- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 17, 2002

Ugandan journalists charged in court
KAMPALA, Uganda Three journalists working for Uganda's Monitor newspaper, were charged yesterday for publishing false news and information likely to endanger national security, one of the paper's editors told AFP.
The government shut down the independent newspaper last week in the wake of a report that a Ugandan army helicopter had crashed during a fight with rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army, active in the north of the country.
The Monitor's managing editor, Charles Onyango Obbo, said he had been charged, along with News Editor Wanyama Wangah, on the two counts. Mr. Obbo said that Monitor journalist Frank Nyakairu, who wrote the article that offended the government, was also charged but in absentia.

Terrified Ivorians flee town
DALOA, Ivory Coast Frightened people streamed from Ivory Coast's cocoa town of Daloa yesterday as loyalist troops combed poor districts in the hunt for rebels hiding out after four days of fighting.
Aid agencies have warned of a humanitarian catastrophe in the West African country, where hundreds of people have been killed and tens of thousands displaced by a four-week rebellion.
Daloa, in central Ivory Coast and the scene of bloody ethnic violence before this crisis, has particular reasons to fear. On one side of town live mostly Christian southerners, many of them Bete tribesmen like President Laurent Gbagbo. Dioulas from the Muslim north, many who are kinsmen to rebels, live on the other.

Madagascar announces date of campaign
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar Madagascar dissolved its parliament and announced that campaigning for legislative elections will begin at the end of November, the Interior Ministry said yesterday.
The poll will prove decisive for President Marc Ravalomana and could rekindle a fierce feud with his predecessor, Didier Ratsiraka.
Donor nations and international lending organizations have insisted that Madagascar hold early legislative elections before they resume sending aid to the island nation.

Mandela saddened by sister's death
JOHANNESBURG South African former President Nelson Mandela was saddened by the death of his younger sister, Mabel Timakwe, who died of an asthma-related disease this week, his office said yesterday.
Zelda la Grange said Mrs. Timakwe, 78, died at Mqekezweni Village near Umtata on Tuesday morning, in the country's southeastern Transkei area, where Mr. Mandela grew up. Mr. Mandela, 84, has two other sisters.

Sudanese demonstrate in support of Iraq
KHARTOUM, Sudan An estimated 5,000 Sudanese took to the streets in the Sudanese capital yesterday to show their support for Baghdad and denounce the threatened U.S. war against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Supporters took part in the march organized by the Popular Organization for Solidarity with Peoples (POSP), an Agence France-Presse correspondent said.
An effigy of President Bush, wrapped in the U.S. and Israeli flags, with "the corpse of imperialism" written on them, was torn up before it was torched by the demonstrators.
Demonstrators charged that U.S. foreign policy was run by "the neo-imperialists, representing the far Christian right, and the Zionists who control power in the States."


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