- The Washington Times - Monday, November 11, 2002

Hero Jiang hailed at party congress
BEIJING China's Communist Party congress remained a one-man show yesterday for the supposedly exiting President Jiang Zemin as delegates insisted they did not know when or whether they would discuss expected leadership changes.
A third day of delegates' meetings saw discussions again focus on hailing Mr. Jiang's 13-year-old reign, which is tipped to end after the weeklong gathering in Beijing.
As delegates heaped praise on Mr. Jiang, 76, they refused all but the vaguest comment on the ultra-secret selection process.
The party is expected to make Vice President Hu Jintao its leader, replacing Mr. Jiang.

Election pushes Slovenia West
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia Slovenia's prime minister was leading early returns in presidential elections yesterday, bolstered by his push to align the tiny Alpine nation closer with Western Europe.
With 27 percent of the ballots counted, Janez Drnovsek had 45.5 percent, short of the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff, the state electoral commission said.
Slovenia is expected to receive an invitation this month to join NATO and is set to become a member of the European Union in 2004.

Italy's former royals condemn Mussolini
ROME The male heirs to Italy's throne marked the official end of their exile yesterday by condemning the race laws of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.
A statement from the heirs said they would not return until December to Rome, ending more than 50 years of exile.
The government announced last month that the heirs of the Savoy family could re-enter their ancestral homeland, after parliament voted to end the exile imposed as punishment for collaborating with Mussolini.

Queen leads ceremony to remember war dead
LONDON Queen Elizabeth II led Britons yesterday in remembrance of their war dead in a ceremony attended by thousands of veterans and military personnel.
Crowds of onlookers, many of them elderly, stood quietly in pouring rain at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall, central London, for the Remembrance Sunday service commemorating the war dead of Britain and the 54-nation Commonwealth.
The Cenotaph, an 81-year-old monument that bears the words "The Glorious Dead," was flanked by members of the armed forces, including detachments from the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Royal Air Force and the Royal Gurkha Rifles.

Road to future begins in Kabul
KABUL, Afghanistan Construction of a major road linking Afghanistan's capital to the far west of the country began yesterday. It's a long-awaited project President Hamid Karzai said was expected to boost regional trade and discourage banditry.
The United States has pledged $80 million to help rebuild the 745-mile road from Kabul to the southern city of Kandahar and on to Herat in the west. Saudi Arabia and Japan pledged $50 million each.
Rebuilding Afghanistan's highways, along with providing electricity and education, has been a government priority since international donors pledged $4.5 billion in January, Mr. Karzai said.

Taiwanese trash government literally
TAIPEI, Taiwan About 2,000 protesters dumped trash near the presidential office yesterday to protest Taiwan's rising unemployment rate and demand that the government help find them jobs.
Under a banner reading "Can't Afford to Live," the protesters said most of them have lost their factory or office jobs in the past year, and face rising medical, education and other costs.
Next to a sign reading "Trash Government," they dumped plastic bags of garbage into heaps in a square near the presidential office.

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