- The Washington Times - Friday, February 28, 2003


'Iron Lady' gets 11 years for war crimes

THE HAGUE Biljana Plavsic, the former Bosnian Serb leader who expressed remorse for the horrors committed against non-Serbs during the Bosnian war, was sentenced yesterday to 11 years in prison for promoting a campaign of murder, rape and torture.

The 72-year-old Plavsic once known as Bosnia's "Iron Lady" is the highest-ranking politician from the former Yugoslavia to be sentenced by the court.


Food shortages outstrip relief aid

HARARE Food shortages in Zimbabwe have rapidly worsened and regular supplies not provided by aid agencies remained "grossly inadequate," the World Food Program said yesterday.

About 7.2 million people more than half the population now need emergency food aid, and donor food only reaches 4.5 million Zimbabweans this month, the agency said.

Zimbabwe's food shortages have been blamed on erratic rain and the government's chaotic and often violent program to seize thousands of white-owned farms.


N. Cyprus leader rejects peace plan

NICOSIA The Turkish Cypriot leader rejected the latest version of a U.N. plan to reunite Cyprus yesterday after a meeting with the Greek Cypriot leadership of the war-divided island and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

About 70,000 Turkish Cypriots almost a third of the population in the Turkish part of the island recently demonstrated in favor of the plan in Nicosia, calling on leader Rauf Denktash to resign.

Cyprus has been split into a Greek Cypriot-controlled south and the north since Turkey invaded in 1974 after an abortive coup.


Maverick archbishop takes the throne

LONDON Rowan Williams, a self-proclaimed "hairy lefty" who has impressed the Church of England with his charismatic intelligence and alarmed them with his sometimes provocative views, was enthroned yesterday as the 104th archbishop of Canterbury.

Archbishop Williams, an academic theologian and formerly the archbishop of Wales, has generated controversy because of his protests against any military action against Iraq, his decision to ordain a homosexual as priest, and his advocacy of women bishops.

He now leads a Church of England and millions of Anglicans worldwide.


Thieves make off with $100 million haul

BRUSSELS Authorities put a price tag of $100 million yesterday on the jewels, gold and securities stolen this month in what is widely considered to be the theft of the century in Antwerp, the world's diamond-cutting capital.

Police are still looking for the goods taken from 123 of the 160 high-security vaults at Antwerp's Diamond Center and the burglars who broke into the building Feb. 16.


U.N. reports millions of land mines destroyed

GENEVA About 30 million land mines have been destroyed since a global ban on the weapons went into effect four years ago, the diplomat heading a treaty conference said yesterday.

"We will all have reason to celebrate," Belgian Ambassador Jean Lint told the U.N. Conference on Disarmament, the world's main body for negotiating treaties to curb the use of arms.

The conference has been discredited lately because it is to be lead by Iraq beginning this spring about the time of an anticipated U.S.-led military strike to rid Iraq of weapons of mass destruction.

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