- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Waldheim to remain banned from U.S.

The United States "remains justified" in barring former Austrian President Kurt Waldheim from entering the country because of his wartime past, the State Department said yesterday.

U.S. law prohibits admission of anyone who participated in World War II persecution. Mr. Waldheim, 82, has been barred since April 1987, following an investigation into his activities as a lieutenant in a German unit associated with wartime atrocities.

Mr. Waldheim came up briefly in a conversation Secretary of State Colin L. Powell had Monday with Austrian Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner, but the U.S. position did not change.


Ukraine names new prime minister

KIEV — President Leonid Kuchma said yesterday he will name the head of an influential Ukrainian business lobby, Anatoly Kinakh, as the country´s new prime minister.

The nomination could lead to a new clash between Mr. Kuchma and the Communist-dominated Parliament, which must approve the appointment. Last month, the legislature ousted reformist Prime Minister Viktor Yushchenko.


Clinton, Mitchell join Irish fund-raiser

DUBLIN — Former President Bill Clinton joined his one-time Belfast envoy, former Sen. George Mitchell, at a fund-raiser yesterday for a Northern Ireland charity.

The Clinton-Mitchell pulling power both respected in Ireland because they brought U.S. influence to bear on Northern Ireland peacemaking helped fill St. Patrick´s Hall at Dublin Castle with people willing to pay $11,000 per table.

"Don´t give it up. Hold on," Mr. Clinton urged Northern Ireland´s Catholics and Protestants when he addressed the crystal-chandeliered ballroom shortly after midnight.


Mother Teresa moves toward sainthood

CALCUTTA — An inquiry to gather evidence for declaring Mother Teresa a saint will be completed within three months, an archbishop said yesterday.

The Rev. Henry D´Souza, the archbishop of Calcutta, said he would preside over the closing session of the inquiry on Aug. 15.

After receiving all the evidence, the Vatican normally takes two or three years to decide on canonization, Archbishop D´Souza said. "But for Mother Teresa, the Vatican may take less time."

Mother Teresa, who was hailed during her decades in the slums of India as a "living saint," died in 1997 in Calcutta at age 87.


Holocaust payments to begin soon

HANOVER, Germany — German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said yesterday that surviving Nazi-era slave laborers would receive compensation "very soon" now that industry leaders had ended their resistance to payouts.

Mr. Schroeder said he welcomed the long-awaited backing for the start of payments from the $4.5 billion fund by leaders of Germany´s biggest companies, who said yesterday they now felt confident they would be shielded from future lawsuits.


Thatcher faults Blair policies

LONDON — Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher faulted Tony Blair for not being enough like her.

"Well, he hasn´t wholly carried on the Thatcher tradition," the former prime minister said in an interview published in the Daily Mail newspaper.

"They´ve had the wit to learn that their basic policies were wrong — no other word for it, plain wrong. But they are now reversing some of our policies by stealth," she said.

Mrs. Thatcher, 75, led the Conservative Party to election victories in 1979, 1983 and 1987.


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