- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 28, 2002

Testimony sought from reporter's widow
HYDERABAD, Pakistan Prosecutors pressed yesterday for the pregnant widow of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl to testify as soon as possible against four Islamic radicals charged in his kidnapping and murder.
The court is expected to rule today on the request for a panel to travel to Europe to take a statement from Mariane Pearl, who is expected to deliver her first child around June 2.
Prosecutors have been trying to speed up the trial because of potential complications arising from the discovery of a dismembered body found May 17 in the southern port city of Karachi, where Mr. Pearl disappeared in January.

Sudan denies bombing village in the south
KHARTOUM, Sudan The pro-government Southern Sudan Defense Force militia has denied reports that government planes bombed a village in the oil-rich Unity state last week and instead accused rebels of killing civilians.
"These allegations are completely false," the militia's Maj. Gen. Paulino Matip said in a statement received by Reuters yesterday.
Aid workers said last week that at least 15 persons died in an air raid on the southern Sudanese village of Rier and that more than 100 others were seriously wounded, many of them children.

Nepal king declares emergency rule
KATMANDU, Nepal King Gyanendra imposed emergency rule for three more months in his nation's battle against Maoist guerrillas, the royal palace announced yesterday.
The statement said the state of emergency, which had lapsed Saturday after two three-month decrees, had been reimposed at the request of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and his council of ministers.
Mr. Deuba was expelled on Sunday by his party, the Nepali Congress, for trying to push a six-month extension of the emergency through parliament then calling elections for Nov. 13 when the party did not support him.

Zimbabwe editor honored for courage
BRUGGE, Belgium The editor of Zimbabwe's beleaguered independent daily newspaper won the World Association of Newspapers annual press-freedom prize yesterday.
Geoff Nyarota was awarded the Golden Pen of Freedom in recognition for his "outstanding service to the cause of press freedom in the face of constant persecution," the association said.
Mr. Nyarota and his newspaper, the Daily News, have borne the brunt of a harsh crackdown on the independent media by President Robert Mugabe's government.

Crash investigation hampered by currents
PENGHU, Taiwan Strong, shifting currents frustrated efforts yesterday to find the "black boxes" from a China Airlines jet that broke up high over the Taiwan Strait, killing 225 passengers and crew.
For the second time since the crash Saturday, investigators announced they had picked up beacon signals from the black boxes or voice and flight data recorders only to announce hours later that they were mistaken.
The black boxes which are bright orange might offer the best clues to why Hong Kong-bound Flight CI611 split into four pieces 20 minutes after taking off from Taipei in clear weather.

Watchdog defends plastic bullets
BELFAST Northern Ireland's police watchdog today backed the use of plastic bullets to quell rioting in the province on seven occasions in the past year.
Plastic "baton rounds" have long been a contentious issue in Northern Ireland, but the report by police ombudsman Nuala O'Loan said officers were not only justified, but on one occasion were restrained in their use of the weapon.
"Typically officers were coming under vicious attacks from a variety of weapons, including fireworks, petrol, paint, acid and blast bombs," Miss O'Loan said.
"In all the instances, the use of baton rounds were fully justified. Indeed, the police frequently acted with considerable restraint. In one instance, there are grounds for suggesting baton rounds might have been introduced earlier than they were."



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