- The Washington Times - Friday, July 11, 2003

ITALY

Tourism official quits in flap with Germany

ROME — An Italian government official who called Germans “hyper-nationalist” arrogant blonds resigned yesterday.

The comments by Stefano Stefani, an Industry Ministry undersecretary responsible for tourism, caused a diplomatic crisis with Germany and led German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to cancel his planned vacation to Italy.

Mr. Stefani announced his resignation at a rally in northern Italy. Pressure had been mounting on Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to remove him.

PERU

7 killed, 10 hurt in Shining Path ambush

PICHARI — In the worst loss for the Peruvian military in four years, Shining Path rebels ambushed a 30-man patrol in rugged mountainous jungle, killing seven and wounding 10, military sources said yesterday.

The Thursday afternoon attack, which came a month after guerrillas kidnapped scores of pipeline workers in the same general area, indicated a resurgence in activity by the Shining Path, which follows a hard-core communist ideology and seeks to overthrow the government.

CYPRUS

Turks offer to open port to Greeks

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey said yesterday it would open its air and sea ports in Cyprus to Greek Cypriot traffic if Nicosia agreed to a Turkish Cypriot proposal aimed at reviving the island’s peace process.

Earlier, Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash said he had sent U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan a letter proposing the island’s former international airport be reopened as a confidence-building measure after peace talks collapsed in March.

Under sanctions in force since 1974, Turkish Cypriots use a small airport near Nicosia, where only planes from Turkey land. Greek Cypriots operate a bustling international airport in Larnaca.

BURUNDI

Five days of fighting leaves 170 dead

BUJUMBURA — Soldiers and aid workers discovered 28 corpses yesterday as fighting between Hutu rebels and the Tutsi-dominated army raged on in the capital of this central African nation.

Since fighting erupted in Bujumbura on Monday, an estimated 170 people have been killed and 6,000 to 7,000 others have been forced to flee their homes, according to a U.N. report.

The estimate was reported Thursday after a closed-door briefing to the U.N. Security Council on the situation in Burundi.

CUBA

First U.S. cargo vessel visits Havana in 40 years

HAVANA — The American flag was hoisted briefly over the entrance to Havana Bay yesterday for the arrival of the first U.S.-registered cargo vessel in four decades.

The floating warehouse barge, towed by a tug from Chickasaw, Ala., unloaded 1,614 tons of newsprint and 6 tons of timber in Havana.

Jack Maybank, president of Maybank Shipping Co. of Charleston, S.C., owner of the barge, has a deal with Cuba to ship 10,000 tons of paper made in the United States by Canada-based Abitibi-Consolidated Inc.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.


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