- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 30, 2002

16,000 attend rite for 4 killed in error

EDMONTON, Alberta About 16,000 people, including Canada's prime minister and the U.S. Army chief of staff, attended a memorial Sunday for the four Canadian soldiers killed by a mistaken U.S. bombing in Afghanistan.

The memorial was broadcast live nationwide from Edmonton's Skyreach Center. Eight Canadian soldiers also were wounded when an American F-16 pilot on a night patrol apparently mistook the Canadians for enemy forces.

U.S. officials have said the pilot thought he was acting in self-defense when he dropped a 500-pound bomb on them April 17. The Canadians were conducting a live-fire training exercise.

Global warming imperils Arctic ice boundaries

MONTREAL Global warming is slowly melting Arctic ice, a development raising concern in Ottawa as it threatens Canada's sovereignty claims over water in the Arctic archipelago.

Rising temperatures may open a new international sea route in 20 to 40 years that would permit navigation between the Atlantic and Pacific, say Canadian environmental experts.

The route would cut to 9,900 miles the distance between London and Tokyo now 13,000 miles via the Suez Canal or 14,300 miles through Panama.

Argentine peso firm as banks reopen

BUENOS AIRES Argentina's peso held firm against the dollar yesterday as banks and foreign exchanges reopened after a weeklong shutdown and as a new economy minister was taking charge.

A flare-up of Argentina's economic crisis threatened to unseat President Eduardo Duhalde's government in recent days, but Mr. Duhalde won support for his economic rescue plans.

Reports indicated the peso was holding steady at close to 3.10 to the dollar. Until a sharp January devaluation, it had traded one-for-one with the dollar for 11 years.

Forest loss threatens biggest bird of prey

PANAMA CITY With talons three times more powerful than a Rottweiler's jaws, the harpy eagle is still too weak to survive deforestation, making it one of Latin America's most threatened birds of prey.

Fearful it will soon become extinct, the U.S.-based World Center for Birds of Prey has set up a center in Panama to breed harpy eagles in captivity and later release them into the wild.

Near extinction, the harpy eagle, with a wingspan of about 7 feet, is the animal kingdom's largest bird of prey.

Weekly notes

Interpol announced in Bogota it will add this week the photos of 14 leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia to a watch list featured on its Web site (https://www.interpol.int/). "Data with photographs and fingerprints is going to be updated on a permanent basis," Interpol chief in Bogota Col. Rodrigo Gonzalez told reporters Sunday. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Sunday he is ready to hold a referendum on whether he should stay in power. He also replaced his vice president on Sunday.

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