- The Washington Times - Monday, May 28, 2001

Millitary searches for captives

PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines — Gunmen believed to be Muslim rebels seized 20 persons, including two American missionaries, in a dawn raid on a tourist resort in the southern Philippines yesterday.

A third American and 17 Filipinos also were seized in the raid on Dos Palmas resort off Palawan island, 370 miles southwest of the capital, Manila, officials said.

After the attack, a motorboat thought to be carrying the gunmen and their hostages was spotted by military aircraft near the maritime border with Malaysia, to the southwest. The navy was ordered to blockade possible escape routes, said military spokesman Gen. Edilberto Adan.


More rioting hits British town

OLDHAM, England — Brick-throwing rioters battled police on the streets of the English town of Oldham early today in a second night of racially triggered violence between whites and Asians.

"It´s Asians and whites involved in the troubles generally. Bricks are being thrown at cars," said a spokeswoman for the police, who were using helicopters with searchlights to pinpoint the flashpoints.

Police said the rioting, which has injured 30 persons and led to at least 25 arrests, was sparked by a gang of white youths who threw bricks at a house belonging to a Bangladeshi family on Saturday.


Polls give lead to neither of Peru´s candidates

LIMA, Peru — Peru´s presidential election could be too close to call, according to a new opinion poll published yesterday, one week before the second-round runoff between centrist Alejandro Toledo and leftist Alan Garcia.

"Either could win" said El Comercio daily, which printed the survey by Peru´s most respected pollsters, Apoyo, as Peru headed for what could be an election photo-finish on June 3.

Apoyo said the gap in preferences had narrowed dramatically to three points 41 percent for Mr. Toledo, 38 percent for Mr. Garcia and 21 percent of ballot papers spoiled or left blank in a soap-opera election overshadowed by charges of sleaze.


U.S. sends food to Sudan´s hungry

KAMPALA, Uganda — The United States is to send emergency food aid to Sudan to help both the government-controlled north of the country as well as rebel-held south despite Washington´s tense relations with Khartoum, U.S. officials said yesterday.

Andrew Niatsos, the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) said the 40,000 tons of food for Sudan is aimed at meeting "emergency needs in both North and South." Mr. Niatsos is accompanying Secretary of State Colin Powell on his visit to Uganda.

Mr. Niatsos announced the decision to send the aid following a meeting with officials of humanitarian organizations working in Sudan, which is suffering severe food shortages as a result of a two-year-long drought.


Church expresses sorrow over massacre

WARSAW, Poland — Poland´s Roman Catholic Church expressed sorrow yesterday over the participation of Poles in a massacre of up to 1,600 Jews during World War II, hoping to improve its often strained relations with the Jewish community.

The 1941 massacre in the Polish town of Jedwabne gained widespread attention following publication of a book by emigre scholar Jan Gross, who wrote that Poles, not Nazi German invaders, had brutally murdered their Jewish neighbors.


Polls: Berlusconi allies lose in local elections

ROME — Mayoral candidates close to Italy´s conservative prime minister-elect Silvio Berlusconi were defeated by center-left candidates in yesterday´s local elections in Rome, Naples and Turin, according to projections from a polling institute.

The center-left candidate for Rome mayor, Walter Veltroni, would win 51.4 percent of the votes against 48.6 percent for former Berlusconi spokesman Antonio Tajani, according to exit polls conducted by the Abacus institute for the state-run Rai television network.


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