- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 27, 2002

Zimbabwe's Mugabe installs 'war Cabinet'
HARARE, Zimbabwe Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe swore in a reshuffled "war Cabinet" to defend his policies yesterday, and a senior minister rejected criticism of the country's land reforms as "racist madness."
The state-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corp. said Mr. Mugabe told reporters his team would fight opposition from abroad as well as the country's economic problems.
The government has ordered about 2,900 out of 4,500 white farmers to surrender their land to blacks. Most of the farms are being given to family and colleagues of Mr. Mugabe.

Iran denies link to al Qaeda in Iraq
TEHRAN Iran denied yesterday that it had links with a militant Islamist group in Kurdish-run northern Iraq, accused by Washington of harboring Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network, the official IRNA news agency said.
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's eldest son, Oday, said last week that Iran was behind the Jund al-Islam militant group and rejected Washington's assertions that it had links with al Qaeda, blamed by the United States for the September 11 attacks.

Saudis round up al Qaeda admirers
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia Al Qaeda sympathizers have been arrested in Saudi Arabia. They include 11 Saudis accused of plotting to shoot down a U.S. military plane, but none is linked directly to the terror network, a senior official said.
"No direct link has been established so far between any of the Saudis we detained following the September 11 attacks and al Qaeda network," Prince Ahmed, undersecretary of the interior, was quoted as saying yesterday.

Swedish pilot finds control tower empty
STOCKHOLM The pilot of a passenger flight tried to land at an airport in a southern Swedish town but found no one at the control tower to give him clearance.
It turned out that the controller had not returned from vacation, and no one had noticed that the tower was not staffed.
The Scandinavian Airlines System's flight carrying 30 passengers circled while authorities called in another controller.

Pakistan's Sharif wants to return
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Exiled former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif filed nomination papers yesterday to run for parliament in his stronghold of Lahore, defying President Pervez Musharraf's ban on his return.
Mr. Sharif's attorney, Rashid Makhdoomi, said he submitted the forms to the Election Commission of Pakistan.

Chile outraged at dead-dog art
SANTIAGO, Chile A Chilean art exhibition featuring dead dogs picked off the highway has stirred debate in this conservative South American nation, particularly over the use of government funds to promote the event.
The painter and sculptort, Antonio Becerra, collected corpses of dogs that had been hit by cars.
He then embalmed the mutilated cadavers and painted on their bodies.
Animal lovers and politicians are outraged by the "Oils on Dogs" exhibition, funded by a $7,800 government grant.

Canada's conservatives keep Liberals in power
OTTAWA Canada's two main conservative opposition parties have spurned another chance to join forces, making it unlikely they will be able to mount a united challenge to the beleaguered Liberal Party government anytime soon.
Members of the Conservative Party opposition overwhelmingly rejected the idea of uniting with the Canadian Alliance during a weekend convention in Edmonton.

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