- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 8, 2003

KENYA

Ethiopia returns ivory seized from poachers

NAIROBI — Ethiopian officials have returned to Kenya dozens of elephant tusks totaling 310 pounds seized from poachers last year, the International Fund for Animal Welfare said yesterday.

Ethiopian government officials delivered the ivory to officials of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) at a ceremony Tuesday in Kenya’s northern frontier town of Moyale, which straddles the border with Ethiopia.

“According to KWS reports, more than 50 elephants were killed by poachers in early 2002 in the northern part of Kenya, and their ivory smuggled out of the continent through Ethiopia,” IFAW’s East Africa director said.

Trade in ivory was prohibited worldwide in 1989 after the number of African elephants fell by half to 600,000 in just more than a decade.

LIBERIA

Searchers hunt arms before Friday deadline

MONROVIA — Cordon-and-search operations were under way here in the Liberian capital yesterday before tomorrow’s deadline to rid the city of weapons after a devastating civil war.

A source close to the United Nations Mission in Liberia said the search began Tuesday at the intersection of Somalia Drive and Jamaica Road. Vehicles crossing the Stockton Creek Bridge on Somalia Drive were thoroughly searched before being allowed to pass, and their passengers were asked to walk across with their hands in the air.

Members of Liberia’s caretaker government, two rebel groups and the Economic Community of West African States agreed Monday to allow the U.N. Mission to carry out searches in the capital to enforce pledges to clear the city of weapons.

TANZANIA

FBI bomb analyst testifies at trial

DAR ES SALAAM — An FBI staffer told the high court yesterday that clothes of a suspect in the 1998 bomb attack on the U.S. Embassy here had traces of chemicals believed to have been used in making the bomb.

Ronald Kelly of the FBI was testifying against Tanzanian Rashid Saleh Hemed, who is charged with involvement in the Aug. 7, 1998, bombing. Mr. Kelly said he analyzed 63 pieces of clothing and other items found at the residence of the accused and then sent them to the United States for laboratory analysis and investigation.

Mr. Hemed and five other suspects, who are still at large, are accused of conspiring between May 1 and Aug. 7, 1998, to plant the bomb that killed 11 Tanzanians and injured about 70 others.

Weekly notes …

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir yesterday invited the Sudan People Liberation Movement/Army, led by John Garang, to form a partnership with the governing party to cement what he predicts will be the end of Sudan’s 20-year civil war. In a televised speech to the opening of a National Congress Party’s convention, Mr. Bashir said such a partnership is one of many steps needed to ensure peace. … Police in Harare, Zimbabwe, arrested dozens of demonstrators yesterday, breaking up a march called by the country’s main labor union group to oppose high taxes and soaring prices amid the country’s economic crisis. Policemen were stationed at most street corners.

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