- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 26, 2002

CANADA
Government reconsiders baby seal hunting ban
OTTAWA The Canadian government yesterday said it would consider scrapping a 15-year-old ban on hunting some young seals, an idea that would undoubtedly raise the ire of environmentalists around the world.
The proposal is one of several to be presented to federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Robert Thibault next month in the run-up to the 2003 hunt, during which about 300,000 animals will die.
The event has become a public relations nightmare for Ottawa, which banned the commercial killing of young hooded or blue back seals in the 1980s after an outcry fueled by gory images of hunters clubbing seals to death.


UNITED STATES
Reich becomes special envoy
A controversial U.S. official who ran policy toward Latin America for the past 10 months has started work in his new position of special envoy in the Americas, the State Department said yesterday.
Otto Reich automatically lost his position as assistant secretary of state when Congress went into recess Friday, but the Bush administration kept him on board by offering him the envoy post, which does not require Senate confirmation.
The acting assistant secretary for Western Hemisphere affairs is Curt Struble, who was a deputy to Mr. Reich.
Mr. Reich took office as assistant secretary under a recess appointment in January.

AUSTRIA
Haider quits as party slumps
VIENNA Joerg Haider, whose anti-foreigner rhetoric helped fuel the meteoric rise of his party into government two years ago, called it quits yesterday in the wake of the party's disastrous showing in general elections.
Announcing his resignation Monday as governor of Carinthia province the main political post he now holds Mr. Haider said his party's poor showing reflected "mistrust in me and my policies." In the past year, Mr. Haider visited Iraq three times and befriended Saddam Hussein.


COLOMBIA
Drug lord's son faces heroin charges
BOGOTA The son of the former head of the Cali drug cartel was arrested on charges of possession of about 4.5 pounds of heroin, police said yesterday.
Fernando Rodriguez Mondragon is the son of Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, a former leader of the Cali drug cartel. The elder Rodriguez was released from prison this month after serving half of a drug-trafficking sentence.


ALGERIA
Algeria said it killed major terrorist
ALGIERS An Islamic militant killed by Algerian security forces in a raid more than two months ago has been identified as a man Washington considers to be a top al Qaeda operative in Africa, Algeria's official news agency reported yesterday.
Emad Abdelwahid Ahmed Alwan, sometimes known as Abu Mohammed, was fatally shot in a Sept. 12 raid in the eastern Batna region, about 270 miles east of the capital, Algiers, the official APS news agency reported.


INDIA
Indian forces end Muslim siege of temple
JAMMU Security forces ended a siege by suspected Muslim militants of two Hindu temples in Indian Kashmir yesterday after the bloodiest weekend since a new government took power in the state on a peace ticket.
Police said the siege, during which 13 persons died, ended when a lone surviving militant who had taken refuge in a house near the temples was fatally shot after what appeared to be a last-ditch bid to escape.


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