- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 24, 2001

Iraq accuses U.S. of anthrax cover-up
BAGHDAD Iraq accused the U.S. government yesterday of spreading the anthrax scare to transform its "defeat" in the Sept. 11 terror attacks into a victory in countering reported bioterrorism.
"It is a joke. All evidence and details prove that the United States is the source of the anthrax," said Ath-Thawra newspaper, which reflects the view of the ruling Ba'ath party.
"This anthrax has been prepared in American laboratories and the suspect packages which spread the scare have been sent from inside the United States, and this incriminates the American authorities," it said.
Ath-Thawra said the "American authorities do not wish to kill Americans, but are seeking to spread a scare around the world to reach their objectives."

200 killed as Nigeria retaliates for massacre
LAGOS, Nigeria Soldiers opened fire on villagers in central Nigeria and razed four communities, killing more than 200 people, witnesses said yesterday.
The massacre began Monday afternoon in Gbeji and spread to neighboring Vaase, Anyiin and Zaki-Bian near the place where the bodies of 19 soldiers were found hacked to death on Oct. 12, regional government officials said.
A local farmer said soldiers gathered men in the main market square of his village, then executed them.

U.N. to spell out Zimbabwe land deal
HARARE, Zimbabwe A U. N. technical development team is expected to arrive next week to decide the procedure for implementation of the Abuja land deal on Zimbabwe, Foreign Minister Stan Mudenge announced yesterday.
"The team which is going to put together the proposals is coming next week," he said at a news conference.
At a special Commonwealth meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, last month, Zimbabwe agreed to end illegal occupations of land and to take action to stop political violence in exchange for British financing of land reforms.
The decisions will be made by a team from the U.N. Development Program.

Dalai Lama plans address to Europe
STRASBOURG, France Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will deliver a rare address to a full session of the European Parliament here today, the only address on his current visit to Europe, the parliament presidency said yesterday.
The Dalai Lama, who for security concerns after the U.S. attacks shortened a trip that was to have included Paris, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Croatia, will be only the second religious leader to address the parliament plenary, an honor normally reserved for heads of state.
The first was the ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople (Istanbul), Bartholomew I, who addressed the parliament in April 1994.

War crimes court reverses convictions
THE HAGUE The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal overturned the convictions Tuesday of three Bosnian Croats who had been sentenced for one of the worst massacres of the Bosnian war, calling their trial "critically flawed."
The court also significantly reduced the sentences of two other Bosnian Croats who had been convicted of involvement in the 1993 massacres in Ahmici, where more than 100 Muslim civilians, including women and children, were slaughtered.
The judgment was a severe setback for chief prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, who was in Yugoslavia pressing the governments of Serbia and Montenegro to surrender more war crimes suspects in the Balkan wars.

Severe food shortage feared for Somalia
NEW YORK The United Nations warned yesterday of a severe food shortage in Somalia after seasonal rains failed to materialize in the northeast African nation. Kenzo Oshima, the U.N. emergency relief coordinator, was "deeply concerned about a rapidly worsening food crisis in Somalia," the world body said in a prepared statement.
An estimated 40,000 tons of food were urgently needed to feed some 300,000 people at risk of immediate starvation.

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