- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 19, 2001

Mob torches legislature; 11 killed, 24 injured
GAUHATI, India — Police shot and killed at least 11 persons after protesters opposed to a truce between the federal government and a separatist group burned down the legislature in northeastern Indias Manipur state yesterday, police and witnesses said.
At least 24 others were wounded in the shootings that broke out in front of former Chief Minister Radhabinod Koijams home, said police, who feared the death toll would increase.
The home was also burned down, as were offices of several political parties.
Officials at police headquarters in Imphal, the state capital, said 13 of the wounded were seriously hurt and predicted the death toll would increase.

War-crimes case filed against Sharon
BRUSSELS — Survivors of the massacre of hundreds of Palestinian refugees during Israels 1982 invasion of Lebanon filed a case in Brussels yesterday accusing Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of crimes against humanity.
The 52-page complaint, also accusing Mr. Sharon of genocide and war crimes, was handed to Investigating Judge Sophie Huguet, who will decide whether the case is admissible.
"We hope that Mr. Sharon will be brought to justice, will be tried and will defend himself," Chibli Mallat, a Lebanese lawyer representing the 23 Palestinian and Lebanese plaintiffs, told Reuters.

Woman slashes kindergarten teacher
TOKYO — A woman with a knife forced her way into a Tokyo kindergarten today and slashed a teacher, a Tokyo Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said.
The teacher, a young woman, was slashed on her hands and leg before the attacker fled, police said. The teacher was taken to the hospital, but her injuries were minor.
There were no children nearby when the early morning attack occurred. No other details were available.
The attack comes just over a week after a knife-wielding man stormed a school near Osaka, in western Japan, killing eight first- and second-grade children.

Canada, Britain joust over knighthoods
OTTAWA — Canadas prime minister, arguing that knighthoods and peerages are not compatible with democracy in his country, has written an angry letter to British Prime Minister Tony Blair urging him not to grant Canadians titles like "lord" or "sir."
In a letter released late Sunday, Jean Chretien asked Mr. Blair to consult before announcing honors to Canadian citizens, two of whom received knighthoods in Queen Elizabeths annual birthday honors list.
"I am writing to you to express in the strongest terms the objections of the government of Canada and my personal objections to the way in which your government has dealt with the question of honors bestowed on Canadian citizens," Mr. Chretien wrote in the letter to Mr. Blair.
Britains High Commission declined to comment on the letter yesterday, referring questions to Mr. Blairs Downing Street office in London.

Madonna ticket sold for sex
BERLIN — A German Internet Web site offering a ticket to a sold-out Madonna concert in exchange for sex picked a winner yesterday after being bombarded with applicants from around the world.
Thema1 publisher Bernd Heusinger said 120 readers applied for a chance to win the ticket to attend the Berlin concert of the pop icon as his guest Friday.
The winner was identified only as 26-year-old "Aaron" from Frankfurt, Mr. Heusinger said.
He will spend the night with the Web sites columnist Shelley Masters.
Brushing off criticism that his offer of a ticket in exchange for sex with one of his reporters was either illegal or immoral, Mr. Heusinger said readers were taking part voluntarily. Five men and two women on the Web sites staff volunteered.

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