- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 9, 2001

Brazilians wary of U.S. in space program
BRASILIA, Brazil — Worried that the United States wants to control Brazil's space program, nationalists in Brazil's Congress are ready to call off a deal to let U.S. companies use the nation's coveted Alcantara launch site.
In a report to the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee, Congressman Waldir Pires said the U.S.-Brazil Technology Safeguard Agreement should be rejected because of its "contempt for national sovereignty."

Militants resume seizing white-owned farms
HARARE, Zimbabwe — Militants who backed Zimbabwe's land-seizure drive invaded a white-owned farm yesterday and burned workers' homes in the first major incident reported since President Robert Mugabe agreed to end the scheme.
A spokesman for the mainly white Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) said more than 150 militants armed with logs and axes had attacked a farm in Beatrice, 31 miles south of Harare, the capital. Police said they would investigate.

President apologizes for abuses in Aceh
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — Indonesia's president apologized yesterday for the government's past mistakes in restive Aceh province, and she urged residents to welcome new laws granting the region its own legal system and a greater share of oil income.
President Megawati Sukarnoputri's apology prompted cheers and applause from several thousand people gathered outside the ornate Baiturrahman Mosque in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, during her first visit since becoming president on July 23.

Japan vows to seek stronger U.S. ties
TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi promised yesterday to strengthen Japan's alliance with the United States as he marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of a historic peace treaty between the former foes.
"The Japan-U.S. alliance has become more important than ever, not only for the two countries but also for the Asia-Pacific region and the entire world," Mr. Koizumi told a group gathered in Tokyo to commemorate the 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty, which officially ended World War II hostilities between the United States and Japan.

Europeans mull sending own troops to Balkans
GENVAL, Belgium — The European Union, worried that a security vacuum will develop in Macedonia after NATO's 4,500-member brigade pulls out later this month, began deliberations yesterday on sending its own force to protect civilian observers.
Troubles in Macedonia and the Middle East topped the agenda of an informal EU foreign ministers meeting over the weekend in the Belgian village of Genval, south of Brussels.

56 killed in Vietnam floods
HANOI — Flooding in Vietnam's southern Mekong Delta has left 230,000 people in need of emergency food aid and killed 56 persons, most of them children who were left alone while their parents were tending fields, officials said yesterday.
The government said that 105,000 homes have been inundated since late August, when heavy rains started the flooding. Forty-seven of the deaths were children.

China detains another American
BEIJING — China has been holding a 66-year-old American engineer for the past 18 months on suspicion that he bribed officials for secret documents, an attorney for his family said yesterday.
News of Fong Fuming's detention comes six weeks before President Bush plans to make his first visit to China since taking office. Mr. Fong, an electrical engineer from West Orange, N.J., is among a series of Americans detained in China on vague security charges.


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