- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 5, 2002

FBI joins search for missing reporter
ISLAMABAD The FBI has joined the hunt for kidnapped U.S. reporter Daniel Pearl, Pakistan's interior minister said yesterday.
But a day after a false alarm that Mr. Pearl's body had been found dumped outside the southern city of Karachi, intelligence sources said investigators were still groping for clues to the Wall Street Journal reporter's whereabouts.
"Agents of the U.S. FBI have also been allowed to join the investigation," Interior Minister Moinuddin Haider told reporters in Karachi. "We have a number of clues on which we are working, and I am hopeful that Daniel Pearl will safely be recovered from the kidnappers."
Mr. Pearl, 38, was kidnapped in Karachi on Jan. 23, apparently by a previously unknown group called The National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty.

Zimbabwe opposition reports three killed
HARARE, Zimbabwe The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) yesterday accused the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) of killing three of its members and abducting four others ahead of elections on March 9 and 10.
MDC Secretary-General Welshman Ncube said in a statement that ZANU-PF had also tried to disrupt at least four MDC rallies over the weekend, assaulting opposition supporters in front of police.
"Over the past week, ZANU-PF has murdered three MDC activists," Mr. Ncube said, adding that the latest fatality was Tichaona Katsamudanga, who died yesterday after an attack last month.

Nigeria rioters on Lagos streets
LAGOS, Nigeria Security forces fought gunbattles with rioters yesterday as they tried to quell tribal clashes which have left dozens dead.
The fighting has dealt a new blow to Africa's most populous nation, already reeling from a police strike and munitions-dump fire, which caused at least 1,000 deaths.
Fighting erupted overnight on the outskirts of Lagos between Hausas from northern Nigeria some armed with bows and arrows and militia members from President Olusegun Obasanjo's Yoruba tribe in the southwest.
Police sources said some 20 people had died since Saturday.

Students cheer end of garrets
PARIS Romantics may be saddened by French government moves to outlaw the Parisian garret, long the home of struggling artists, but students who now occupy most of Paris' tiny attic rooms are unlikely to miss the cramped existence.
For centuries, artists seeking fame and fortune lived in the "chambre de bonne" (maid's room), with barely enough room for a mattress and table.
But new rules on the minimum size and living conditions in France's 170,000 attic dwellings came into effect last week, requiring landlords to dramatically improve space and facilities.

Judges implicate dozens in Elf scheme
PARIS French judges formally implicated 43 persons yesterday, including a presidential candidate, after an eight-year investigation into corruption at the state-owned oil giant Elf Aquitaine. The investigation has exposed the incestuous relations between French politicians and the country's business elite.
Judges Eva Joly and Renaud Van Ruymbeke concluded that the former company was bilked of as much as $400 million over four years beginning in 1993.

Cambodia election called unfair
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen's party won a landslide victory in Cambodia's first local elections, according to unofficial results yesterday. But a U.S.-monitoring group said the polls, while run competently, were neither free nor fair.
Unofficial but comprehensive results showed members of Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party winning control of up to 1,600 of the nation's 1,621 local councils in Sunday's elections.
George Folsom, president of the Washington, D.C.-based International Republican Institute, a wing of the U.S. Republican Party, said the elections were "administered competently" but claimed that the government actively thwarted measures to ensure fairness.

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