- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 27, 2001

Election violence kills seven in Uganda
KAMPALA, Uganda Seven persons died in election-related violence yesterday in Uganda, where parliamentary elections were likely to be dominated by President Yoweri Museveni's ruling National Resistance Movement.
Police spokesman Asuman Mugenyi said five persons were shot by a Movement candidate's bodyguard in a "fracas" between voters in a village near Mbale, 124 miles northeast of Kampala. At least six others were injured.
Angry voters then beat the guard to death. Police arrested the candidate, Simon Murlongo, Mr. Mugenyi told reporters.
Another man died when Vincent Nyenzi, a junior Cabinet minister, or his bodyguard fired into a crowd in western Uganda.

Boy's death leads to murder charges
LONDON Four teen-agers were charged yesterday with murder in the death of a 10-year-old Nigerian boy, a crime that led to national soul-searching about safety in Britain's inner cities.
In the stairwell of a run-down housing project near his south London home, Damilola Taylor bled to death from stab wounds as he tried to reach help. Police said from the beginning that their chief suspects were local youths.
Detective Chief Inspector Trevor Shepherd said the youths charged yesterday a 14-year-old, two 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old were taken into custody. All four boys, who have not been identified, had previously been interviewed by police.

Armed men abduct U.S. businessman
ACAPULCO, Mexico Armed men have kidnapped one of the leading U.S. businessmen in Acapulco, city officials said yesterday.
Real estate agent Ron Lavender, a native of Iowa, was in a car on the Mexican resort city's Miguel Aleman waterfront when it was intercepted by two vehicles. Mr. Lavender was forced to get into one of the vehicles, city council member Gloria Maria Sierra said.
At least 20 kidnappings have been reported in Guerrero this year and about 120 in two years, according to police figures.

Clarke seeks opposition leadership
LONDON Britain's pro-euro former Finance Minister Kenneth Clarke announced yesterday he would stand for the vacant leadership of the opposition Conservative Party.
His announcement puts him head to head with the front-runner for the job, Michael Portillo, though a total of five contenders are in the field.

Schindler's widow ends dispute with newspaper
STUTTGART, Germany A German newspaper reached a deal yesterday with the widow of Oskar Schindler, an industrialist who saved more than 1,000 Jews from Nazi death camps. The deal ended a legal dispute over the publishing of an old suitcase's contents.
A state court in Stuttgart said the Stuttgarter Zeitung newspaper had agreed in an out-of-court settlement to pay Emilie Schindler $11,000.
The newspaper had published a series of articles about the contents of a suitcase a reader had found in an attic of a house where Oskar Schindler had lived late in his life. Emilie Schindler, 94, had sued the newspaper, saying the suitcase was her property.

American faces Russian spy charges
MOSCOW Russian security officials said yesterday they may bring espionage charges against John Tobin, a U.S. Fulbright scholar jailed on a drug conviction in Russia. Tobin's attorneys called the claim a dubious legal bid to keep Tobin behind bars.
An official at the Moscow headquarters of the Federal Security Service, or FSB, the main successor to the KGB, said in a telephone interview that the new accusations against Tobin could be based on the testimony of a Russian scholar who claimed the American tried to recruit him as a spy for the United States. The official for the security service's head office in Moscow refused to give his name.

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