- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 19, 2002

2nd woman to head British spy agency
LONDON A counter-terrorism expert was named Friday as the head of Britain's MI5 spy service, only the second woman to hold the job.
Home Secretary David Blunkett announced that Eliza Manningham-Buller would take over as director general of the Security Service, also known as MI5, in October.
Mrs. Manningham-Buller, 53, once ran a unit fighting Irish Republican Army terrorism and worked in Washington as a senior liaison with the CIA during the Persian Gulf war. She was among a group of British intelligence officers who flew to Washington the day after the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Stella Rimington, who headed MI5 from 1992 to 1996, was the first woman to head the organization and was the model for actress Judi Dench's female spymaster M in the recent James Bond films.

German animals to get rights
BERLIN Germany's parliament voted Friday to give animals constitutional rights, a step unprecedented in Europe that had animal lovers cheering but some groups questioning politicians' priorities.
More than 540 members of parliament voted in favor of an amendment to the country's 53-year-old constitution to include the protection of animals. Just 19 politicians opposed the change, while 15 abstained.
Green party politicians, who campaigned for the change for a decade, said existing laws had not done enough to protect animals.

Speech that triggered revolution for sale
LONDON King Louis XVI's handwritten copy of the speech that triggered the French revolution in 1789 will go on public sale in England next month, auctioneers said Thursday.
The 3-page speech, put on sale by a private collector, will go under the hammer in Swindon, western England, on June 26. The manuscript is expected to fetch at least $354,000.
The king, who was executed in 1793, wrote the speech when he was facing intense pressure to reform the monarchy and feudal aristocracy.

Weekly notes
It may seem like fashion gone mad, but this summer there could be a new food craze in Britain: purple carrots. These carrots are not unnatural. In fact, it was their hue before the Dutch decided to cultivate them in their national color, orange, in the 1720s. Dutch scientists say the purple carrots which are orange on the inside afford extra protection against some forms of cancer and heart disease. A recent study concluded they contain pigments that act as antioxidants. Carrots also come in white and black varieties, and a food company plans to develop a "rainbow bunch" during the next year.


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