- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 5, 2001

Coup leader wins seat in Fiji vote
SUVA, Fiji — Coup leader George Speight won a seat in Fiji's election today, having run for parliament from an island prison where he is awaiting trial for treason.
"We are very happy, this is what we have been waiting for, praying for, fasting for," said Sala Robanakadavu, an executive member of Mr. Speight's Conservative Alliance party.
The architect of Fiji's race-based coup in 2000 only hours earlier had appeared in a court in the capital Suva on minor charges related coup, which toppled Fiji's first ethnic Indian prime minister, Mahendra Chaudhry, in the name of indigenous Fijian rights.
Mr. Chaudhry also has won a seat and his Labor Party took an early lead in the polls.

Serbian help sought on war crimes suspect
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia — The chief U.N. war crimes prosecutor, Carla Del Ponte, said yesterday Serbia had agreed to help arrest and hand over most-wanted war crimes suspect Gen. Ratko Mladic, a former Bosnian Serb military chief now in Serbian territory.
"We have spoken [to the authorities in Belgrade] about the fugitive Mladic given that, according to our information, he is here," Mrs. Del Ponte told reporters before leaving the Serbian capital for Bosnia.
"We need help to find him, arrest him and transfer him to The Hague," she said. Asked by a reporter whether Belgrade would help capture Gen. Mladic, she said: "Yes, it will cooperate."

Rural poor stage protests across Brazil
BRASILIA, Brazil — Thousands of poor rural workers held protests across Brazil yesterday demanding the government deliver land and funding that the workers said they had been promised.
Starting at the presidential palace, about 1,000 protesters from the radical Landless Movement, or MST, marched past government buildings in Brasilia, while members of the group held similar peaceful protests in 23 Brazilian states.
The group has set up makeshift camps on the large government esplanade in Brasilia, where they will remain for 40 days to press their protests, said Joao Paulo Rodrigues, an MST leader in Brasilia.

British explorer sets Everest balloon flight
LONDON — A British explorer is due this week to set off for a solo flight over the top of Mount Everest in a hot-air balloon, defying subzero temperatures.
David Hempleman-Adams will leave Britain today for Tibet, from where his balloon is due to lift off at the end of the month.
Mr. Hempleman-Adams, who last year flew to the North Pole by balloon, told a news conference he first got the idea of flying over Everest when he climbed the world's highest peak eight years ago.

Drug suspect seized in Albanian port
TIRANA, Albania — Albanian and Italian police acting in a joint operation captured the purported head of an international drug trafficking network, an Albanian prosecutor's office said yesterday.
The detained man was named as Daut Kadriovski, 52, an ethnic Albanian from the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia.
The Tirana prosecutor's office said he was captured on Sunday in the Albanian port city of Durres. He is suspected of directing a network that took drugs to western Europe via Turkey, Macedonia and Italy.

Honduras to forge first Cuba link
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Honduras will open an interests section in Cuba next week, an attempt to re-establish relations between the two countries that broke off 40 years ago, the foreign secretary said yesterday.
"The opening of the Cuba office is undoubtedly a step toward re-establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries," Foreign Secretary Roberto Flores said.
The office will open Sept. 15 and will be headed by Reyieri David Amador, a career diplomat who has worked in the Honduran embassies in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, Mr. Flores said.

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