- The Washington Times - Friday, October 12, 2001

Sri Lanka chief calls new elections
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga dissolved parliament yesterday and ordered new elections after defections from her coalition left her vulnerable to a planned no-confidence vote.
The second elections in 14 months will be held Dec. 5, government spokesman Ariya Rubasinghe said.
The announcement came after nine lawmakers quit her coalition on Wednesday, reducing it to 111 seats fewer than half of the 225 in parliament. A Cabinet minister also resigned, the fourth in a month.

Former publisher convicted in Israel
JERUSALEM An Israeli court convicted a former newspaper publisher of breach of trust and intimidating a witness yesterday, but in a plea bargain dropped a charge that he tried to arrange the murder of a witness.
Ofer Nimrodi, whose family owns the Ma'ariv daily in partnership with Russian media tycoon Vladimir Gusinsky, had been held in prison for 15 months during the trial. His sentence is to be handed down within a few days.

Colombia rebels free captive Germans
BOGOTA, Colombia Colombian leftist guerrillas yesterday freed the last two of three German citizens whose kidnappings in July strained the country's fragile peace talks, the head of Colombia's armed forces said.
Ulrich Kuenzel and Reiner Bruchmann, who were kidnapped together with Mr. Kuenzel's brother, Thomas, were released by rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, said Gen. Fernando Tapias.
"They've already been released," Gen. Tapias told reporters.

Summit to review human trafficking
ABUJA, Nigeria Nigeria's Vice President Atiku Abubakar said yesterday that his country will host a summit on human trafficking next year and that a presidential task force will be set up "to ensure that the battle against the traffickers is won in no distant future."
Members of the task force are drawn from the federal ministry of women's affairs, justice, foreign ministry, health, police, immigration, customs service and other relevant nongovernmental organizations, he said.
"To demonstrate our seriousness, the federal government will host a summit on human trafficking next year," he said at the second anniversary of a foundation set up to fight trafficking in women and child labor.

Jamaican violence triggers call-up
KINGSTON, Jamaica The Jamaican military activated all reservists yesterday to help patrol troubled areas of Kingston after a new wave of politically driven gang violence in the capital.
The Jamaican Defense Force ordered about 900 reservists to report to military installations today.
Fighting among neighborhood gangs with clashing political loyalties has left more than 100 people dead this year in the capital.

Vojvodina restores prewar capital
NOVI SAD, Yugoslavia The parliament of Serbia's northern Vojvodina province yesterday decided to return the status of provincial capital to its main city, Novi Sad, a symbolic gesture unlikely to be welcomed in Belgrade.
The vote to change the Vojvodina statute came hours after an overwhelming majority in the assembly voted to remove Rada Marinkov, an official of Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica's party, as deputy head of the provincial government.
Leaders who back autonomy for the province had accused Mr. Marinkov of threatening those who want Vojvodina to win back powers stripped from the province in the late 1980s, when strongman Slobodan Milosevic ruled Serbia.

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