- The Washington Times - Friday, September 28, 2001

Pope returns to Vatican

ROME Pope John Paul II yesterday wrapped up a tour of Kazakhstan and Armenia during which he urged the United States to show "magnanimity" toward weaker nations as it weighed a response to this month's terrorist attacks.

The fallout from the attacks on New York and Washington dominated the pope's visits to the former Soviet republics of Armenia and Kazakhstan, a region riven by tensions between Christians and Muslims.

Earlier in the day, the pope's entourage said his call on Tuesday for "magnanimity on the part of the strongest" was directed at U.S. policy-makers.

Yesterday, the pope described the 1915 pogroms of Armenians by Turks as "genocide," the first time he used the symbolically charged word since arriving in Armenia.

Bosnian Muslim pleads not guilty

THE HAGUE Sefer Halilovic, the highest ranking Bosnian Muslim to face trial at the U.N. war crimes court, pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges of failing to prevent the killings of Bosnian Croats in 1993.

The former commander of the Bosnian Muslim-led army, who was serving as minister for refugees and social affairs in Bosnia's Muslim-Croat federation until surrendering to the court Tuesday, is charged with violating the laws and customs of war.

The 49-year-old is accused of failing to prevent the killings of more than 60 Bosnian Croat civilians in two villages during a Bosnian Muslim offensive against Croat forces near Mostar in southern Bosnia in September 1993.

German train crash injures 82

LINDAU, Germany Two passenger trains collided in southern Germany yesterday morning, injuring 82 persons, nine of them seriously, German police said.

No fatalities were reported among the approximately 150 people aboard, including several children ages 10 to 15, when the trains collided around 7:30 a.m. near Lindau, on Lake Constance on the border with Switzerland.

Some passengers had to be cut free from the wreckage by firemen. German and Swiss helicopters flew the most seriously injured to hospitals.

Namibia wants DDT to end malaria

WINDHOEK, Namibia Following a 70 percent rise in deaths from malaria, the Namibian health ministry has asked parliament for an additional $2 million to fight the disease, an official said yesterday.

Petrina Usiku, the manager of the ministry's malaria program, said it would begin a three-month drive Monday to spray DDT and other anti-malarial agents over almost half of the southern African country.

Namibia said 608 deaths from malaria were reported within the first six months of this year, compared with 358 deaths during the same period last year, for an increase of 70 percent. Figures also showed a 32 percent increase in reported cases of malaria.

Human rights in Haiti deteriorate

LONDON Respect for human rights in Haiti is deteriorating, Amnesty International said yesterday in a report published to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the coup that overthrew the government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

The human rights watchdog cited many positive developments including the disbanding of the army, the creation of a civilian police force and an initial increase in freedom of expression.

But London-based Amnesty said political pressures on the judiciary and the police were again on the rise, and that some progress had been undone since Mr. Aristide was returned to power in last year's election.

The Haitian government rejected Amnesty's claim that the human rights situation had deteriorated.

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