- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 24, 2003

Bioweapons scientist says many seek to buy
JOHANNESBURG A South African scientist who headed an apartheid-era biological-weapons lab says many people sought to buy antiserums for killer diseases after the September 11 attacks in the United States.
Daan Goosen said he suggested last year cooperating with the U.S. government on biological weapons, but rejected assertions published in The Washington Post this week that he tried to peddle his expertise to U.S. authorities for $5 million. The laboratory Mr. Goosen used to head developed weapons including cigarettes laced with anthrax, chocolates and drinks containing toxins such as botulism and salmonella, and untraceable poisons that can be applied to clothing and absorbed through the skin.
He told Reuters news agency that a few of the prospective buyers, who claimed to represent Germany and a friendly Arab country, also said they wanted to buy organisms such as anthrax.

Congo chaos foreseen if vacuum not filled
KAMPALA As Uganda prepared to withdraw some 2,000 troops from northeastern Congo, it warned yesterday of chaos in the volatile Ituri region if the security vacuum is not quickly filled.
"We are definitely going out of there, starting" today, Ugandan army spokesman Maj. Shaban Bantariza told Agence France-Presse, as the U.N. Mission in Congo (MONUC) announced it was sending more than 800 troops to Ituri. Under a deal struck with Kinshasa, Kampala will maintain a military presence along the countries' border.

Malaria outbreak expected after rains
NAIROBI The Health Ministry warned yesterday that a new malaria outbreak could be expected following the onset of the long rains in this east African country.
"We predict that we will have a malaria outbreak because we are aware that after the long rains, there is always an upsurge in reported cases in epidemic-prone districts," said Dr. Richard Muga, Kenya's director of medical services. He said malaria kills about 90 children below the age of 5 every day in Kenya, and that the disease is a major cause of anemia in pregnant women.
A malaria outbreak in several Rift Valley and western Kenya districts last year claimed the lives of more than 200 people. Dr. Muga said the ministry has distributed antimalaria drugs to public hospitals around the country and has been promoting the use of mosquito nets treated with insecticide.

Weekly notes …
The United Nations has reopened its coordination office in the western Ivory Coast city of Man, hoping to bring relief to thousands fleeing from fighting between rebels and government forces. Its World Food Program, which is already active in Man, its Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Refugee Agency (UNHCR) will soon join the office, which opened last week, the U.N. said in a statement to Agence France-Presse in Abidjan, capital of Ivory Coast. … Sudan yesterday welcomed President Bush's decision not to impose sanctions on Khartoum because of its good-faith efforts to reach a peace accord with rebels. Reporting from Washington, state-run Sudan News Agency quoted Khidir Haroun, the embassy's charge d'affaires, as praising Mr. Bush's report to Congress on the Sudan Peace Act as "balanced."

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