- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 16, 2002

Ethiopians said to seize Somalian border town

MOGADISHU, Somalia Several hundred uniformed Ethiopian troops attacked a Somalian border town yesterday, prompting many residents to flee with what they could carry in donkey carts and wheelbarrows, witnesses told Agence France-Presse.

The Ethiopian forces, who used armored vehicles and were supported by Somalian militia, captured Bulo Hawo, a few miles south of Ethiopia's border, after shelling the town, said witnesses who did not want to be identified.

'ATT' appears poised to win Mali election

BAMAKO, Mali Former military ruler Amadou Toumani Toure looked set yesterday to become Mali's new president, according to partial ballot results three days after the presidential election.

Interior Ministry figures showed Mr. Toure, 53, had won 68.35 percent of the votes counted, against 31.65 percent for rival Soumaila Cisse of the ruling Alliance for Democracy in Mali (ADEMA) party.

Political sources agreed that the votes that remained to be counted, from the northern Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal districts, would not change the outcome.

S. Africa may free jailed Afrikaners

CAPE TOWN, South Africa The government is talking to former white supremacist leaders about the possible release of white militants jailed for activities in defense of apartheid, a senior minister said yesterday.

Political sources said the talks could include the release of Clive Derby-Lewis and Janus Walus, who killed Communist Party leader Chris Hani in April 1993. Mr. Hani was seen as a possible heir to liberation leader Nelson Mandela, and his murder nearly plunged the nation into civil war.

Thousands in Kenya cheated in job scam

NAIROBI, Kenya A Pakistani-British businessman is at the heart of "one of the greatest hoaxes" in the history of this country a job scam that affected more than 10,000 people and netted millions of dollars according to a lawmaker and documents surveyed yesterday by Agence France-Presse.

"Not a single one of them has been employed, and now the figure could be 12,000 or 13,000," said Norman Nyagah, an opposition member of parliament. Kenya's Labor Ministry named Mohammed Ali Pasha as the man at the center of the scam.

Weekly notes

Life returned almost to normal yesterday in Monrovia, Liberia's capital, despite reports by rebel Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) that they were closing in on the city to capture President Charles Taylor. Fighting in Arthington, Mr. Taylor's hometown 10 miles from the capital, caused panic on Monday, but things were normal yesterday. Former Rwandan army officer Leonidas Rusatira, accused of genocide by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, was arrested yesterday in Brussels, a Belgian judicial official said. He was jailed pending extradition to Arusha, Tanzania, for trial.

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