- The Washington Times - Monday, September 9, 2002

China supports Japan on North Korea trip
BEIJING Japanese Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi won China's support for a historic trip by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to North Korea later this month during a visit to Beijing , a Japanese spokesman said.
In an afternoon meeting with Chinese President Jiang Zemin, Mr. Kawaguchi sought Chinese help in facilitating Japan-North Korea relations and encouraging its isolated neighbor to have more dialogue with the outside world, a Japanese Foreign Ministry spokesman told reporters.
He said Mr. Jiang hailed Mr. Koizumi's planned Sept. 17 trip to North Korea as a key starting point toward establishing diplomatic ties.

South African police said to foil bomb plot
JOHANNESBURG South African police foiled a plot by white extremists to sabotage the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg with bombs planted in cooking-gas canisters, the Sunday Times newspaper said.
The group linked to local white extremists who want to overthrow the government had planned to detonate 120 booby-trapped canisters planted in and around the main summit venue in the wealthy suburb of Sandton, the paper said.
A spokesman for South Africa's crime intelligence told Reuters news agency he knew of a plot to plant bombs in cooking canisters.
"We cannot confirm or deny the gas canisters were going to be used" at the 10-day summit, which ended Wednesday, Capt. Ronnie Naidoo said. But he said police were aware that extremists had been planning "operations" for the summit.

New Zimbabwe deadline for farm ousters passes
HARARE, Zimbabwe Some white farmers complied with a new deadline yesterday to quit their properties and make way for landless blacks, but police arrested one farmer for failing to deliver his harvested corn to the state grain board.
Jenni Williams, spokeswoman for farm lobby group Justice for Agriculture, said it was not clear what police would charge Jim Arrow-Smith with after his arrest at his Harare residence.
His farm had been designated for takeover, and Mrs. Williams said he was held for failing to deliver his corn to the state Grain Marketing Board, which has a legal monopoly on all corn trading.

Paramilitary chief offers to surrender to U.S.
BOGOTA, Colombia Carlos Castano, the chief of Colombia's brutal paramilitary groups, said that if the United States seeks his extradition for drug trafficking, he will surrender to prove his innocence, according to an interview published yesterday.
The right-wing militias agreed to re-create their national umbrella organization, with Mr. Castano leading it again, during a clandestine meeting in the mountains of northern Colombia, according to a letter posted on the group's Web site.
The organization, known as the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC, splintered in July after Mr. Castano said some of the militias were engaged in drug trafficking and kidnapping, instead of fighting leftist rebels.

Film offending Vatican wins Venice prize
VENICE, Italy Peter Mullan's "The Magdalene Sisters," an unflinching look at abuse and cruelty inside one of Ireland's Catholic charitable institutions, won the Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion yesterday.
The movie, denounced by the Vatican newspaper, tells the true story of four supposedly promiscuous girls interned in the Magdalene Asylums in the 1960s, forced to work as virtual slaves in laundries and abused by the Sisters of Mercy.
The movie's world premiere was warmly received by audiences at the world's oldest film festival but slated by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano as an "angry and rancorous provocation" that misrepresented religious leaders.

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