- The Washington Times - Friday, September 7, 2001

Europe condemns refugee rejections
STRASBOURG, France — The European Parliament last night condemned the failure of both Australia and Indonesia to come to the aid of 436 Afghan refugees stranded offshore aboard the Norwegian cargo vessel Tampa.
In a clear reference to Australia and Indonesia, the Parliament said it "deplores the fact that the nearby coastal states did not immediately act to resolve the problem" of the refugees.
The European Union body was "concerned by the growing number of refugees and displaced persons in the world, and by the growing tendency to resort to inhuman measures to drive them back."

Panama asks removal of chemical bombs
PANAMA CITY — Panama yesterday called on the United States to remove chemical bombs that the Central American nation says were dumped by the U.S. military on a jungle-covered Pacific island during World War II.
Panama Foreign Minister Jose Miguel Aleman said researchers found four live U.S. bombs filled with unspecified chemical agents on San Jose Island off Panama's Pacific coast.
The craggy, jungle-topped island, some 60 miles southeast of the capital Panama City, was used by the U.S. military for live-fire practice at the height of World War II.
"Three of the bombs are of 1,000 pounds … and one is of 500 pounds … all were armed with live detonators," Mr. Aleman told a news conference.

France asks Taliban to stop harassments
PARIS — France expressed its concern yesterday over attempts to hinder humanitarian aid agencies in Afghanistan, and called on the ruling Taliban militia to put a stop to them.
The spokesman for France's foreign ministry, Francois Rivasseau, was making his remarks in the context of the Taliban's detention of four Germans, two U.S. nationals and two Australians who work for the nongovernmental aid organization Shelter Now International.
The eight were arrested at the beginning of August and were due to be tried for "propagating Christianity."

Sudan cautious on U.S. envoy's mission
KHARTOUM, Sudan — The Sudanese government gave a cautious welcome yesterday to President Bush's naming of former Sen. John Danforth as special envoy to Sudan, saying that cooperating with him would depend on "his impartiality."
"The cooperation of the government with the American envoy will depend on the degree of his impartiality and that of the American administration," Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail was quoted by the official SUNA news agency as saying.
"It is premature to judge the chances of success of the American envoy as we are still in the process of studying and gathering information" on his mission, the minister added.

Fujimori charged with homicide
LIMA, Peru — Peruvian prosecutor Nelly Calderon has formally filed homicide charges against ex-President Alberto Fujimori, the first step toward seeking his extradition from Japan.
The complaint filed before the supreme court late Wednesday also charges the former president with kidnapping and inflicting serious injury, the prosecutor said in a statement.
Peru's Congress voted unanimously on Aug. 27 to charge Mr. Fujimori with homicide, inflicting serious injury and abduction for two massacres carried out by a 35-man paramilitary unit, all members of the armed forces known then as the Colina group.

Women's group banned in Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Ethiopia has banned a women's group that organized demonstrations to protest violence against women, a group member said yesterday.
The Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association was told by the Justice Ministry it had violated the "ethical directives governing civic organizations," said Meaza Ashenafie, the group's executive director.
The ministry informed the association on Monday of the suspension of its license, four days after the action was reported in Ethiopia's state-run media, the director said.


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