- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 16, 2001

Mexicans enjoy Cancun as tourists stay home
CANCUN, Mexico From palm-fringed beaches to mountain Indian villages, Mexico's vacation spots are reeling from a drop in tourists since terrorist attacks in the United States last month made the world think twice about flying.
Few places have felt the slowdown more than Cancun. Once a year-round beach party, one of America's favorite playgrounds is now a quiet town, its streets filled with Mexican families enjoying rock-bottom prices at near-empty resorts.
Walking back from a hotel pool loaded with toys while his two sons trailed behind him, Miguel Angel Espinoza, on vacation from the central city of Puebla, said he was lured back to Cancun for the first time in a decade by a package deal that offered airfare and a hotel room at half price.

Canada introduces tough anti-terror laws
OTTAWA The Canadian government yesterday introduced legislation that would give police sweeping new powers and impose tougher sentences on terrorists.
The bill was introduced by Justice Minister Anne McLellan and was to be rushed through the legislative process.
The bill seeks "to amend the criminal code, the Official Secrets Act, the Canada Evidence Act, the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) Act and other acts, and to enact measures respecting the registration of charities, in order to combat terrorism."

Remarriage law gains in Chile
SANTIAGO, Chile As he wrapped up his performance at a campaign rally, the comedian had just one request for senatorial hopeful Enrique Krauss: "Please, sir, work for a divorce law so I can get married."
The comedian, "El Indio," is separated from his first wife, but can't remarry because conservative Catholic Chile is one of the few countries in the world that bans divorce.
The candidate, according to the daily La Segunda, made no promises. However, the issue finally may be coming up for a Senate vote. After 12 failed attempts, the lower house of Congress passed the bill in 1997, but it languished there for four years until last week, when a Senate committee took it up.
The government, which supports the bill, has proposed several changes in an attempt to make it more acceptable to the senators.

Weekly notes
The suspects in the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States should be tried before a world court, Mexican President Vicente Fox said in Madrid yesterday. The leader of Washington's neighbor and close ally told Spanish radio he would put this proposal to a session of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum in Shanghai this weekend. Militiamen of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) said Sunday they killed two congressmen this month for reputed links to Marxist rebels and warned the AUC had more legislators in its sights. The AUC Internet site (https://www.colombialibre. org) said militiamen were responsible for killing Luis Alfredo Colmenares and Octavio Sarmiento, both of the opposition Liberal Party.

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