- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 16, 2002

Home to bury father, Jamaican woman slain

KINGSTON, Jamaica A woman who returned home from Britain to bury her murdered father was shot dead, police said Sunday.

Serena Davis became the 250th murder victim this year in the Caribbean nation of 2.7 million people, which is struggling with endemic crime. Miss Davis, 22, who had lived in Britain for the past five years, returned to the island last Tuesday to help with the burial of her father, Eric, who was shot and killed by gunmen at his workplace April 2.

Two snowboarders killed in Canada

KANANASKIS, Alberta Two snowboarders, ages 17 and 22, died near a Canadian Rocky Mountain resort on Sunday, police said.

The two, both Canadian, were killed when they were caught in an avalanche in the back country of Fortress Mountain resort in Kananaskis, about 60 miles southwest of Calgary.

Don Cohn of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said two groups of snowboarders were caught in the avalanche, which struck about a mile outside the resort's boundaries. All were in their teens and early 20s.

Pakistani officials plan Guantanamo visit

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Pakistani officials are heading to Cuba soon to meet with Pakistani prisoners held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, officials said yesterday.

The delegation will look into conditions at Camp X-ray, the temporary jail where captives from the U.S.-led war against terrorism are held, and it will explore the possibility of transferring Pakistani prisoners to jails back home, Interior Ministry spokesman Abdur Rasheed Khan said.

Argentine movie wins prize for crime films

COGNAC, France Argentine filmmaker Fabian Bielinsky won the top award at an international crime-film festival here Sunday with his dynamic and colorful film "Nueve Reinas" ("Nine Queens").

The film tells the story of Juan and Marcos, two small-time crooks in Buenos Aires, who have 24 hours to steal a set of rare stamps called the "Nine Queens" for a Venezuelan philatelist.

Weekly notes

The highest-ranking female politician in Mexican history has been sworn in as head of her country's largest leftist party. During a ceremony at the Revolution Monument in Mexico City on Sunday, former Mayor Rosario Robles promised to reunite the third-ranking Democratic Revolutionary Party and win over even her harshest critics. Roseana Sarney, main hope of Brazilian conservatives in October presidential elections, is pulling out of the race to run for the Senate instead. Speaking from her home in the northeastern state of Maranhao, Mrs. Sarney of the center-right Liberal Front Party said over the weekend she was pulling out because of "a virtual operation of war set up to annihilate my candidacy." Her popularity plummeted after police raided a company she owned with her husband and seized $570,000 in cash and documents that could link the firm to a major financial scandal.

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