- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 7, 2003

CONGO

65 killed in tribal strife

KIGALI, Rwanda — Dozens of tribal fighters attacked a village in volatile northeastern Congo with assault rifles and machetes, killing at least 65 persons, mainly children, looting property and setting huts on fire, U.N. officials said yesterday.

U.N. troops who were sent to investigate the attack, which took place Monday in Katchele, found 23 bodies in a church, others in a mass grave and some in the bush surrounding the village, a U.N. spokesman said in New York.

MAURITIUS

Ex-prime minister becomes president

PORT LOUIS — Former Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth, widely credited with the Mauritius “economic miracle” of the 1980s, was sworn in to the largely ceremonial post of president yesterday after ruling the island for much of the past 21 years.

Mr. Jugnauth, 73, stood down as prime minister on Sept. 30 to make way for Paul Berenger, the former deputy prime minister and finance minister, to become the prosperous Indian Ocean island’s first non-Indian prime minister.

The transfer of power is in line with an agreement reached three years ago between two of the island’s main political parties, the Mauritian Militant Movement led by Mr. Berenger, and Mr. Jugnauth’s Militant Socialist Movement.

SOUTH AFRICA

Charges dropped in Biko killing

JOHANNESBURG — The five policemen who were accused of killing antiapartheid activist Steve Biko in 1977 won’t be prosecuted because of insufficient evidence, Justice Ministry officials said.

A murder charge could not be supported in part because there were no witnesses to the killing, officials said. Charges of culpable homicide and assault were dropped because the time frame for prosecution had lapsed.

The ruling African National Congress said the decision might give the impression that the post-apartheid democratic government tolerated such “evil.”

BRITAIN

Elvis memorabilia triggers gun tussle

LIVERPOOL — A British museum is facing a battle with the government over its plan to import a collection of handguns once owned by Elvis Presley for an exhibit.

Britain’s Home Office is balking, saying it wants to know more about how the six guns will be transported from the United States and how they will be safeguarded at Liverpool’s Fingerprints of Elvis museum, home to the largest collection of Elvis memorabilia outside the United States.

Britain tightened its gun laws after the Dunblane massacre of 1996, when a man broke into a school in Scotland and opened fire, killing 16 children, one teacher and himself.

BURKINA FASO

Dozen arrested in coup plot

OUAGADOUGOU — The West African country of Burkina Faso said yesterday it had arrested about a dozen suspected coup plotters accused of scheming with the help of a foreign state.

A senior official did not name the country involved, but tensions have been high with neighboring Ivory Coast, which has accused Burkina Faso of backing rebels.

The country’s military prosecutor said that those arrested in the past few days included two army captains and a Christian pastor.

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