- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 20, 2002

American butter arrives in Cuba

HAVANA The first brand-name American food sold directly to Cuba in more than four decades arrived on the island Sunday.

The 132-ton shipment of butter, margarine and cereals was the first half of a $750,000 order Cuba placed with Marsh Supermarkets Inc. of Indianapolis for its Marsh brand products. The second half of the order is expected to arrive later this month.

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With the shipment, Cuba has purchased about 770,000 tons of American food, worth about $125 million, since the communist government started taking advantage of a U.S. law easing the 40-year-old American trade embargo to allow direct food sales.

Thai court approves extradition to U.S.

BANGKOK A Thai court granted a U.S. request yesterday for the extradition of a child pornography suspect on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list for producing and distributing explicit photos and videos from Thailand.

Judge Sanchai Limtaibool of the Bangkok Criminal Court said "there was enough evidence" to allow the extradition of Eric Franklin Rosser, 50.

Mr. Rosser is a native of Syracuse, N.Y., who also has lived in Bloomington, Ind. Mr. Rosser was indicted in Indianapolis in March 2000 for producing and distributing child pornography.

Pope says farewell to beloved Poland

KRAKOW, Poland Pope John Paul II bade an emotional farewell to his beloved Poland yesterday, knowing that old age and illness might stop him from seeing his native land again.

"I hate to go," were the final words the ailing 82-year-old pope uttered to the adoring crowd gathered for his poignant departure after a four-day trip.

The weary pontiff slowly climbed the aircraft steps and waved farewell, ending a visit that took the former Cardinal Karol Wojtyla back to his past.

Mexican artist leads anti-McDonald's protest

MEXICO CITY Mexico's most famous living artist, Francisco Toledo, is leading a campaign to prevent the opening of a McDonald's restaurant in the main square of Oaxaca, a colonial city famous for its superb food.

Mr. Toledo and other protesters made their culinary and political point in the picturesque square Sunday, serving up traditional corn tamales to residents and tourists while collecting signatures for a petition against McDonald's.

Nigerian court approves adulterer execution

FUNTUA, Nigeria An Islamic high court in northern Nigeria rejected an appeal yesterday by a single mother sentenced to be stoned to death for having sex out of wedlock.

Clutching her baby daughter, Amina Lawal burst into tears as the judge delivered the ruling.

N. Korea leader to visit Russia

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia North Korea's Stalinist leader, Kim Jong-il, is expected to arrive in Russia's far-eastern Primorye region today, local administration sources said.

The reclusive Mr. Kim, traveling by armored train, is expected to tour local air force and navy factories and could meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in the port of Vladivostok on Friday.

In Pyongyang, meanwhile, Japanese and North Korean officials ended a meeting claiming progress in resolving long-standing humanitarian disputes.

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