- The Washington Times - Friday, July 6, 2001

Pinochet judge seeks to grill Kissinger
SANTIAGO, Chile — The judge who indicted Gen. Augusto Pinochet wants to question former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger about the assassination of an American filmmaker in Chile during the former dictator's rule, a court official said yesterday.
Judge Juan Guzman has prepared more than 50 questions to be posed to Mr. Kissinger about the killing of Charles Horman shortly after the 1973 coup led by Pinochet, Supreme Court clerk Carlos Meneses said.
Judge Guzman also prepared questions for Nathaniel Davis, the U.S. ambassador to Chile at the time, he said.
No details about the questionnaire were immediately available, but it is believed to refer to knowledge that the U.S. officials may have had about the case.

Marijuana downgraded as crime in London
LONDON — Chris Baldwin, a paraplegic who says he uses marijuana to control muscle spasms, lit up a joint in front of a police station in south London to see what would happen.
It took the 51-year-old 20 minutes, two marijuana cigarettes and "several shouted requests to passing patrols" before officers confiscated his marijuana, said media reports.
Mr. Baldwin was testing a pilot program introduced this week in London's crime-ridden borough of Lambeth in which anyone caught with a small amount of marijuana is let off with a verbal warning, as part of an effort to free officers to tackle crack cocaine, heroin and other crimes.

East Timor, Australia sign deal on oil
DILI, East Timor — Australia and East Timor signed a treaty to share revenues from a rich oil deposit yesterday in a deal that will guarantee the fledgling nation a much-needed stream of hard currency.
Under the deal, East Timor will receive 90 percent of the royalties from the oil and natural gas from the Timor Gap fieldOver 20 years starting from 2004, East Timor is expected to receive more than $3.6 billion in royalties from the 30,000-square-mile field. Australia's share will be $525 million over the same period.

Suspected witches hacked to death
KAMPALA, Uganda — More than 200 suspected witches were hacked to death in villages in rebel-held northeastern Congo in killings that began June 15, a senior army official said yesterday.
"Villagers were saying that some people had bewitched others, and they started lynching them. By the time we discovered this, 60 people had already been killed by early last week. About 200 people lost their lives," Brig. Henry Tumukunde said.
Ugandan troops had been in northeastern Congo since 1998 in support of a rebellion against the Congolese government. The troops were evacuated earlier in the year, but were sent back to Aru district to stop the killings and arrest suspected killers, he said.

Russia mourns Siberia crash victims
MOSCOW — Flags flew at half-staff on government buildings across Russia yesterday and television and radio stations were urged not to broadcast light entertainment as the country observed an official day of mourning for the 145 victims of an airline crash in Siberia.
The Tu-154 jet belonging to the Vladivostokavia airline crashed Tuesday while trying to land at Irkutsk, a Siberian city about 2,600 miles east of Moscow.

Protester sprays Japanese ministry
TOKYO — A man walked in the front door of Japan's Foreign Ministry yesterday and began spraying a fire extinguisher in an apparent protest over an embezzlement scandal.
Reporters were interviewing Socialist Party leader Takako Doi when a man walked into the building, pulled the canister from a paper bag and began shouting.
"The embezzlement scandal hasn't been solved," he yelled, as the hall filled with white mist. Within seconds, three police officers stripped the man of the canister and pinned him to the floor.

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