- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 20, 2002

Shooting spree leaves four dead in Germany
FREISING, Germany A young German who recently lost his job shot and killed two former bosses yesterday, then took a taxi to his old high school and killed the principal and himself as hundreds of students ran for cover.
The man, believed to be 22, wore army camouflage and carried two pistols and two pipe bombs as he apparently settled old scores. None of the more than 400 students was injured.
The chief state law enforcement official, Guenter Beckstein, said the shooting spree clearly involved personal grudges.

British criticize Bush's greenhouse gas plan
LONDON The British government yesterday criticized President Bush's plan to tackle global warming and said Britain remains committed to the Kyoto Protocol.
Several developed nations have slammed Mr. Bush's rejection of Kyoto and his alternative but from Britain, often America's staunchest ally, criticism is rare.
Mr. Bush released proposals last week for a voluntary scheme to curb greenhouse-effect gases.

Queen praises bonds of anti-terror effort
KINGSTON, Jamaica The September 11 terror attacks show the importance of global ties, Queen Elizabeth II said yesterday in an address to Jamaica's Parliament where many want to throw out remnants of the island's colonial ties to Britain.
The queen did not directly address the question of Britain's relations with its former Caribbean colony, where Queen Elizabeth remains the titular head of state.
"The terrible events of September 11 last year reminded us with tragic forcefulness that we do not exist simply as individual countries or even as large international political alliances," she said.

Belarus leader denies illegal arms trade
MINSK, Belarus Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko yesterday denied accusations by the opposition and reports in the news media that his country was involved in arms smuggling in breach of U.N. sanctions. "Belarus has never breached international norms and the laws of arms trading," Mr. Lukashenko was quoted by the media as saying, one day before a State Department delegation was scheduled to visit.

U.N. dismisses 3 cops in Bosnia over war roles
SARAJEVO The U.N. mission in Bosnia said yesterday it had sacked three Bosnian Serbian policemen after discovering they worked in wartime detention camps cited in the indictment accusing Slobodan Milosevic of genocide.
The move brings to 20 the number of mainly Serbian but also Bosnian Croatian and Muslim policemen dismissed by the United Nations over the past four years for their involvement in the 1992-95 war, spokesman Stefo Lehman said at a news conference.
He said it was conducted in cooperation with the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague.

Priests plead for food in southern Africa
LILONGWE, Malawi Catholic priests in the southern African nation of Malawi issued a plea for food aid yesterday saying people are dying from hunger after the poor corn harvest last year.
Throughout southern Africa, the 2001 corn harvest the region's staple crop was down a quarter from the previous year because of bad weather, the Rome-based U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said yesterday. Worst-hit were Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia, the agency said.

Cyprus talks end without progress
NICOSIA, Cyprus The leaders of war-divided Cyprus ended the first phase of renewed reunification talks yesterday without any sign of a breakthrough.
President Glafcos Clerides, the Greek Cypriot leader, and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash agreed to resume their U.N.-sponsored talks March 1.
The prolonged Cypriot issue has taken on a new urgency ahead of the expected entry of Cyprus to the European Union by the end of 2003 and warnings by Turkey that it will annex the island's Turkish-occupied north if this happens before a settlement is reached.


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