- The Washington Times - Monday, April 1, 2002

Adams demands plan for united Ireland
DUBLIN Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams called on the Irish government yesterday to draw up proposals for a united Ireland as republicans commemorated the 1916 Easter Rising against British rule.
In a speech at Dublin's Glasnevin Cemetery, where a number of prominent Irish republicans are buried, Mr. Adams said the reluctance of the political establishment in the republic to pursue a united Ireland had been a "block to unity."
"Ireland is moving inexorably towards Irish unity," he told hundreds of Sinn Fein supporters who had marched to the cemetery from the General Post Office, the building seized by rebels at the start of the uprising on Easter Monday, 1916.

Euthanasia now legal in Netherlands
AMSTERDAM Euthanasia becomes legal today in the Netherlands, the first country to permit mercy killing for the hopelessly ill who are desperate to die.
The Dutch parliament sparked worldwide controversy last year when it voted to legalize a practice the Netherlands had tolerated for two decades.
But though opponents drew fearful parallels with Nazi Germany, Dutch doctors did not win a license to kill. They must obey strict rules or be liable for prosecution.
Patients must face a future of unbearable, interminable suffering being "weary of life" is not enough and they must make a voluntary, well-considered request to die.

Muslim nations seek to improve image
KUALA LUMPUR On the eve of an international conference aimed at dispelling perceptions that Islam encourages terrorism, sources said yesterday the mission would be difficult.
Foreign ministers and representatives from the 57-member Organization of Islamic Conference are starting the three-day meeting today at a luxury hotel on the outskirts of the Malaysian capital.
Conference participants said yesterday a declaration on terrorism, expected to be issued at the end of the meeting, would be a tough sell both inside and outside the Arab world.
"The best way to improve the image of Islam is for Muslims themselves to set a correct example of what Islam is about," said Islamic writer Fahmi Howeidi, an Egyptian whose centrist views have earned him wide respect in the Islamic world.

Estonian judge injured in shooting
TALLINN, Estonia An Estonian judge well-known for trying mafia cases was shot and seriously wounded yesterday in a car park in the country's capital, police said.
They said Judge Merle Parts was shot in the neck by a small-caliber firearm and her injuries were serious but not life-threatening. Police have detained a 28-year-old man, whom they identified only as Eero, in connection with the attack. No charges have been filed.
Judge Parts was known for overseeing cases against organized crime groups.
"However, on the basis of current information, it seems the motive for shooting was a personal thing and not connected to the underworld," said police spokesman Indrek Raudjalg.

Afghans make plans for 'loya jirga'
KABUL, Afghanistan Organizers yesterday set aside hundreds of council seats for women, refugees and academics at the 1,500-member "loya jirga," or national grand council, that will convene in June to establish Afghanistan's new government.
"We hope the loya jirga will be the symbol of national unity," said the chairman of the organizing commission, Ismail Qasimyar. But the seat allocation, a break from an Afghan past dominated by Muslim clergy, drew an immediate rebuke from a prominent Kabul cleric, who called it a "humiliation."
Mr. Qasimyar also said Afghanistan's former king, Mohammad Zaher Shah, whose homecoming had been postponed because of security concerns, would return from his long exile on April 16.

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