- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 2, 2001

Taiwan's foreign minister to speak at Harvard
BOSTON — Taiwanese Foreign Minister Tien Hung-mao arrives here early next week to deliver a speech at Harvard University on Taiwan's foreign policy goals.
Mr. Tien's visit seemed certain to anger China, which considers Taiwan a rebel province and an integral part of its territory.
Officials at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, Taiwan's de facto embassy in Washington, said Mr. Tien would be in Boston between Sept. 5 and 7. He is due to give his lecture on Sept. 6.

Pakistan censors Newsweek for article
KARACHI, Pakistan — Pakistani authorities have censored a controversial article on blasphemy in the latest issue of Newsweek magazine, officials and agents said yesterday.
The Pakistan Information Ministry's Press Information Department (PID) yesterday issued a letter to customs authorities, asking them to delete an article on blasphemy, a PID official said.
Pakistan's tough blasphemy laws prescribe capital punishment for those defiling the Prophet Mohammed.

Bombs hit McDonald's and GM in Mexico
MEXICO CITY — Homemade bombs exploded early yesterday outside two US-owned businesses here, causing slight damage, authorities said.
A barely known group, identifying itself the Jose Maria Morelos Combatant Guerrilla Group, called a radio station and took responsibility for the blasts outside a General Motors dealership and a McDonald's restaurant here, police said.
The blasts coincide with a World Trade Organization meeting here and the first scheduled State of the Union address by Mexican President Vicente Fox.

Khatami attacks Iran's hard-liners
TEHRAN — President Mohammed Khatami denounced hard-liners yesterday for intensifying their campaign against his reform program, saying their admiration for "Taliban-style Islam" was unacceptable, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
Mr. Khatami, whose comments came during a rare news conference with Iran's domestic media, also deplored the recent arrest of a prominent film director and fielded questions on topics ranging from Iranian relations with the United States to the recent increase in public floggings.
"We don't want Taliban-style Islam or security. We are the ones setting an example to the world," he said.

Gunmen assassinate Colombian investigator
BOGOTA, Colombia — Gunmen on a motorcycle assassinated a government prosecutor investigating one of Colombia's bloodiest paramilitary massacres in years. A U.S. human rights group said yesterday that two of her colleagues are missing and feared dead.
Yolanda Paternina, 50, was shot twice as she was returning home from work Wednesday in the city of Sincelejo, 330 miles northwest of the capital, Bogota, according to police.
Two investigators working with Ms. Paternina on the case disappeared in June and are feared dead, said Robin Kirk of Human Rights Watch.
The three were probing reports of state complicity in a massacre in which dozens of paramilitary gunmen hacked to death 26 persons in the northern village of Chengue after accusing them of collaborating with leftist guerrillas.

China's prime minister visiting Europe
BEIJING — China's Prime Minister Zhu Rongji will try to drum up opposition to the U.S. missile defense system, boost trade and strengthen relations during his upcoming visit to Europe, analysts said yesterday.
Mr. Zhu is scheduled to visit Ireland, Belgium and Russia as well as the former Soviet central Asian state of Kazakhstan on a multipurpose tour from Sept. 2 to 7.

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