- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 4, 2003

INDONESIA
Soldiers on trial in Papuan's killing
JAKARTA Seven Indonesian special forces soldiers went on trial before a military court in the East Java capital, Surabaya, yesterday in the killing in 2001 of an independence leader in Papua.
Theys Eluay, head of the pro-independence Papua Presidium Council, was found dead in his car near Jayapura, the provincial capital, Nov. 10, 2001. He had been returning from a dinner held by the local unit of the Indonesian special forces, Kopassus.
Mr. Eluay's driver is believed to have witnessed the slaying. He is missing but presumed dead. If found guilty, the seven would face as long as 15 years each in prison.

PERU
Court strikes down Fujimori terror laws
LIMA Peru's top court struck down some of former President Alberto Fujimori's tough anti-terror laws yesterday, paving the way for top rebel leaders and hundreds of others to be granted retrials.
The 60-page ruling, which court President Javier Alva Orlandini said brought Peru in line with international human rights requirements, came after the court's seven judges pored over the fine print of the 1992 laws for weeks.

SOLOMON ISLANDS
Islanders survive Cyclone Zoe
HONIARA All the inhabitants of a South Pacific island battered by a fierce cyclone have survived by fleeing to mountain shelters, according to a photographer who has landed on the island.
Geoff Mackley said it appeared that no one had died on Tikopia, where it was feared that hundreds had died after Cyclone Zoe tore through the remote eastern Solomon Islands last Sunday morning.
Tikopia is the biggest of the affected islands, which are home to about 3,700 people. The situation on Anuta and other islands hammered by the cyclone was not clear.

CHINA
School poisoner is executed
BEIJING A kindergarten owner who sickened 70 children by mixing rat poison into salt at a rival school's kitchen was executed yesterday in southern China, the official Xinhua news agency said.
Huang Hu, 29, was executed in Zhanjiang, a city in Guangdong province, which borders Hong Kong. He owned a failing kindergarten in the nearby city of Wuchuang and blamed competition from a nearby school. He crept into its kitchen Nov. 24 and put poison in salt that was used to make corn porridge.
In September, at least 38 persons were killed in the eastern city of Nanjing when a snack-shop owner sprinkled rat poison on food from a rival shop. The poisoner was executed the next month.

CONGO
Thousands flee escalating fighting
NAIROBI, Kenya Escalating fighting in eastern Congo is complicating efforts to form a transitional government in Congo and may derail a deal to end four years of civil war in the vast central African nation, rebel leaders said yesterday.
Troops of the rebel Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD) clashed with pro-government tribal fighters, and their Rwandan and Burundian rebel allies in the strategic South Kivu province south of Lake Kivu, RCD Secretary-General Azarias Ruberwa said.

FRANCE
Militant's brother to be deported
PARIS French police arrested the younger brother of a suspected Algerian Islamic militant leader yesterday and were preparing to deport him to Algeria, his attorney said.
Brahim Chalabi, 41, was arrested as he was released from Chateauroux prison in central France after serving a four-year sentence for belonging to a "terrorist" group.
His brother, Mohamed Chalabi, is believed to lead the Chalabi network, a movement that supports the Armed Islamic Group, responsible for much of the bloodshed in Algeria since 1992.

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