- The Washington Times - Friday, April 25, 2003

INDONESIA
Megawati wooed to buy Polish weaponry
WARSAW, Poland Poland yesterday offered visiting Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri extensive cooperation in the military field.
"We are proposing a vast cooperation in the military and arms domains," President Aleksander Kwasniewski told a joint conference with Mrs. Megawati at the outset of her 48-hour visit. Today, on the second day of her visit, she is to observe a presentation of military equipment in Warsaw, including Polish communications systems, tanks, radars, planes and helicopters.
Indonesia has been under a U.S. arms embargo since 1999, after its military's failure to stem violence in East Timor. It recently reached a deal to end its war with separatist rebels in Aceh province, but a devastating bomb attack at the tourist resort of Bali in October renewed fears that extremists could be operating on its territory.

AUSTRALIA
Human rights group decries sideshow ads
PERTH A job advertisement seeking human "freaks" including a bearded woman, giants, fat people and others with "unusual appendages" for a 19th-century-style sideshow has upset human rights campaigners here in the country that invented dwarf-throwing contests.
Corporate Theatre Productions, a theatrical firm, has received six replies to the ad it first ran Saturday in the state of Western Australia, manager Geoffrey Swan said yesterday.
Mr. Swan said he seeks albinos, a "rubber person," unusual exhibitionists and people with "severe mutilations" for a sideshow at an exhibition of plumbing hardware.

SOLOMON ISLANDS
Warlord said to kill his own followers
AUCKLAND, New Zealand Solomon Islands warlord Harold Keke has killed nine persons since midmonth, including close associates he believed were collaborating with a police effort to capture him, state radio reports.
The ex-policeman has for the past four years controlled the rugged and isolated Weathercoast on the south side of Guadalcanal that has been the scene of a civil war in the Pacific Island nation.
Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp. said Tuesday that Mr. Keke had killed nine persons since April 15. It quoted Rollen Seleso, chairman of the South Guadalcanal Constituency Working Committee, as saying most of those killed were supporters of Mr. Keke.

Weekly notes …
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi starts a weeklong European tour tomorrow, hoping to broker reconciliation between the United States and two of the main dissenters from the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq France and Germany. Pundits give scant hope to the mission in view of the speed with which he endorsed the U.S.-led attack. Mr. Koizumi is to visit Britain, Spain, France, Germany and Greece before returning to Japan on May 3. … Malaysia said yesterday it will shortly start reissuing visas to Vietnamese workers after barring any from entering the country on April 1 in a bid to control the SARS outbreak. All arriving Vietnamese workers will have to use Malaysia Airlines and will be examined by its medical staff to make sure they do not have severe acute respiratory syndrome, the official said.


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