- The Washington Times - Monday, May 21, 2001

Genocide suspect seized in Tanzania
ARUSHA, Tanzania — A Rwandan accused of helping to orchestrate the 1994 genocide of more than half a million people in Rwanda was arrested in northern Tanzania, immigration authorities said yesterday.
The suspect, Simeon Nchamihigo, had been working as a defense investigator for the war crimes tribunal under a Congolese passport and the name Sammy Bahati Weza, regional police Cmdr. Alfred Tibaigana said.
Mr. Nchamihigo was arrested Saturday night on suspicion of "immigration irregularities."

French group buys MP3.com
PARIS — French group Vivendi Universal said yesterday it had acquired MP3.com, a California-based online music-sharing site, for around $372 million, or $5 per share, in a cash-and-stock deal.
The move expands Vivendis presence in online music distribution, with the French group apparently confident the sector has a bright future beyond its current consolidation and legal travails.
"MP3.com will be a great asset to Vivendi Universal in meeting our goal of becoming the leading online music service provider," Vivendi Chairman Jean-Marie Messier said in a statement released in Paris and in San Diego, where MP3.com is based.

Prince declines U.S. invitation
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz is steering clear of a visit to the United States "for the moment," against the backdrop of mounting Palestinian deaths, an official Saudi source said yesterday.
Diplomats said the crown prince, who is in charge of the day-to-day business of government and travels abroad in place of the ailing King Fahd, was making a protest against Washingtons support for Israel.
The official source acknowledged that Saudi Arabia was "unhappy with the absence of a serious American role to halt Israels savage aggressions against the Palestinians."

Chadian elections attract strong turnout
NDJAMENA, Chad — Chadians turned out in large numbers yesterday to vote in the impoverished nations second-ever multiparty presidential elections, one that will determine who manages the millions of dollars in oil revenue Chad will begin reaping in 2003.
President Idriss Deby, 49, a French-trained former army officer who seized power in a December 1990 coup, is seeking election to his second five-year term. He won the countrys first multiparty presidential election in June 1996 in a runoff widely described as flawed.

Reformists to win in Zagreb polls
ZAGREB, Croatia — Croatias pro-Western ruling coalition looked set to win the capital, Zagreb, in local polls yesterday, and early incomplete results showed the nationalist HDZ was likely to lose power in most of its strongholds.
With 45 percent of the votes for Zagreb counted by 10 p.m., Prime Minister Ivica Racans Social Democrats (SDP) were first with 27.2 percent, followed by the nationalist bloc led by the HDZ (Croatian Democratic Union) with 19.9 percent and the Peoples Party, a coalition member, with 18 percent.

Candidates attack in only debate
LIMA, Peru — In the only scheduled debate before Perus presidential runoff vote next month, front-runner Alejandro Toledo focused on former President Alan Garcias disastrous term in office and Mr. Garcia accused Mr. Toledo of using cocaine.
The televised exchange Saturday night offered Peruvians a chance to see how Mr. Toledo, widely viewed as erratic and prone to contradict himself, measured up against Mr. Garcia, who is considered one of Latin Americas great orators but whose 1985-1990 term ended with the country in economic ruin.
Opinion polls show deep dissatisfaction with both candidates: More than 30 percent of the countrys nearly 15 million voters say they plan to cast spoiled or blank ballots as a protest in the June 3 runoff election.


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