- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 27, 2002

Sudanese rivals set first-ever talks

KAMPALA, Uganda President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan is scheduled today to hold his first meeting with rebel leader John Garang, who has been fighting Khartoum regimes since 1983, in Kampala, a Sudanese diplomat said yesterday.

The meeting will be held in the Ugandan capital. It comes on the heels of significant progress announced a week ago in Kenya after talks intended to end one of Africa's longest civil wars.

A rebel statement said Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who held talks with Mr. al-Bashir yesterday, would join the meeting.

A protocol agreed upon in the Kenyan town of Machako gives southern Sudan a six-year period during which it will have administrative autonomy and not be subject to the Islamic law applied in the north.

Powell open to talks with Pyongyang aide

SIGONELLA, Italy Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said early today that he was open to meeting his North Korean counterpart Paek Nam-Sun when the two men attend the annual Southeast Asian regional forum next week in Brunei.

Mr. Powell said U.S. officials would be pursuing recent "very positive" statements from Pyongyang, including its unexpected offer yesterday to welcome a visit by a U.S. envoy.

"We welcome that; we'll be following up on it," he said.

Omagh bomb suspects targeted in civil lawsuit

BELFAST Families seeking justice for 29 persons slain in Northern Ireland's deadliest terror attack served lawsuit papers yesterday to five suspected senior Irish Republican Army dissidents in a landmark civil case.

Frustrated by the lack of criminal prosecutions, families of victims of the 1998 Omagh bombing decided to try to establish the suspects' culpability in civil court the first time Northern Ireland terror suspects have been sued.

Milosevic aide denies Kosovo expulsions

THE HAGUE The man who led Serbia's secret police during the Kosovo conflict denied yesterday that Yugoslav forces engaged in a plan to clear the province of ethnic Albanians during the 1998-1999 campaign.

Prosecutors at the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia accuse former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic of overseeing a Serbian "ethnic cleansing" campaign to clear Kosovo of its majority ethnic Albanians.

Rade Markovic denied that Serbian repression led waves of refugees to leave Kosovo. He concurred with his ex-boss' suggestion that they fled NATO bombing.

Russia closes books on Kursk sinking

MOSCOW Leaking torpedo propellant caused the explosion that sank the Kursk nuclear submarine nearly two years ago, killing its 118-man crew in what Russia's top prosecutor yesterday called a technical malfunction for which no one was to blame.

Closing the books on one of Russia's worst post-Soviet disasters, Prosecutor-General Vladimir Ustinov also defended the Kremlin's handling of the rescue efforts.

Mr. Ustinov, who reported his verdict to President Vladimir Putin yesterday, said all the sailors aboard died within eight hours after the Kursk sank in the Barents Sea on Aug. 12, 2000.

South African jailed for rape of baby

JOHANNESBURG A South African man was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for raping a 9-month-old baby, in an attack that outraged the country known for its high levels of violent crime.

South African radio said a High Court judge found David Potse, 23 at one time the boyfriend of the baby's mother guilty after police told the court DNA samples taken from the infant had matched Potse's own. The baby girl had to have reconstructive surgery.

Some 21,000 cases of child rape were reported to South African police last year. The attacks have been fueled by a myth that sex with a virgin will protect a man against AIDS or cure him of the disease.

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