- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 24, 2002

Afghan king's return delayed again
KABUL, Afghanistan After months of preparation and high hopes, the return of Afghanistan's former king to his homeland was postponed yesterday for at least a few more weeks because of security concerns.
Mohammed Zahir Shah was due to return to Kabul on Tuesday for the first time since his 1973 ouster. But the Italian government said the time wasn't right.
The former king is scheduled to convene a traditional assembly in June to select a government in Afghanistan.

Labor lawmakers seek to challenge Blair
LONDON Lawmakers in Britain's ruling Labor Party are planning to challenge Prime Minister Tony Blair's leadership to protest his governing style and his support for possible U.S. action against Iraq, a legislator said yesterday.
Labor liberal Jeremy Corbyn said lawmakers had discussed fielding a candidate to challenge Mr. Blair for the party leadership. Although it was unlikely that such a plot would succeed, it would reflect growing unrest within the party.
If Mr. Blair lost a challenge to his party leadership, tradition suggests that he would step down as prime minister.
More than 130 lawmakers have signed a House of Commons motion against military action in Iraq.

Sandal creator William Scholl dies
LONDON William Scholl, who made foot care fashionable during the 1960s and 70s with a contoured wooden sandal designed to exercise the muscles, has died at age 81.
Mr. Scholl died March 15 from a rare form of pneumonia at a hospice in Douglas on the Isle of Man, an island off the northwest coast of England, his wife, Susan, said.
Mr. Scholl's "Original Exercise Sandal" known as Dr. Scholl's, the name of his family's foot care company was worn for nearly two decades by millions of women worldwide.
A Briton and an orthopedic specialist, Mr. Scholl brought a simple wooden sandal from Germany to the United States in the late 1950s, carved it to fit the foot, added a leather strap across the toes and sold it with the slogan, "Looking good and doing you good."

Brazilian farmers invade Cardoso family farm
BRASILIA, Brazil Hundreds of peasants with Brazil's Landless Workers Movement yesterday invaded a farm owned by President Fernando Henrique Cardoso's family, seeking land, credit and agrarian reform.
Calling it an act of terrorism, the government ordered army troops to assist federal police at the site, Corrego da Ponte farm in Minas Gerais state.
One of Brazil's most radical and vocal groups, the movement advocates the occupation of unused farmland for poor rural workers in this country of 170 million people, where a handful of rich own the vast majority of arable land.

U.S. diplomats' kin leaving Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan U.S. Embassy dependents and nonessential staff were packing to leave Pakistan yesterday after Washington ordered their departure in the wake of an attack on a church near the embassy.
The attack killed five persons, including two Americans.
The State Department cited a continued threat to Americans in the first mandatory departure of embassy staff since the September 11 attacks, and said the start of the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan had heightened security risks.
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell informed Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf by telephone of the decision to scale down staff.

Man vandalizes London corpse show
LONDON A protester yesterday vandalized a London art exhibition featuring dozens of flayed human corpses, condemning the gallery for staging a "freak show."
Martin Wynness, who described himself as a horrified parent, poured paint on the floor and threw a blanket over an exhibit featuring a baby in a womb.
The "Body Worlds" show at the Atlantis Gallery is the brainchild of German self-styled professor Gunther von Hagens.
It features about 30 corpses that have been flayed and then displayed in a variety of bizarre poses that have left some critics distinctly unimpressed.


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