- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 4, 2002

Jamaican police nab drug suspects
KINGSTON, Jamaica Five persons suspected of being drug smugglers who were heading for Britain were nabbed at Jamaican airports just hours after new drug-detection machines were installed as part of a British-Jamaican crackdown, police said yesterday.
Three women were held at Kingston's Norman Manley airport on Sunday, and two men were arrested at the Sangster airport in the tourist center of Montego Bay as they tried to board flights to Britain.
Two new high-technology IonScan drug-detecting machines were installed at both airports last weekend by teams from the British government, which is collaborating with Jamaica to stem the flow of drugs from the Caribbean island into Britain.

Brazil delays retaliation for Canada jet subsidy
GENEVA Brazil postponed plans to retaliate against Canadian aircraft subsidies yesterday to allow more time for talks to end a six-year dispute.
Brazil had been planning to ask the World Trade Organization (WTO) yesterday for permission to block up to $3.36 billion of Canadian exports to the South American country. But both sides agreed to defer the issue until June 24.

Death toll soars in Colombia fighting
BOGOTA, Colombia At least 49 persons, including seven children, have been killed in violence involving Marxist guerrillas, paramilitary outlaws and soldiers in Colombia, authorities here said.
About 30 guerrillas and three soldiers have been killed in three days of fighting around the town of Doncello in the southern Colombian region of Caqueta, the army said Sunday.
The area was on the border of a Switzerland-sized safe haven for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. But the government sent troops back into the demilitarized zone in February after the failure of three years of peace talks to end a 38-year-old war that claims 3,500 lives a year.
Air force planes and helicopters attacked rebel positions in the latest fighting, in an attack against a group of about 1,000 FARC guerrillas, the army said.

Peruvians balk at copper-mine plan
TAMBOGRANDE, Peru Residents of the northern Peruvian valley of Tambogrande voted overwhelmingly to reject a planned $315 million copper and gold mine they say could ruin their agricultural livelihood.
Municipal officials said the "no" vote won 98.65 percent in a nonbinding local referendum Sunday on Canadian company Manhattan Minerals Corp.'s plans to exploit the mineral wealth of the valley on Peru's arid desert coast prized for its mangoes and limes.

Weekly notes
Venezuelan highway robbers stole the instruments and sound gear of Brazilian singer Caetano Veloso, giving him an unwelcome send-off at the end of his first tour to the oil-rich but crime-ridden South American country. Mr. Veloso, one of Brazil's best-known songwriters and performers, told reporters that the truck carrying his band's equipment was hijacked on the motorway between the capital, Caracas, and the city's Maiquetia airport on the nearby Caribbean coast. Tens of thousands of homosexuals, bisexuals, cross-dressers and transsexuals turned out Sunday in Sao Paulo for Brazil's annual Gay Pride Parade.



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