- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 10, 2001

100 in Ghana killed in soccer stampede
ACCRA, Ghana — A stampede at a packed soccer match between two of Ghanas leading teams killed at least 100 people last night, hospital officials said.
Hometown team Accra Heart of Oak was leading 2-1 against Assante Kotoko with five minutes left when Assante supporters began throwing bottles and chairs onto the field, witnesses said.
Police responded by firing tear gas, creating panic in the stands as spectators rushed to escape the gas, witnesses said.
The injured were rushed to surrounding hospitals, where officials said that at least 100 people had been killed and many more injured.

Payoff to spy chief in Peru reported
LIMA, Peru — Disgraced ex-President Alberto Fujimori gave spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos a $15 million golden handshake to quit and leave the country after he plunged Peru into political crisis last year, two newspapers, El Comercio and La Republica, reported yesterday.
The reports came days after state attorney Jose Ugaz, who is probing what he calls a corruption "mafia" run by Mr. Montesinos, filed charges of misuse of state funds against Mr. Fujimori.
Mr. Montesinos routinely handled issues of national security.

Castro calls on Iran to 'topple America
TEHRAN — Cuban President Fidel Castro urged Iran yesterday to help defeat the United States "as you toppled the shah" in 1979.
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, a staunch opponent of the United States, immediately welcomed the offer, saying the United States is "vulnerable and easy to break down."
Referring to the late U.S.-backed Iranian monarch, Mr. Castro said in an earlier speech at Tehran University: "You overthrew the shah 22 years ago, but there is another shah one thousand times stronger and better armed. This shah is imperialism, and its main stronghold is only miles away from our border."

10 seized in Benin in child trafficking
COTONOU, Benin — Police in Benin have arrested 10 persons for purportedly trying to traffic 23 minors to Ivory Coast, as well as a farmer said to have attempted to smuggle four others to Nigeria, a police source said yesterday.
The source said the group was apprehended Tuesday morning at Come, about 40 miles northwest of Benins commercial capital, Cotonou.
The children — boys and girls aged between 7 and 17, who came from different villages — were being transported in a vehicle.

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