- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 2, 2001

Brain drain threatens Russian nuclear secrets
A potential brain drain from Russian centers specializing in nuclear and missile development could lead to the spread of nuclear weapons beyond Russias borders, researchers say.
A report commissioned by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace said yesterday the migration potential of these specialists is "dangerously high" because of inadequate living standards.
"This state of affairs objectively has to push people in the direction of accepting offers of work, regardless of the source," including would-be proliferators, the report said.

Iran rejects U.S. charges of terrorism
TEHRAN — Iran yesterday rejected U.S. charges that it supports terrorism and said that Washington, as a key supporter of Israel, had no right to criticize Tehran policy.
A U.S. State Department report released Monday named Iran as a major sponsor of state terrorism in the year 2000.

Canada pilgrims flock to Virgin Mary site
TORONTO — Hundreds of people have flocked to a Nova Scotia reserve over the past few days to view an image that some say resembles the Virgin Mary holding the baby Jesus, a report said yesterday.
The 3.2-inch image, which appeared in Tina Sacks home a day after her husband painted a room, has attracted about 700 pilgrims since Thursday to the town of Indian Brook.
Roman Catholic priests have examined the image and say they are pleased by the way people are coming together and praying before it.

Amnesty targets rape in Liberia
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — Amnesty International called on Liberia and the international community yesterday to halt what it said were abductions, gang rapes, tortures and murders of unarmed innocents in the West African state.
The human rights group claimed an anti-terrorist unit raped a pregnant woman and stamped on her stomach, causing her to lose the child.
An Amnesty report detailed findings of an investigation in Liberias northern Lofa county, where government forces have clashed with rebels.

Indonesian leader refuses to quit
JAKARTA, Indonesia — President Abdurrahman Wahid will not quit despite a looming threat of impeachment, a spokesman said yesterday, stressing "resignation is out of the question."
Mr. Wahid, 61, has come under intense pressure to depart since the legislature on Monday censured him over corruption charges.
The legislators also accused him of mismanaging the crisis-ridden country, which is wracked by economic problems and escalating communal violence and separatism.

Tories punish member in racial spat
LONDON — Britains opposition Conservatives disciplined a second member of Parliament in as many days yesterday over remarks about race, hoping to put the damaging episode behind them before an election campaign begins.
The incident has divided, embarrassed and preoccupied the Tories and led to widespread criticism of party leader William Hague ahead of a general election expected next month.
Party officials said they demanded and received an apology yesterday from Member of Parliament Laurence Robertson for his comments supporting the inflammatory remarks of another Tory, John Townend, on race.
Mr. Townend had been the first to be disciplined, Monday, for his remarks over the past month in which he said immigrants had undermined Britains "homogenous Anglo-Saxon society" and that Britons were in danger of becoming a "mongrel" race.



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