- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 15, 2002

11 Afrikaners face S. Africa treason trial
PRETORIA, South Africa Eleven white men three of them army officers faced terrorism and treason charges in the Pretoria Regional Court in connection with a suspected plot to topple the South African government.
A bail hearing was postponed until Aug. 21. Eight of the men were arrested Monday and Tuesday, and the other three were picked up in April. The police said that more arrests would follow.
Those arrested Monday and Tuesday included an army major, a lieutenant colonel and a colonel, police spokesman Ronnie Naidoo told reporters. All are Afrikaners. They will not be asked to plead until their trial opens.
Mr. Naidoo said the men were not linked to any political party or ideological group.

Obasanjo defies impeachment threat
ABUJA, Nigeria President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday angrily defied a threat in parliament to impeach him, but observers said his re-election hopes had been damaged.
The president's spokesman, Tunji Oseni, said Mr. Obasanjo would not stand down and accused the lower house of damaging Nigeria's fledgling democracy by accusing the president of incompetence and abuse of power.
Sources said the real significance of Tuesday's impeachment vote, which they said had a slim chance of succeeding, was its indication that Mr. Obasanjo is losing his grip on power after a series of political crises that have left him looking and politically out of touch.

Danforth to address Egypt's Sudan qualms
CAIRO U.S. envoy to Sudan John C. Danforth arrived in Egypt yesterday for a three-day visit and meetings with Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher and other officials.
He also will meet with Arab League Secretary-General Amr Mussa and southern Sudan representatives, according to Foreign Ministry sources. His visit comes amid reports Egypt is concerned about a pact between Khartoum and the southern rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army that Mr. Danforth helped broker.
The ministry said Mr. Maher will discuss the Machakos Protocol with Mr. Danforth "in the framework of Egypt's efforts to achieve stability and reconciliation in Sudan."

Weekly notes
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan began a 10-day private visit to his native Ghana yesterday, saying a "return to roots" helped him recharge and cope with job demands. Mr. Annan, who arrived in Accra late Tuesday with his wife, Nane, paid a courtesy call on President John Kufuor yesterday. A political party that backs former military ruler Robert Guei yesterday quit the Ivory Coast government formed last week in which it was given only one portfolio. Touakeuse Mabri, general secretary of the Union for Democracy and Peace in Ivory Coast, said the party was not consulted before the new government was formed Aug. 5. Nine Ethiopian athletes sought refuge in Germany this week while on a stopover after competing in Tunisia, officials said yesterday. "Right now, they are at Frankfurt airport," a source at the German Embassy in Addis Ababa told Agence France-Presse.

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