- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 24, 2001

Mugabe troop leader seriously stricken
HARARE, Zimbabwe — The leader of the shock troops of President Robert Mugabes regime, Chenjerai Hitler Hunzvi, was seriously ill in a hospital yesterday suffering from cerebral malaria.
The chairman of the Zimbabwean War Veterans Association and the prime mover behind the violent occupation of white-owned farms, Mr. Hunzvi was being guarded by a group of men in paramilitary uniform. He was rushed to Bulawayo Central Hospital after suddenly collapsing on Monday.
Accompanied by three bodyguards, the presidents most feared henchman was given his own room in a private ward and diagnosed as suffering from malaria.

Talibann's Hindu branding assailed by U.N. groups

PARIS — Human rights groups, the United Nations and governments around the globe yesterday blasted an order by Afghanistans ruling Taliban militia forcing Hindus to wear yellow stickers to differentiate themselves from the Muslim majority.
"Similar practices in the past — from Nazi Germany in the 1930s to Rwanda in the early 1990s — have led to the most horrible crimes," the U.N. High Commission on Human Rights and UNESCO, the U.N. cultural agency, said in a joint statement.
"[The decree] harks back to the darkest periods of human history," the U.N. bodies said, urging the Taliban to "urgently reconsider their position."

Muslim rebels hit Philippine resort

DAVAO, Philippines — Suspected Muslim rebels armed with grenade launchers tried to storm a southern beach resort but were repulsed by guards in a clash that killed two beach workers and wounded three, police said yesterday.
At least eight attackers commandeered a passing motorboat to flee after the failed assault late Tuesday on the Pearl Farms resort on Samal Island in Davao del Norte province, police said.
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo expressed concern about the attacks possible effect on tourism and has ordered police to search for the assailants, a presidential spokesman said.

Hong Kong chief criticizes Falun Gong

HONG KONG — Hong Kongs chief executive warned yesterday that the Falun Gong is a sect that has harmed mainland China and "may do damage here," fueling concerns the territory is about to outlaw the meditation group.
Critics have warned that any clampdown on Falun Gong could threaten mainstream religions guaranteed the right to worship under Western-style laws left in place after Britain returned Hong Kong to China in 1997.
But Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa told reporters that was not a concern.

2 key Brazilians probed on vote

BRASILIA, Brazil — A Brazilian Congress committee voted yesterday to start proceedings to expel two senators — one of them a former Senate head — for illegally tampering with a secret electronic voting system.
The decision, which paves the way for a full investigation and Senate-wide final vote, could eventually lead to the impeachment of Sens. Antonio Carlos Magalhaes and Jose Arruda.

Iraq criticizes oil-sale proposal

BAGHDAD — Iraq will not sell any oil through the U.N. oil-for-food program if the United Nations adopts a British proposal meant to ease U.N. trade sanctions, a state-run newspaper yesterday quoted Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz as saying.
The proposed plan, already rejected by President Saddam Hussein, is "a big lie," Mr. Aziz was quoted as saying.


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