- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 9, 2002

Fired Chinese workers fight with police
BEIJING Hundreds of workers occupied a Chinese toy factory in southern China after they were fired without pay, then fought with security guards sent to eject them, a labor group reported yesterday.
Ten workers were injured in the incident Sunday at the Shuihe Electronics factory in Dongguan, in the southern province of Guangdong, China Labor Watch said. At least one worker was arrested, the New York-based group said.
It said 1,500 workers were fired Saturday without their February and March wages. Most were from poor, inland provinces and couldn't afford to get home from Dongguan, on the coast near Hong Kong.

Serbs clash with NATO troops
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, Yugoslavia French NATO troops in Kosovo fired tear gas and stun grenades yesterday in an attempt to quell a riot by hundreds of Serbs who protested the arrest of a local leader.
The clash was the most serious incident in months in Kosovska Mitrovica, a troubled, ethnically divided town in northern Kosovo.
Marko Jaksic, a leader in the Mitrovica Serb community, said the rioting began when U.N. police arrested Slavoljub Jovic-Pagi, a leader of a hard-line group known as the "bridge guards."
The armed "guards" have in the past tried to prevent ethnic Albanians and Serbs from crossing a bridge that divides the city between the two rival ethnic communities.

Irish priests grapple with sex-abuse charges
DUBLIN Ireland's Roman Catholic bishops were holding crisis talks yesterday over the church's handling of cases of sexual abuse involving priests.
The meeting comes a week after the Bishop of Ferns, Brendan Comiskey, resigned after admitting he had not done enough to prevent sexual abuse by priests, particularly the Rev. Sean Fortune, who was facing 66 counts of molesting and raping teen-age boys when he committed suicide in 1999.
The bishops were expected to focus on whether the church will surrender to the government confidential records detailing when it learned of abuse cases and what actions it took.

Milosevic trial resumes after a break
THE HAGUE The war-crimes trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic resumed yesterday after a three-week interruption that set back the courtroom schedule.
Mr. Milosevic had fallen ill, leading to a two-week adjournment, followed by a one-week recess previously scheduled for the first week of April. A spokesman for the U.N. tribunal said Mr. Milosevic had fully recovered from the flu.
The judges ordered the hearing into closed session to protect the identity of the first witnesses, an action usually taken when subjects fear retribution for their testimony.

Report finds rise in anti-Semitism
JERUSALEM Anti-Semitic acts rose sharply worldwide after the September 11 terror attacks and jumped again after Israel began its offensive in the West Bank last month, according to a report published yesterday.
There were 228 violent acts committed against Jews or Jewish property in the world in 2001, 50 of them major attacks involving weapons, a Tel Aviv university team said in its annual report on worldwide anti-Semitism.
Avi Beker, secretary-general of the World Jewish Congress, said the report was outdated because it did not include the most recent attacks.
"These last 10 days have been the worst anti-Semitic days in the history of Europe since the end of World War II," he said.

U.S. warships set for return to Yemen
SAN'A, Yemen The United States and Yemen have reached a deal to allow U.S. warships to resume refueling in the Yemeni port where the USS Cole was attacked nearly 19 months ago, officials said yesterday.
Under the agreement, U.S. Marines will participate in security at the Aden port where 17 American sailors were killed and 37 wounded when a small boat, laden with explosives, was detonated beside the Cole in October 2000.

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