- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 14, 2003

IRAN

Rights slogans greet Nobel Prize winner

TEHRAN — About 3,000 Iranians, chanting “Free political prisoners” and “Liberty and justice are the slogans of our nation,” welcomed home Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi at Tehran’s main airport yesterday.

The human rights lawyer’s Nobel Prize has ignited strong passions in her home country, reflecting deep political divisions between reformers and hard-liners over the future of the Islamic Republic.

In a separate part of the airport, Mrs. Ebadi was greeted by members of her family, parliamentarians and representatives of President Mohammed Khatami’s reformist government.

LIBERIA

Bryant sworn in as interim leader

MONROVIA — Businessman Gyude Bryant took office as Liberia’s interim leader yesterday under red, white and blue bunting in the looted Capitol rotunda, inheriting a nation in ruins after years of civil war and rebellion.

Mr. Bryant, 54, a low-key political reformer welcomed as a neutral figure in the country’s power struggles, was sworn in two months after warlord Charles Taylor was ushered into exile under international pressure as rebels surrounded Monrovia.

BOLIVIA

Death toll in revolt rises to 53

LA PAZ — A popular revolt against Bolivia’s president sparked more deadly street clashes yesterday, bringing the death toll to 53 in weeks of protests that were forcing many terrified residents of the capital to hide indoors.

At least one worker was killed in the suburb of El Alto, a local human rights group said, as thousands of demonstrators ranging from coca farmers to bus drivers protested pro-U.S., free-market policies.

President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada met with his political allies to ensure their continued

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