- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 11, 2002

TV Globo reporter slain in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO An award-winning reporter for Brazil's TV Globo was killed while investigating drug use and sex at dance parties in Rio's poor neighborhoods, the network announced, pledging to continue his work.

Tim Lopes, 51, disappeared early this month while reporting with a hidden camera in the Vila Cruzeiro neighborhood on the parties, which are popular with poor teens. Residents had complained the parties were organized by drug traffickers.

Mr. Lopes, a Globo reporter since 1996, won Brazil's prestigious Esso prize for television reporting last year for a report on drug trafficking.

Authorities yesterday recovered Mr. Lopes' remains .

Canadian pig farm sifted for remains

VANCOUVER, British Columbia Comparing their exhaustive search to the work of crews sifting through the wreckage of the World Trade Center towers, investigators combing a pig farm for clues in the disappearance of 50 missing Vancouver women have begun excavating the site.

The Port Coquitlam pig farm, owned by brothers Robert and David Pickton, looks more like an archeological dig than a crime scene, the Toronto Globe and Mail newspaper reports.

Peru cocaine gang run mostly by women

LIMA, Peru Police have announced the seizure of 1.5 tons of cocaine worth about $20 million and the arrest of 22 members of a mostly female gang.

The cocaine, which was on its way to Mexico and from there presumably to the United States was seized in the north-central department of Ancash, a spokesman for the anti-drug police announced.

Suspect arrested in cleric's assassination

BOGOTA, Colombia Police have arrested a man they say is the hired assassin who gunned down Roman Catholic Archbishop Isaias Duarte, 63, as he left a wedding March 17.

John Fredy Jimenez was arrested over the weekend by police in Cali, where Archbishop Duarte was shot and killed, said Azucena Lievano, the National Police spokeswoman here in the capital. At least three other men believed to have been involved in the slaying have been arrested.

Drug gangs are believed to have arranged the archbishop's killing because he denounced the use of drug money to finance candidates in legislative elections, police said.

Weekly notes

Former President Jimmy Carter accepted Venezuela's invitation to mediate talks between the Caracas government and opposition, which aim to restore stability after a failed coup, said the country's vice president. "Ex-President Jimmy Carter told me that he has instructed his office to touch base with Venezuela and organize his visit," Jose Vicente Rangel told Venpres, the state news agency. Pope John Paul II received departing Colombian President Andres Pastrana yesterday, engaging in 10 minutes of conversation in Spanish with the politician. The 82-year-old pontiff, who suffers from severe arthritis and Parkinson's disease, remained seated during the meeting.

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