- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 9, 2003

SUDAN

3-year-old survives as plane crash kills 116

KHARTOUM — A Sudanese airliner plunged into a hillside yesterday while attempting an emergency landing, killing 116 persons and leaving one survivor — a 3-year-old boy found injured.

The Sudan Airways plane, headed from Port Sudan on the northeastern coast to the capital, Khartoum, crashed before dawn in a wooded area just after takeoff. The Boeing 737 wreckage was severely burned, and authorities decided to bury all bodies rapidly.

The Red Sea state’s governor, Hatem el-Wassila, said the survivor, 3-year-old Mohammed el-Fateh Osman, had lost his right leg and was burned.

Norway leads index on quality of life

NEW YORK — Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Australia and the Netherlands ranked as the best countries in which to live in the 2003 U.N. Human Development report released yesterday.

Belgium ranked sixth, the United States seventh and Canada eighth in the report, followed by Japan and Switzerland.

Canada had been in first place for seven years, until 2001, and slipped to third place last year. Canadian media reported that 89 percent of the country had an “absolute conviction that we have a better quality of life than the United States.”

ZIMBABWE

Police break up anti-Mugabe protest

HARARE — Zimbabwean police yesterday broke up a group of opposition protesters who were urging President Bush to pressure President Robert Mugabe to quit.

Protesters from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change also denounced South African President Thabo Mbeki, accusing him of being soft on the Zimbabwe crisis.

For the second successive day, police arrested Harare Mayor Elias Mudzuri after he turned up for work in defiance of a government suspension order.

AFGHANISTAN

Mob ransacks Pakistani Embassy

KABUL — A mob stormed the Pakistani Embassy yesterday, ransacking the building and smashing windows as diplomats took cover during a protest of clashes along the two nations’ border.

Pakistan Ambassador Rustam Shah Mohmand closed the embassy and accused the Afghan government of inciting the attack and not protecting the diplomatic post. Afghan President Hamid Karzai expressed regret and said his government would compensate Pakistan for the damage.

NIGERIA

Unions end strike, seek probe of killings

ABUJA — Nigeria’s trade unions yesterday called off a weeklong general strike over fuel prices.

But they said President Olusegun Obasanjo, who left yesterday for an African summit in Mozambique, must order an investigation into the “murder of innocent and defenseless Nigerians by the police” after a union leader accused police of killing at least 10 demonstrators in Lagos.

SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO

American to lead U.N. mission in Kosovo

NEW YORK — Jacques Paul Klein, an American diplomat, was chosen yesterday by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to lead the U.N. operation in Kosovo.

Mr. Klein previously led a smaller U.N. operation in Bosnia as Mr. Annan’s special representative.

VENEZUELA

Protest mars wake for cardinal

CARACAS — Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets against stone-throwing supporters of Venezuela’s president, trying to disrupt the wake of Roman Catholic Cardinal Ignacio Velasco.

The cardinal, a critic of President Hugo Chavez, died Monday.

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