- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 22, 2001

Falun Gong protesters expelled from China
BEIJING China swiftly expelled 35 Westerners, including six Americans, who had demonstrated against the government's crushing of the Falun Gong spiritual movement, the official Xinhua News Agency said yesterday.
The Westerners had all left China by last night, Xinhua said. They had protested Tuesday by sitting cross-legged, chanting and displaying a banner on Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Police quickly took them away.
Xinhua said the protesters were treated with "humanitarian concern" contradicting Falun Gong claims that some were slapped and kicked. It was the first Falun Gong demonstration on Tiananmen Square to involve Westerners exclusively.

Free housing offered to Israeli settlers
JERUSALEM Israelis are being offered free housing in an isolated part of the West Bank where settlers have been leaving because of danger from the Palestinian uprising and an economic slump, a municipal official said yesterday.
The newcomers will not be charged rent or municipal taxes, said a spokeswoman for the Jordan Valley Regional Council.
About 4,000 Israelis live in 18 settlements in the Jordan Valley, where four Israelis have been killed in shooting attacks. More than 50 families have left since the outbreak of fighting in September 2000.

Swiss foreign minister calls for engagement
BERNE, Switzerland Switzerland's quaint, isolationist image has to go, especially in a world changed by the September 11 suicide attacks, the country's foreign minister said yesterday.
Joseph Deiss said he wanted to sell a more modern Swiss image to the outside world, and to sell a greater role in the outside world to a doubting Swiss population.
Though Switzerland hosts one of two U.N. headquarters, it is not even a U.N. member. The government is trying to persuade the public to vote yes in a March 3 referendum for Switzerland to become a full U.N. member state.

Argentina's Menem declares candidacy
BUENOS AIRES Ex-President Carlos Menem officially announced late yesterday he will run for president in 2003. It was his first full day of freedom since he was ordered under house arrest in July in connection with an arms-smuggling scandal.
"I'm coming home to launch my candidacy for the nation's presidency in 2003," said Mr. Menem, 71, speaking from La Rioja province, his birthplace.
He lost little time during his 20-minute speech, criticizing President Fernando de la Rua, whom he hopes to succeed.

Afghan, Kurdish refugees clash in France
PARIS Riot police used tear gas to break up clashes between Afghan and Kurdish refugees that left 29 persons injured at an overcrowded Red Cross center near the entrance to the Channel Tunnel, officials said yesterday.
According to the Red Cross in Paris, a quarrel started Tuesday when an Afghan touched a water faucet with his lips, upsetting the Kurds.
By the afternoon, some 300 refugees from both communities, armed with metal bars used to support tents, were exchanging blows inside the camp.
Two of the injured suffered serious knife wounds, a Red Cross official in Paris said.

Tiny DNA computer boasts high accuracy
LONDON Israeli scientists have built a DNA computer so tiny that a trillion of them could fit in a test tube and perform a billion operations per second with 99.8 percent accuracy.
Instead of using figures and formulas to solve a problem, the microscopic computer's input, output and software are made up of DNA molecules which store and process encoded information in living organisms.
Scientists see such DNA computers as future competitors to their more conventional cousins.


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