- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 15, 2002

Former rebels lag in Sierra Leone vote
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone Sierra Leonean President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah was leading with former rebels lagging far behind in the first results counted from presidential elections held yesterday after more than a decade of war in the West African country.
With results from eight polling stations, accounting for more than 4,800 of more than 2.3 million registered voters, Mr. Kabbah had about 56 percent of the votes. He needs more than 55 percent to avoid a second-round runoff.
Comfortably in second place was Ernest Koroma of the All People's Congress, who had about 28 percent. Former rebels of the Revolutionary United Front lost badly to Mr. Koroma in the first results from their northern stronghold of Makeni.

Karzai threatens force against warlord
KABUL Afghan leader Hamid Karzai yesterday said a large military force was poised to capture renegade warlord Padshah Khan Zadran if he did not surrender by the time an ultimatum to give himself up expires today.
Mr. Karzai said he still hoped the issue could be resolved peacefully, but if necessary U.S. forces in Afghanistan would be asked to help seize Mr. Zadran, who was fired as governor of eastern Paktia province in February.

Video of Pearl death shown to court
HYDERABAD, Pakistan Four Islamic militants accused of kidnapping and murdering Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl appeared unmoved as a graphic videotape of his death was shown in court yesterday, said defense lawyers who challenged the tape as a "fake."
The three-minute video which includes footage of Mr. Pearl with his throat cut was replayed in court three times, but the defendants were "calm" and "emotionless," said defense attorney Rai Bashir. Prosecutors refused to comment on the reaction within the courtroom.

Veterinarian ends life over 'mad cow' error
TOKYO A veterinarian who failed to diagnose Japan's latest case of "mad cow" disease has committed suicide, health officials said yesterday.
The unidentified woman was found dead in her apartment Sunday morning, a day after the cow tested positive at a university and rekindled worries about tainted beef.
The Health Ministry confirmed Monday that it was Japan's first case of mad cow disease since last autumn.

Burmese charged in American's killing
BANGKOK A Burmese laborer and three accomplices have been arrested and charged in the killing of an American gibbon sanctuary owner and four Thais in northwest Thailand, the Bangkok Post newspaper reported Monday.
Police said Maung Htwe, 19, who worked at the private Gibbon Conservation Project Center in Phop Phra in Tak province for three years until he was fired three months ago, confessed to killing William Deter, 72, last Friday.
The Burmese man shot Mr. Deter when the owner caught him trying to steal several firearms from the center, police said.

Jordanian woman gets divorce under new law
AMMAN, Jordan A Jordanian court has granted a woman a divorce under a new law, making her the first wife to divorce her husband in this Islamic nation, a court official said yesterday.
Only men could divorce their wives until the law was amended in January.
The woman had filed for the divorce under the new law on the grounds that she hated her husband and they could not live together. Her request was granted by the Islamic court last week.


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