- The Washington Times - Friday, November 1, 2002

Pro-Musharraf group gets edge in parliament
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Pakistan's Election Commission yesterday announced the apportionment of 60 parliamentary seats reserved for women, with a party allied to President Pervez Musharraf gaining the most new seats.
The seats were given roughly on the basis of the percentage of seats each party won in the Oct. 10 general election. An additional 10 seats reserved for minority candidates were to be announced today.
According to the commission, Quaid-e-Azam faction of the Pakistan Muslim League received 22 of the 60 seats reserved for women, increasing its National Assembly seats from 77 to 99.

Central African Republic says coup bid foiled
BANGUI, Central African Republic The Central African Republic claimed yesterday to have put down a coup attempt by rebels backing an ousted army chief of staff.
Earlier reports from residents of the capital Bangui indicated it had been chiefly Libyan troops and rebel fighters from neighboring Congo who battled the rebel forces of former Gen. Francois Bozize. President Ange-Felix Patasse remained at his official residence in the capital throughout the fighting, a government spokesman said.
In Washington, the Pentagon said it had sent a small military assessment team from Germany to the country to verify the security situation.

Sri Lanka rebel leader sentenced; talks begin
NAKORN PATHOM, Thailand The reclusive leader of Sri Lanka's ferocious Tamil Tiger guerrillas was sentenced to 200 years in prison yesterday as government and rebel officials began talks in Thailand to try to end 19 years of war.
The two sides met in a palm-lined resort west of Bangkok, but attention shifted to Colombo when Sri Lanka's High Court convicted Velupillai Prabhakaran and four others in absentia for their roles in a 1996 suicide bombing that blew up Sri Lanka's central bank, killing nearly 100 people.

Congo prepares for new government
KINSHASA, Congo Congolese President Joseph Kabila has reshuffled his Cabinet in preparation for a transition government being negotiated at peace talks in South Africa, officials said.
Rebel leaders, civil society members and government officials have been meeting in Pretoria this week to hammer out a new power-sharing agreement aimed at ending four years of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The appointments came as the last Zimbabwean, Angolan and Namibian troops left Congo, where they propped up the government in a war against rebels backed by Rwanda and Uganda.

Carey steps down as leader of Anglicans
LONDON The Rev. George Carey, who rose from London's East End to become the most powerful figure in the Church of England, stepped down as Archbishop of Canterbury yesterday after more than 11 years in the job.
His tenure as leader of the world's 70 million Anglicans, the so-called Decade of Evangelism, started with a historic decision to allow the ordination of women priests and ended amid an increasingly bitter war of words over church doctrine on homosexuality.
Archbishop Carey, 66, hands the baton to Rowan Williams, 52, currently Archbishop of Wales, whose liberal views on homosexual priests have raised the hackles of conservative Anglicans. Archbishop Williams takes over as archbishop-elect on Dec. 2 before his enthronement on Feb. 27.

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