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Wahid censured; impeachment looms
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Lawmakers overwhelmingly censured President Abdurrahman Wahid for corruption and incompetence yesterday, setting the stage for impeachment of the nations first freely chosen leader in four decades.
It was the second time in three months that the legislature has formally rebuked the head of state, and the vote raised serious doubts that Mr. Wahids crisis-ridden presidency can survive more than a few more months. Two rebukes are required by the countrys constitution before impeachment proceedings can begin.
Mr. Wahid, a prominent, half-blind Muslim cleric, is under pressure to quit in favor of Vice President Megawati Sukarnoputri.

Benin officials confirm child-trafficking fears
COTONOU, Benin — Children taken from a suspected slave ship confirmed suspicions the vessel was involved in child trafficking, officials said yesterday.
The government, UNICEF and an aid group stopped short, however, of making accusations that any of the 43 children and young adults aboard the Nigerian-registered MV Etireno when it docked in Benin on April 17 were destined for slavery.
Five children told authorities their parents were paid around $14 before their departure, said the groups representative in Benin, Alfonso Gonzalez Jaggli. Eight said they were traveling with a person they did not know.

Britain warns travelers over Zimbabwe
LONDON — Britains Foreign Office yesterday warned Britons traveling to and living in Zimbabwe to be on their guard following attacks on foreigners and European businesses in the country by pro-government militants.
"We would never advise people against traveling to Zimbabwe, but we have a duty to inform people of the situation on the ground," a Foreign Office spokesman said.
Zimbabwe last week warned nongovernmental organizations that it could not guarantee the safety of their members.

Court to extend Milosevic detention
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia — A Belgrade court extended former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevics stay in jail for two more months, the Beta news agency reported.
Court officials were not available for comment. Mr. Milosevics attorney, Toma Fila, had said earlier that such a decision was likely, but could not immediately confirm the report.
Mr. Milosevic was arrested April 1 on suspicion of corruption and abuse of power during his 13-year rule.

Vatican plans display of Pope John XXIIIs body
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican said yesterday that it will put the body of Pope John XXIII on display in St. Peters Square on June 3, the 38th anniversary of his death.
June 3 is also Pentecost, a Roman Catholic holy day. The Vatican said the body will be on display for the faithful to venerate.


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