- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 28, 2001

U.S. to help rebuild cooperative Yugoslavia
The United States said it would make big pledges at a donors' conference tomorrow to help rebuild Yugoslavia, but payment will depend on Belgrade's further cooperation with the U.N. war-crimes tribunal.
The United States had delayed announcing its attendance at the Brussels conference, seen as crucial to its success, to put pressure on Belgrade to transfer war-crimes suspects, including former President Slobodan Milosevic, for trial in The Hague.
Legal moves in Belgrade that appeared to hasten Mr. Milosevic's transfer helped prompt Washington to attend the event, co-chaired by the European Commission the European Union's executive body and the World Bank.

U.S. weighs plea for Berenson
The United States will say it hopes Lori Berenson's appeal will be heard soon in Peru. It will say that humanitarian considerations should be taken into account.
What it hasn't said and won't say is that Berenson is innocent of charges that she collaborated with leftist guerrillas.
Former U.S. officials say they aren't sure she is innocent.
"I don't know how anybody could look at the evidence and arrive at a different conclusion than she knew more than she's admitting to," said Dennis Jett, U.S. ambassador to Lima from 1996 to 1999.

Last-ditch bid set on N. Ireland peace
DUBLIN Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern and British Prime Minister Tony Blair will meet in Northern Ireland today for last-ditch talks before First Minister David Trimble resigns, government officials said.
The trip comes just days before Mr. Trimble's threatened resignation as first minister of the Northern Ireland devolved government is due to take effect as a protest against the Irish Republican Army's delays in disarming.
"This is a bid by the two prime ministers to try to find a new way forward," an Irish government spokeswoman said.

Brazil's economic pinch draws leftist protest
BRASILIA Eight persons were injured when riot police clashed with some of the tens of thousands of opposition protesters who had gathered in the Brazilian capital yesterday, the police said.
University professors marched alongside punks and members of the landless workers movement with slogans criticizing the government of President Fernando Henrique Cardoso and claiming that the country's power crisis was in part the result of widespread corruption.
The march was organized by the National Forum of Struggles umbrella group, made up leftist groups, labor unions and student organizations. The forum had bused in protesters from across the country.
Some 4,500 police, many of them on horseback, were mobilized in the area of the protest.

41 Mobil workers kidnapped in Nigeria
LAGOS, Nigeria Forty-one Exxon Mobil workers, including 16 expatriates, have been abducted to an unknown location in southern Nigeria, an oil workers' union leader said on state television yesterday.
Sina Luwoye, president of the PENGASAAN white-collar union, said the workers were seized from their base in Finima, on Bonny Island off Port Harcourt, where Mobil has a condensate plant.
Nigeria's multibillion-dollar liquefied natural gas plant is also on the island and has faced frequent disruptions from militant locals.

U.N. anti-racism talks face hurdles
Negotiations over a universal condemnation of racism is hitting age-old obstacles debate over castes, colonialism and whether former slave nations such as the United States should pay reparations, a top U.N. official said yesterday.
Mary Robinson, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, said she is worried that Western countries are shying away from an anti-racism declaration because they're wary of shining a spotlight on their past sins.
"There are dark corners and problems for countries that they are somewhat reluctant to have addressed globally," she told reporters yesterday in New York, where she has been attending a global U.N. conference on AIDS.

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