- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 6, 2003

BRAZILPresident to propose world food campaignSAO PAULO — President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva plans to propose a world campaign against hunger at the G8 summit in France, which he has been invited to attend June 1.”There, I am planning to present a proposal for combating hunger in the world,” said Mr. Lula da Silva, the first working-class president of Brazil, Latin America’s largest economy. He gave no details, but the plan may be similar to the “Zero Hunger” initiative begun in Brazil after the new government took office Jan. 1.Mr. Lula da Silva stressed the economic benefits inherent in improving poor people’s diets. “I’ve been imagining the day when Brazilians can buy the food at the grocer that we’ve produced, how the economy of this country will grow,” he said.The heads of state and government of the G8 — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States — will participate in the summit. China, India, Mexico and South Africa will also attend.SURINAMEPolice destroy Ecstasy drug labPARAMARIBO — Police from Suriname and the Netherlands last weekend dismantled the biggest laboratory ever discovered in the Caribbean producing the illegal synthetic drug Ecstasy, a police statement said Sunday.Six persons were arrested, and synthetic drugs, equipment, hand grenades, weapons and munitions were seized overnight Friday after a yearlong investigation.The chemicals found at the lab were enough to produce 1 million Ecstasy pills a day. CHILECourt sends chimp to African orphanageSANTIAGO — A chimpanzee smuggled from Africa more than two decades ago and forced to perform in a Chilean circus will live out his days peacefully in a Zambian wildlife orphanage under a court order in an animal cruelty case here.Toto won his freedom last month when a court ruled he should be sent to Zambia’s Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage, where he will live in a free-range space at the refuge that shelters 80 other chimpanzees.Until then, Toto is staying at the Primate Recuperation and Rehabilitation Center of Santiago, where he is receiving treatment for a severe oral infection. The chimp came to Chile in 1979 when the Koning circus smuggled him into the country. It billed him as a gorilla, and forced him to smoke, drink alcohol and act like a boxer for its show.Weekly notes …A campaign to choose the successor to Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien began Saturday with the first of six televised debates among three candidates. Mr. Chretien, 69, has said he will step down in February, and his governing Liberal Party has scheduled a leadership convention in November. Former Finance Minister Paul Martin is the front-runner in the race against Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister John Manley and Heritage Minister Sheila Copps. … Argentine soccer tycoon Mauricio Macri, president of the Boca Juniors soccer club, said yesterday that kidnappers had released his teenage half-sister, kidnapped last week in one of the highest-profile abductions since his own a decade ago. Florencia Macri, 19, daughter of industrial magnate Franco Macri, was released after the family — one of Argentina’s richest — negotiated down a reported ransom demand of $1.5 million.

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