- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 3, 2001

Macedonia Slavs riot, target Albanians
SKOPJE, Macedonia — Rioters outraged by the slaying of Macedonian soldiers in an ambush by ethnic Albanian rebels killed one person and destroyed dozens of shops in a fresh round of violence, police said yesterday.
Masked assailants armed with automatic weapons and baseball bats broke into an ethnic Albanian pizzeria late Tuesday in a suburb of Skopje, the capital, and shot and killed a man identified as Ismet Hoxha, police said.
The rioting began early Tuesday, hours after a funeral was held for eight government commandos slain in a rebel ambush last week near the border with Kosovo.

McGuinness admits IRA role
BELFAST — Breaking a paramilitary code of secrecy, a minister in Northern Irelands government admitted publicly for the first time yesterday that he was once a senior IRA commander.
Martin McGuinness, chief negotiator of the Irish Republican Armys political wing, Sinn Fein, said he had been the organizations second in command in Londonderry at the time of the so-called "Bloody Sunday" shootings 30 years ago.
Fourteen civilians died after British soldiers opened fire on a civil rights rally in Londonderry, in the northwest of the province, on Jan. 30, 1972.

Bottled water called waste of money
GENEVA — Drinkers of expensive bottled mineral water may be simply pouring their money down the drain as tap water in most developed countries is likely to be just as good, according to a study issued yesterday.
Conservationist group WWF International, which commissioned the report, said consumers of bottled water would not only benefit their wallets by turning on the tap when they wanted a drink, they would also help the environment.
The group estimated that some 1.5 million tons of plastic was used every year by the bottled water industry.

Mail bomb injures American doctor
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — A mail bomb blew up in the face of an American doctor in Saudi Arabia yesterday, seriously wounding him, and the U.S. Embassy isued a warning to Americans in the country to take extra precautions for their safety.
Saudi state television said the unnamed American was injured in his face, hands and left knee by the bomb.

Peru judge accused of bias
LIMA, Peru — The defense lawyer for Lori Berenson sought yesterday to have the judge in charge of her civilian retrial on terrorist charges removed, charging he was biased and had links with Perus fugitive former spy chief.
Attorney Jose Sandoval told a hearing that the court president, Judge Marcos Ibazeta, had been quoted in newspaper reports in June 1999 as opposing moves to overturn Miss Berensons 1996 conviction and life imprisonment as a leader of the outlawed Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement.

Rwandan denies war crime charge
BRUSSELS — A former Rwandan government minister being tried on charges related to the 1994 massacre of 5,000 people in Rwanda denied yesterday that he had ordered a Tutsi family of eight killed to get a lake view from his villa.
Alphonse Higaniro is on trial in Belgium along with three other Rwandans accused of helping Hutu radicals kill ethnic Tutsis and Hutu moderates.
Mr. Higaniro, 52, transport minister under President Juvenal Habyarimana, whose death in a plane crash set off the genocide in April 1994, is believed to have ordered the killing.


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