Former Beatle to be married
LONDON — Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney and his girlfriend, Heather Mills, said yesterday they are to marry “sometime next year.”
Mr. McCartney, 59, got down on one knee to propose to Miss Mills, a 33-year-old model and charity worker, his publicist said.
Mr. McCartney has spoken of how his relationship with Miss Mills helped him overcome the pain of losing his wife, Linda, who died in April 1998 as a result of breast cancer after a happy marriage of more than 30 years.
Peru Cabinet seeks foreign investment
LIMA, Peru — Peru’s president-elect, Alejandro Toledo, named his Cabinet yesterday, choosing an international corporate lawyer to be his prime minister.
Roberto Danino, who will take over the premiership, laid out his priorities: “We are people from a broad spectrum of experience but with the sole objective of waging all-out war on poverty.”
Mr. Toledo takes office tomorrow, when he will swear in his Cabinet.
Turkey denies seeking virginity tests
ANKARA, Turkey — Following criticism from women’s and human-rights organizations and his own political party, Turkey’s health minister denied yesterday that he authorized virginity tests for high school nursing students suspected of having sex.
Health Minister Osman Durmus said earlier this month that high school girls studying at government-run nursing high schools would be expelled and barred from studying at other government institutions if they had sex.
Turkish newspapers reported that Mr. Durmus was authorizing virginity tests for girls suspected of having sex.
American in Russia eligible to seek freedom
MOSCOW — John Tobin, the American Fulbright scholar imprisoned in Russia on a drug conviction, will be eligible to seek early release beginning Aug. 2, a prison spokesman said yesterday.
Tobin was convicted in April of obtaining, possessing and distributing drugs in Voronezh, a city 300 miles south of Moscow where he was studying at a university.
The 24-year-old Connecticut native was sentenced to 37 months in prison, but a higher court overturned the distribution conviction on appeal and reduced his sentence to one year.
BBC booted out of Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe has suspended all press accreditation for the British Broadcasting Corp., accusing its correspondents of distorted coverage of President Robert Mugabe’s campaign to seize mostly white-owned farms.
Information Minister Jonathan Moyo said visiting BBC correspondent Rageh Omaar incorrectly reported on Mr. Mugabe’s speech at Parliament’s official opening on Tuesday, the state-run Herald newspaper reported. The BBC confirmed the suspension and issued a statement in support of its journalists.
Courts have declared the land seizure illegal in rulings that Mr. Mugabe has ignored
Croat pleads not guilty at Hague tribunal
THE HAGUE — Croatian Gen. Rahim Ademi yesterday pleaded not guilty before the U.N. war crimes tribunal to five counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his reputed role in atrocities committed during Croatia’s war against secessionist Serbs between 1991 and 1995.
The 47-year-old general, who appeared dressed in a dark-gray suit, turned himself in to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Wednesday.
He is the first Croat to appear before the court to answer for his role in the Croatian war against Serbs in Croatia.
Sri Lanka bans private flights
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka yesterday announced a ban on all private flights, refueling stops and ad hoc charters at the country’s only international airport as it tried to recover from a Tamil rebel attack.
Tamil Tiger guerrillas this week destroyed three parked Sri Lankan Airlines Airbus aircraft and damaged three more.