- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 5, 2002

Europeans tighten ban on executions
VILNIUS, Lithuania European states tightened a ban on capital punishment last week, agreeing to rule out its use in wartime, imminent threat of war or exceptional circumstances. the Council of Europe said.
Meeting in the Lithuanian capital, foreign ministers and representatives of the 44-member human rights body signed Protocol No. 13 to the European Convention on Human Rights, pledging total abolition of the death penalty.
"The Council of Europe was already proud to have banished the death penalty in peacetime on a continent where more than 800 million people live," said Walter Schwimmer, secretary-general of the council.

Italian authorities crack down on press
ROME Police have raided the home and office of a journalist who chronicled a crackdown on a suspected Islamic terrorist network in Rome, says a member of the Italian parliament.
Giuseppe Giulietti of the Democrats said Guido Ruotolo, who works for the daily La Stampa, was suspected of publishing confidential information. He said the raid prompted an outcry by Italian journalists, in part because it coincided with World Press Freedom Day on Friday.
In March, the homes of journalists Claudia Fusani of the daily La Repubblica and Fiorenza Sarzanini of the daily Corriere della Sera were raided for the same reason.

Scottish tots know little about agriculture
EDINBURGH, Scotland An education trust has begun a campaign to teach children about farm life after a survey found nearly 30 percent of primary school pupils in Scotland don't know eggs come from chickens, a spokesman for the trust said.
The campaign will reach out to every one of Scotland's 3,500 primary schools with the help of 100 farmers, said Ross Muir, of the nongovernmental Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET).
A RHET survey of 8- and 9-year-olds at four Scottish inner-city schools also showed that more than half the respondents thought oranges grow in Scotland, 7 percent of 126 pupils polled believed cotton comes from sheep.

Weekly notes
The Czech Republic on Friday banned importation of French pork products that have not been processed at high temperatures, following the detection of swine fever in eastern France, veterinary authorities said. The ban also applies to wild pork products that have not been processed at temperatures above 162 degrees F. DaimlerChrysler, Porsche, Audi, and John Deere will be among companies hit with one-day strikes for higher pay tomorrow when Germany's biggest manufacturing union begins its first major strike since 1995, union officials say. Overall, some 50,000 workers at 21 companies will walk off their jobs in the Baden-Wuerttemberg region.

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