- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 20, 2003

FIJI

Christians to install ‘God-fearing’ leaders

SUVA — A fundamentalist Christian group that recently arranged an apology to the descendants of a Methodist missionary who was eaten by cannibals now plans to identify the “evil leaders” and replace them with “God-fearing” ones, its documents show.

Personnel selection should not be left “to government as it may not have the kind of discernment and spiritual anointing needed to identify God-fearing leaders,” said the Association of Christian Churches of Fiji (ACCF) strategy paper.

PHILIPPINES

U.N. shipping unit opens regional office

MANILA — The International Maritime Organization (IMO), the U.N.’s shipping watchdog, has set up its first Asian office as it faces up to the increased threat of piracy and terrorist attacks on the high seas.

The maiden IMO regional office has been established in the Philippines to cater for trade-driven eastern Asia and a second office for southern Asia is to be set up in India early next year, maritime officials said.

The IMO move follows concern that Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network could attack ships along vital routes in Asia as part of its campaign of terrorism.

AUSTRALIA

‘Pig-meat’ caper saves Ramadan sheep

SYDNEY — A man was arrested and a shipment of 70,000 Australian sheep to the Middle East for sacrificial feasts after the Muslim month of Ramadan was delayed because an animals rights group said it had fed the sheep “pig meat” to thwart their export to Muslim countries.

The 40-year-old man was arrested at Portland in Victoria state, police said. Quarantine officials said the loading of the livestock, scheduled for yesterday, was put on hold. Animal Liberation, the group behind the incident, said it thought the arrested man was protest leader Ralph Hahnheuser, head of its South Australia branch.

The sheep were destined for Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.

Weekly notes

Hiroshi Okuda, chairman of Keidanren, Japan’s most powerful business lobby, travels to China on Sunday for a three-day visit. There, he will call on Chinese leaders including Premier Wen Jiabao to adopt Japan’s Shinkansen “bullet train” for its planned Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail link, federation officials said yesterday. … A lawyer for convicted Bali bomber Imam Samudra said yesterday his client will appeal his death sentence to Indonesia’s Supreme Court. Samudra was convicted of masterminding the Oct. 12, 2002, terrorist attacks on the resort island that killed 202 persons, mostly Western tourists.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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