- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 28, 2002

U.S. airman found guilty of rape in Okinawa
NAHA, Japan A Japanese court convicted a U.S. airman today of raping a Japanese woman and sentenced him to 32 months, concluding a case that deepened resentment toward American troops stationed in Okinawa.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy Woodland, 25, went on trial last September after being charged with raping the woman in her 20s in a parking lot outside a popular Okinawa nightclub on June 29.
The airman pleaded not guilty to the charges, saying that he had consensual sex with the woman. His hometown and the name of the woman have not been released.

White ex-ruler stripped of Zimbabwe citizenship
HARARE, Zimbabwe The nation's last white ruler, former Prime Minister Ian Smith, yesterday said the Robert Mugabe government has stripped him of his Zimbabwean citizenship and passport.
Mr. Smith, 83, the leader of Rhodesia, as Zimbabwe was known before independence in 1980, said authorities in Harare refused to renew his Zimbabwean passport, leaving him stateless.

Protestant extremist held in '89 killing
BELFAST A special police team arrested a Protestant militant yesterday on suspicion of involvement in one of Northern Ireland's most controversial unsolved murders.
William "Mo" Courtney, 39, was being questioned about the 1989 slaying of Patrick Finucane, a Catholic lawyer who had specialized in the defense of Irish Republican Army suspects.
A gunman burst into the Mr. Finucane's north Belfast home and shot him several times in front of his wife and children.

Ex-prime minister, others win Russian TV license
MOSCOW A Russian commission awarded a TV license yesterday to an unusual alliance of political heavyweights and journalists seeking to preserve an independent voice on the country's increasingly state-dominated airwaves.
The license became available after Russia's only major nongovernment broadcaster, TV6, was forced off the air in a complicated legal battle with a minority shareholder that had ties to the government.
A nine-member federal commission voted to give the TV license to a team including former Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov.

Dry-dock flooding kills 13 in Dubai
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates Dubai authorities said at least 13 workers were killed and 23 missing and feared dead yesterday after a gate collapsed at a dry dock, flooding one of the world's biggest ship-repair facilities within minutes.
A shipping source said as many as 50 persons, mostly Indians and Filipinos, may have died.
The rising death toll made the 9 a.m. accident one of the worst ever in the emirate, a regional trade and tourism hub in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates.

Venezuela denies claim on Colombian rebel base
CARACAS, Venezuela Venezuela formally protested to Colombia yesterday over what it called a "malicious" Colombian army report that left-wing guerrillas were operating from a base in Venezuelan territory.
The diplomatic protest note, which was delivered to the Colombian Embassy in Caracas, rejected claims made last week by a Colombian army general who said Marxist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia rebels had crossed from Venezuela to attack Colombian troops.

Americans warned of Easter threat in Italy
ROME American citizens could be targeted by extremist groups in four Italian cities on Easter Sunday, the U.S. government warned yesterday.
The State Department said a "possible threat exists to U.S. citizens in the cities of Venice, Florence, Milan and Verona on Easter Sunday from extremist groups."
The announcement did not identify the groups or elaborate on the nature of the threats.

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