- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Colombian troops search for kidnapped bishop

ZIPAQUIRA, Colombia Army troops backed by helicopters searched mountains north of the capital yesterday for one of Latin America's leading Roman Catholic bishops, who was kidnapped a day earlier.

The abduction of Bishop Jorge Enrique Jimenez, president of the Latin American bishops conference, drew outrage from church officials across the world and warnings of excommunication.

Bishop Jimenez was seized Monday with the Rev. Desiderio Orjuela and their driver as they headed to a religious ceremony. The driver was later released.

Residents of Zipaquira, 25 miles north of the capital, held a prayer vigil yesterday in the soaring brick and stone cathedral where Bishop Jimenez worked.


Zimbabwean police kill American

HARARE, Zimbabwe Border police in Zimbabwe shot and killed a Connecticut man who was on a humanitarian mission in Africa, the U.S. Embassy said yesterday.

Richard Gilman, 58, a computer consultant and former teacher from Torrington, Conn., was shot near the border with Mozambique on Monday after purportedly speeding from a police roadblock, police and state media said.

Mr. Gilman had been visiting his brother in the border town of Mutare, about 160 miles east of Zimbabwe's capital, Harare. He donated supplies and helped with nutritional programs at a local school where his brother was a teacher.


U.N. body allows sale of ivory

SANTIAGO, Chile A U.N. meeting on endangered species eased a 13-year-old ban on the ivory trade yesterday, allowing southern African nations to sell elephant tusks in a ruling that angered environmentalists.

Delegates at the U.N. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES, gathered in Chile voted to let South Africa, Botswana and Namibia stage one-time sales of 30 tons of ivory from their stockpiles in 2004.

Trade in ivory was prohibited globally in 1989 after the number of African elephants plummeted to 600,000 from about 1.2 million in just over a decade.


One dead, nine hurt in Venezuela clashes

CARACAS, Venezuela One person was killed, and at least nine were injured by gunfire yesterday when Venezuelan police clashed with supporters of President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, a city official said.

The violence came as the Chavez government and the opposition held a third day of talks to end their political feud over the leftist leader's rule.

Police said they fought running battles in the streets of central Caracas with followers of the president, who blocked entrances to the office of the city's mayor, Alfredo Pena, a Chavez foe.


Cuba, U.S. group to save Hemingway manuscripts

HAVANA A rejected epilogue for Ernest Hemingway's "For Whom the Bell Tolls," a 1941 letter from Ingrid Bergman and more than 20 letters from the 19-year-old Italian contessa he was in love with are among the thousands of the author's documents Cuba is making available to outside scholars.

President Fidel Castro and an American group led by U.S. Rep. James McGovern signed an agreement Monday to collaborate on the restoration and preservation of 2,000 letters, 3,000 personal photographs, and draft fragments of novels and stories that were kept in the basement of Finca de Vigia, the villa outside Havana where Hemingway lived from 1939-1960.


Charles orders probe of royal scandals

LONDON Prince Charles's private secretary, Michael Peat, announced yesterday that he will conduct an internal review of questions about the collapse of former butler Paul Burrell's theft trial and charges of same-sex rape by a former member of Charles' staff.

Prosecutors dropped their case against Princess Diana's former butler when Queen Elizabeth II said he had told her he was holding some of Diana's belongings for safekeeping.

The palace inquiry will also look at charges that officials covered up accusations of same-sex rape by one of Charles's aides and the question of royal gifts purportedly being sold for cash, Mr. Peat said.

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