- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 14, 2001

Uganda pulling out of parts of Congo
KAMPALA, Uganda Uganda yesterday started pulling out its troops from the northwestern Congolese town of Basankusu, military spokesman Lt. Col. Phinehas Katirima said.
"The flight went Wednesday and is now on its way to Gbadolite. We will begin pulling out a battalion from Basankusu today," Col. Katirima told said.
"After that we will continue to withdraw from another eight positions in the [Democratic Republic of Congo] … and the speed of the process will depend on the availability of aircraft and other logistics," he added, without saying how many Ugandan soldiers would withdraw.
Troops from Uganda and Rwanda invaded Congo in 1998, backing rebels trying to topple the government. Zimbabwe, Angola and Namibia intervened on the side of Laurent Kabilas government.
A cease-fire is now holding in the vast central African nation, and U.N. peacekeepers have begun to deploy in both rebel- and government-controlled zones.

Bombs go off in Karachi in water protest
KARACHI, Pakistan Four bombs rocked the port city of Karachi yesterday, killing one person and injuring 12, as a strike to protest a water shortage paralyzed much of Pakistans southern Sindh province.
The first bomb exploded in a congested southern neighborhood, wounding two persons and destroying several vehicles, police said.
Another bomb was hidden inside a helmet, a third went off outside a shop in a posh district in southern Karachi and a fourth exploded inside a restaurant.

Northern Ireland sets review of abortion
BELFAST A high court judge yesterday ordered a judicial review into abortion rights in Northern Ireland, which was not covered by the 1967 legalization of abortion in the rest of the United Kingdom.
Some 40,000 Northern Ireland women in the past 20 years have traveled to Britain for abortions because of confusion over the provinces regulations, the Family Planning Association said last month when it announced it was taking the issue to court.
The organization says although the 1967 law doesnt extend to Northern Ireland, the provinces Department of Health has accepted that abortion is legal in certain circumstances.

Indonesia rocked by worker protests
JAKARTA, Indonesia Workers threw rocks outside the presidential palace in the capital Wednesday, and protests broke out in three other cities as Indonesians demonstrated against new labor laws.
Police fired warning shots to disperse about 3,000 protesters and set up roadblocks on the outskirts of Surabaya a bustling port and industrial center that is Indonesias second-largest city.
In a separate protest there, another 3,000 workers threw rocks at police, who fired tear gas. Seven demonstrators were arrested. One person was hospitalized with stomach wounds, medical officials said.

Taliban hits convictions in embassy bombings
KABUL, Afghanistan The men convicted of bombing U.S. Embassies in Africa three years ago were judged by an unfair court, the Taliban governments foreign minister said yesterday.
Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil accused the West of trying to whip up sentiment against Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden.
His comments came a day after a New York jury decided against the execution of convicted terrorist Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-Owhali for his role in the Aug. 7, 1998, embassy bombing in Nairobi, Kenya, that killed 213 persons.

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