- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 18, 2004


Paramilitary leader acquitted of killing

PORT-AU-PRINCE — A jury yesterday acquitted a leader of a paramilitary group blamed in the killings of about 3,000 people, after a 14-hour murder trial that angered human rights groups and provoked criticism of the new U.S.-backed government.

Louis-Jodel Chamblain, who remains jailed on another charge, was acquitted of the killing of Antoine Izmery, an importer who bankrolled Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s presidential bid in 1990, the year before he was ousted in a coup.


Cougar attacks 5-year-old camper

VANCOUVER — Canadian wildlife officials warned visitors to Jasper National Park yesterday to be on the alert for cougars after one of the animals attacked a 5-year-old boy.

The boy escaped with minor injuries when he was knocked down by the big cat while on a family camping trip on Saturday near an eastern entrance to the park in the Rocky Mountains of western Alberta.

The boy’s father and other adults chased away the animal.


Rebel warlord abandons gains

KABUL — An Afghan warlord abandoned his gains in the country’s latest burst of factional fighting yesterday, after the United States brokered a cease-fire and sent warplanes circling overhead.

Amanullah Khan, the commander of a militia that has been battering troops loyal to the governor of western Herat province, said he retreated from positions near Herat city.


Hutu extremists sought in massacre

BUJUMBURA — Burundi and Rwanda threatened yesterday to send soldiers into the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo to hunt down Hutu extremists responsible for slaughtering more than 160 Congolese Tutsi refugees at a U.N. camp in Burundi — deployments that could reignite a regional conflict in this part of Africa.

A spokesman for the Congolese government, Henri Mova Sakanyi, said his nation wanted to resolve the situation diplomatically, but would be “obliged to react” if foreign troops crossed its border.


Angry protesters shot by police

PATNA — Indian police opened fire on an angry mob protesting what they said was the unfair distribution of relief for flood victims in the impoverished eastern state of Bihar, killing three persons, officials said yesterday.

More than 1,800 people have died in South Asia’s worst monsoon flooding in at least 15 years. Bihar is one of the worst affected states and is still partly submerged.

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