001

Convicted American leaving Thursday

BEIJING — An American business professor convicted of spying for Taiwan will be expelled from China later this week, a human rights group said yesterday.

Li Shaomin will probably leave on Thursday for Hong Kong, according to the Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy. That would be the same day Chinese courts are required to put their verdict in writing.

A U.S. Embassy spokesman said yesterday that officials didn't know when Mr. Li would be expelled or to where. The Chinese government is not obligated to tell American officials when U.S. citizens are being deported.

Mr. Li, 44, was convicted Saturday in a closed trial at the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court. China did not explain why Mr. Li was being deported instead of imprisoned. Under Chinese law, he could have been sentenced to three years to life in jail.

Mrs. Schindler comes back to Germany

BERLIN — The widow of Oskar Schindler, a businessman who saved 1,200 Jews during the Nazi era, has decided to move permanently from Argentina to live her final years in Germany, her friend and biographer Erika Rosenberg told reporters yesterday.

Emilie Schindler has been living in Argentina since 1949.

The 94-year-old, who is in a wheelchair, had come to Germany last week seeking to find a nursing home where she could afford to live.

Mrs. Schindler told reporters: "Germany is a beautiful country. I want to stay here."

The story of Oskar Schindler, and the list of Jews he saved, was told in the Steven Spielberg film "Schindler's List."

Sudan lifts travel ban on U.S. officials

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudan's Islamist government has lifted a 3-year-old ban on the entry of U.S. officials in an effort to improve relations with a key player in Sudan's civil war, a newspaper reported yesterday.

The ban was imposed in August 1998 after the United States bombed a pharmaceutical plant near Khartoum, which it said was producing chemical weapons. Washington accused Sudan of supporting Islamist militants in the region.

Khartoum fears that the United States is leaning toward secession in the south as a solution to the civil war, which has caused up to 2 million deaths and the displacement of 4 million people.

The reported end of the ban followed the arrival in Khartoum on Saturday of U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Andrew Natsios.

Flooding ravages South Korea

SEOUL — South Korean soldiers helped flood victims clear up debris yesterday after flooding and landslides that killed at least 45 persons over the weekend.

Nine persons were still missing after heavy rains dumped up to a foot of water on the Seoul area Sunday night. About 34,000 homes were flooded in Seoul and Kyonggi-do, a populous area surrounding the capital.

Nearly 500 cars were reported destroyed or swept away in floods, and many were piled up in low-lying areas after the waters receded.

In Seoul and surrounding areas, rain fell at nearly 4 inches per hour at its peak. It was the heaviest rainfall since a rainstorm in 1964, when 3.9 inches per hour was recorded.

Wedding vows set on wreck of Titanic

LONDON — An American couple are to marry aboard the sunken remains of the world's most famous shipwreck, the Titanic.

David Leibowitz and Kimberley Miller from New York will wed in a minisubmarine perched on the ship's bow 2.5 miles down in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Newfoundland.

The idea for the wedding arose after Mr. Leibowitz won a competition offering a dive to the Titanic organized by British company SubSea Explorer, an Internet portal for divers.

The Titanic was the world's largest and most luxurious ocean liner when it struck an iceberg and sank on April 14, 1912, on its maiden voyage from Britain to New York.

The disaster claimed the lives of 1,500 passengers and crew.

The marriage plan has been condemned as a "disgrace" by members of the British Titanic Society.

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