- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 2, 2003

LIBERIA

Clash kills 3 as U.N. leads peacekeeping

MONROVIA — A gunfight broke out between former rebels and forces loyal to the government in Liberia’s capital yesterday, leaving three civilians dead just hours after the United Nations took command of West African peacekeepers.

The worst violence in Monrovia since ex-President Charles Taylor left in August marred the debut of a force set to become the world’s biggest U.N. peacekeeping mission.

The trouble began when the loyalists threw stones at the motorcade of rebel leader Sekou Conneh, drawing fire from his bodyguards. Mr. Conneh was on his way to meet caretaker President Moses Blah.

INDIA

Top state official hurt in land-mine blast

HYDERABAD — A half-dozen land mines exploded yesterday near a motorcade carrying the leader of India’s southern Andhra Pradesh state, injuring him and three other officials, police said.

State Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu suffered a leg injury and a broken collarbone. He was on his way to make an offering at the ninth-century Tirumala Temple, one of the holiest sites for Hindus.

POLAND

New visa rule thins border crossings

SLAWATYCZE — Poland’s eastern border stations were unusually quiet yesterday, the first day people in neighboring Belarus, Ukraine and Russia were required to have entry visas under rules introduced before Poland’s induction into the European Union next year.

Cars, mostly containing small-scale traders, normally wait six hours to enter Poland from Belarus at Slawatycze.

BRITAIN

Partners’ withdrawal halts embryo storage

LONDON — The London High Court yesterday refused to allow two women to preserve their frozen embryos after their former partners no longer consented to their storage.

Natallie Evans, 31, and Lorraine Hadley, 38, had challenged the Human Fertilization and Embryology Act, which requires the destruction of embryos unless both parties consent to storage and use. Both women had stored embryos after in vitro fertilization treatment.

The couples have now separated and the partners have withdrawn consent for the use of the embryos. The women had argued that the law violates their human rights because they are now infertile.

ROMANIA

Roma king defies child-bride inquiry

BUCHAREST — Romanian Roma King Florin Cioaba yesterday defied a state investigation into whether he forced his 12-year-old daughter to marry against her will, refusing to allow medical authorities to examine the child.

Hundreds of wedding guests witnessed tearful Princess Ana Maria try but fail to escape her lavish wedding Saturday in the Transylvanian city of Sibiu, in a case that drew protests from European Union and Romanian officials.


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