- The Washington Times - Monday, October 27, 2003

GERMANY

Memorial contractor is tied to Holocaust

BERLIN — Backers of Germany’s national Holocaust memorial decided to exclude a chemical firm set to supply an antigraffiti coating because the firm once owned a share in the producer of the deadly Zyklon-B gas used in Nazi concentration camps.

Designed by U.S. architect Peter Eisenman, the memorial to the more than 6 million Jews who perished under the Nazis will feature 2,700 concrete slabs on a plot the size of two football fields, close to Berlin’s signature Brandenburg Gate.

The move to seek an alternative supplier to Degussa AG for the slabs’ protective coating was made by a panel overseeing the project.

NORWAY

Donations to follow a Sudan peace deal

NAIROBI, Kenya — Norway said yesterday that it is willing to host a donors conference for Sudan after the government and rebels finalize a peace agreement, as they have pledged to do by the end of December.

Sudan’s government and main rebel group, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), have been holding peace talks in Kenya since Oct. 17. They agreed yesterday to adjourn until Nov. 30 for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

NORTH KOREA

Top official dies 4 months after crash

PYONGYANG — A top North Korean official involved in reconciliation efforts with South Korea has died of injuries suffered in a traffic accident four months ago, the North’s official media said early today.

Kim Yong-sun, 69, was a member of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party and a close adviser to North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. He died yesterday after treatment in a hospital following the still-unexplained June 16 accident.

Mr. Kim was involved in the reconciliation efforts that followed a 2000 summit between the leaders of the two Koreas, said the official Korean Central News Agency.

ZIMBABWE

Independent paper faces legal action

HARARE — A director of Zimbabwe’s Daily News was arrested yesterday, a day after police again shut down the only independent daily newspaper in this troubled southern African country, the paper’s legal adviser said.

The arrest of Washington Sansole in the country’s second city of Bulawayo came after police occupied the paper’s offices in the capital, Harare, on Saturday and briefly detained 18 other staff members.

The best-selling Daily News, a staunch critic of President Robert Mugabe, reappeared on the streets Saturday more than a month after it was shut for operating without a license.

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