- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 30, 2005

NIGERIA

President accuses deputy of disloyalty

LAGOS — Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has accused his vice president of disloyalty in an increasingly public confrontation that analysts link to a battle for supremacy after general elections in 2007.

The accusation, made on Mr. Obasanjo’s monthly television “Media Chat” on Sunday night, came a day after news of a raid on Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s house in the United States by the FBI investigating suspected corruption.

Mr. Obasanjo said he had discovered “proven cases of doubtful loyalty” by Mr. Abubakar and had confronted his deputy, asking him to deny the charges under oath, but Mr. Abubakar had refused.



VATICAN CITY

Pope meets with head of Lefebvre movement

Pope Benedict XVI met yesterday with the head of the ultraconservative schismatic movement founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, and both sides said they had agreed to take steps to resolve their differences.

Both the Vatican and Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of Archbishop Lefebvre’s Society of St. Pius X, said the meeting was held in a spirit of love for the church, but the society has spurned previous efforts by the Vatican to bring it back into the fold.

Archbishop Lefebvre founded the Switzerland-based society in 1969, opposed to the liberalizing reforms of the 1962-65 Second Vatican Council. He was excommunicated in 1988 after consecrating four bishops without Rome’s consent and died in 1991.

POLAND

Walesa says John Paul inspired Solidarity

WARSAW — Lech Walesa, the shipyard electrician who helped topple Poland’s communist regime by founding the Solidarity movement in 1980, credited the late Pope John Paul II as his inspiration at 25th anniversary celebrations yesterday.

Mr. Walesa, who became his country’s first postwar democratic president, said John Paul’s visit to his native Poland in 1979 gave his countrymen the courage to stand up to the communist leaders.

The Solidarity trade union movement was born through strikes in the Baltic Polish city of Gdansk and elsewhere in Poland in the summer of 1980.

SRI LANKA

1 killed in bombing of Tamil newspaper

COLOMBO — Attackers on a bicycle hurled grenades at a Tamil-language newspaper office in the capital, killing a security guard, police said yesterday.

The attack on the Sudar Oli newspaper, purportedly linked to the country’s Tamil Tiger rebels, came eight days after two bombs were thrown at another office of the newspaper in Colombo.

Last week, a Sudar Oli photographer was assaulted and arrested while covering a Marxist party protest in the capital. The protesters accused him of being a Tamil rebel.

GERMANY

School reopens 3 years after shooting

ERFURT — A German high school where a former student killed 16 persons and then himself during a shooting rampage three years ago was officially reopened yesterday in a ceremony attended by Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.

The Gutenberg high school has undergone a $12.3 million renovation since April 26, 2002, when 19-year-old Robert Steinhaeuser shot 12 teachers, a secretary, two students and a police officer before turning his gun on himself.

RUSSIA

Ministry apologizes for delaying senators

KIEV — Russia apologized yesterday for keeping two U.S. senators waiting for three hours in a Russian airport after border guards expressed concerns about letting the U.S. military flight depart without an inspection of the plane.

Sens. Richard G. Lugar, Indiana Republican and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Barack Obama, Illinois Democrat, arrived in the Ukrainian capital later than expected after the delay in Russia’s Ural Mountain city of Perm on Sunday night.

Both the Russians and Americans moved to draw a line under the incident, which officials said was unlikely to provoke a serious uproar in relations. The apology came from the Russian Foreign Ministry after the senators had visited sites where weapons of mass destruction are stored.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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