- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 14, 2002

Fox's party ahead in 2nd Juarez vote

MEXICO CITY Mexico's largest border city, Ciudad Juarez, repeated a mayoral vote after election officials revoked an earlier victory by the candidate from President Vicente Fox's party, citing irregularities.

With 90 percent of ballots counted late Sunday, Jesus Alfredo Delgado of Mr. Fox's National Action Party (PAN) had a slight lead over Roberto Barraza of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

Officials said the vote was peaceful but turnout was low in the city of 1.5 million across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas.

The challenge offered a test of whether the PRI could regain ground after Mr. Fox's 2000 presidential victory ended the PRI's 71-year grip on power.


G-8 justice officials rethink terror threat

MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec Meeting for the first time since the September 11 attacks against the United States led governments to rethink security, justice officials from the world's richest countries are meeting at an off-season Quebec ski resort for talks on countering a global terrorist threat.

The discussions, ending today, prepare the ground for a June Group of Eight summit among host nation Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States.

"We need to increase our cooperation, and we need to have a much better exchange of information," Canadian Justice Minister Martin Cauchon told reporters. He said the meeting would focus on risks from chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, ways to choke off funds to terrorist groups, and ties between such groups and organized crime.


Some Argentines go to school hungry

BERAZATEGUI, Argentina Joel Medina's refrigerator has stood empty for so long that he has unplugged it to save on electricity. Food is so scarce that his teen-age son Hernan sometimes goes to school unfed and has fallen a year behind in his classes.

At Hernan's school and others in working-class Berazategui, just south of Buenos Aires, teachers report that poor pupils are fainting from hunger or vomiting when given cocoa and bread on Mondays after a weekend with no food.

In one of the world's biggest producers of wheat, beef and soybeans, where the soil is so fertile people boast you can spit on the ground and a flower will grow, the belief has always been that although poverty existed, nobody went hungry.

But teachers, parents and children in Berazategui will tell you that as a four-year recession drags on and a banking crisis drains all cash off the streets, the children of the growing ranks of unemployed are going hungry.


Weekly notes

A government-funded Mexican human rights group plans to step up efforts to seek pardons or new sentences for 52 Mexicans on death row in the United States. Mexico's autonomous National Human Rights Commission has sought pardons on behalf of Mexicans sentenced to die in the United States, and it works with Mexico's foreign relations office to ensure Mexican citizens on death row get legal advice. Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso yesterday endorsed a proposal before Congress to legalize same-sex unions. Mr. Cardoso appealed to Congress to approve the bill as part of a human rights program started yesterday that seeks to guarantee the rights of homosexuals, transsexuals, women, minorities, the disabled and the poor in Latin America's largest country.


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