- The Washington Times - Friday, June 17, 2005

ARUBA

Another detained over missing teen

ORANJESTAD — A fourth person has been detained in Aruba in the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway, authorities announced yesterday.

The person “suspected of being involved” in Miss Holloway’s disappearance was identified by the attorney general’s office only as a 26-year-old with the initials S.G.C.

Also in custody are 17-year-old Joran van der Sloot, the son of a justice official on Aruba, and his two friends, Surinamese brothers Deepak Kalpoe, 21, and Satish Kalpoe, 18.

ERITREA

U.S. announces more food aid

ASMARA — The United States announced yesterday it would provide an additional 200,000 tons of wheat to alleviate hunger in the Horn of Africa nation.

The extra humanitarian assistance is part of a $674 million aid package for Africa announced by President Bush early this month, a statement said. The United States has already donated a total of 53,905 tons to the impoverished country.

The United Nations, which last year appealed for $157 million for the country, estimates that some 2.2 million of Eritrea’s 3.8 million people need humanitarian aid this year as a result of drought and conflict with neighboring Ethiopia.

VATICAN CITY

Beatification of French priest suspended

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has put the planned beatification of a French priest on hold after complaints emerged about anti-Semitism in his writings, an official said yesterday.

The Rev. Leon Dehon, who lived from 1843 to 1925 and founded the priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus religious order, had been approved for beatification in a ceremony in St. Peter’s Square on April 24. That ceremony was postponed because of the death of Pope John Paul II and the election of Pope Benedict XVI.

The French Catholic newspaper La Croix reported that Father Dehon wrote that Jews were “united in their hatred of Jesus” and were enemies of Christians.

CAMBODIA

Ex-worker with grudge led school assault

SIEM REAP — A man driven by a grudge against his former employer spearheaded an assault on an international school, taking dozens of children hostage and silencing a crying a 2-year-old Canadian boy by shooting him in the head, police said yesterday.

The 23-year-old ringleader purportedly persuaded three friends to don masks and storm the school in the town of Siem Reap on Thursday. Police say the men, all in their early 20s, wanted to extort money from the foreigners and Cambodians whose children attend the school near Angkor Wat temple complex — the biggest tourist attraction in this impoverished country. The children, aged from about 2 to 6 years, came from about 15 countries.

BRITAIN

Church of England gets first black archbishop

LONDON — A Ugandan-born cleric who opposes homosexual priests in the Anglican church and is a foe of the U.S.-led war in Iraq was named yesterday as the first black archbishop in the nearly 500-year history of the Church of England.

The Right Rev. John Sentamu, 56, now bishop of Birmingham, was appointed by the British government as archbishop of York, the church’s second-highest position after Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who leads the worldwide Anglican communion.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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