First synagogue since Nazi era
DRESDEN, Germany The first new synagogue to be built on the territory of the former East Germany since the Nazi era will be inaugurated in Dresden tomorrow.
Nov. 9 is the anniversary of the 1938 “Crystal Night” Nazi rampage that began the pogroms and saw the burning down of Dresden’s synagogue, built in 1840.
Action urged on bush meat
BRUSSELS Conservationist Richard Leakey urged the European Union yesterday to act urgently to stop the slaughter of endangered African gorillas and chimpanzees for human consumption.
“Very few people realize that chimpanzees and gorillas are eaten daily and that chimpanzee and gorilla meat is being exported to other countries as a delicacy,” said the paleoanthropologist and former Kenyan politician.
Such exports are banned under the CITES treaty that governs world trade in endangered species, yet diners can order bush meat in London, Paris and London.
Zimbabweans need food aid
HARARE, Zimbabwe More than 705,000 of Zimbabwe’s 12.5 million people need food aid as the nation’s grain reserves run low, according to a World Food Program (WFP) assessment received yesterday.
The assessment, conducted in October, estimates that 705,785 persons in districts around Zimbabwe could require 57,526 tons of food aid for six months.
The assessment said that food-aid programs must be in place before February if they are to benefit the affected regions.
Rallies mark 1917 revolution
MOSCOW Thousands of people nostalgic for the communist past marched through former Soviet cities displaying red flags, portraits and banners yesterday to celebrate the anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.
In Moscow, where since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 the Nov. 7 public holiday has honored “peace and accord,” dozens of communist groups rallied across the city to remember the insurrection that brought Vladimir Lenin to power.
Swiss forum moved to New York
BERNE, Switzerland The World Economic Forum (WEF) said yesterday it would move its annual meeting from a remote Alpine town to the heart of New York next year because it was easier to ensure security there, despite the September 11 attacks.
The forum also said the move “signals its members’ determination to tackle head-on the extraordinary challenges faced by the world after the attacks.”
The nonprofit group said it wanted to return to its roots in the exclusive Swiss ski resort of Davos by 2003.
“We are not turning our back on Davos,” said Andre Schneider, the WEF’s executive director. “The strongest message against terrorism is to hold the WEF in New York.