- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 19, 2005


Bishops, nuns protest same-sex ‘marriage’

MADRID — Bishops and nuns marched with hundreds of thousands of Spaniards through Madrid yesterday to protest same-sex “marriage” in the culmination of months of tension between Catholics and Spain’s Socialist government.

Sister Trinidad, a nun for 30 years, marched for the first time yesterday. “It has reached such a point of aggressive hostility that we have to defend ourselves,” she said.

Several bishops joined the protest — in what a spokesman had said was exceptional conduct for a unique historic situation. The main opposition Popular Party also supported the march, the third demonstration it has backed in as many weeks.

Organizers, who said the march was pro-family rather than anti-homosexual, said there were 1.5 million to 2 million protesters. The government said there were 166,000.


Taliban rebels take police captive

KANDAHAR — Taliban rebels ambushed a police convoy in southern Afghanistan, taking at least 10 officers and a district police chief captive, while fighting elsewhere left six insurgents and an Afghan soldier dead, officials said yesterday.

The attack on the convoy occurred Thursday as it was traveling from Kandahar to the district of Miana Shien, about 60 miles northeast of Kandahar, said deputy provincial police chief Gen. Salim Khan.

In other violence, rebels attacked a government office yesterday in Zabul province’s Daychopan district and an ensuing two-hour gunbattle left four insurgents dead.


Wolfowitz meets with Mandela

SOWETO — World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz met former South African President Nelson Mandela and played soccer with children in the Soweto township yesterday as he continued his tour of Africa.

The former U.S. deputy defense secretary, who was one of the architects of the Iraq war and says Africa will be his priority in his new role, was surrounded by 20 orphans and abused children at a hostel in the Soweto townships.

“He is a loving and kind man. Not a lot of people come to this center and think about us. He cares,” said 15-year-old Mahlodi Mashiawe, an abused child now living in the Salvation Army’s Carl Sithole Children’s Center.


Militants free German hostages

LAGOS — Two German and four Nigerian oil workers kidnapped by militants in Nigeria’s southern delta were released yesterday after three days in captivity, a state government spokesman said.

The six employees of oil-services company Bilfinger-Berger, a contractor for Royal Dutch Shell, were abducted Wednesday by a little-known ethnic group pressing the oil giant for jobs and development in the impoverished wetlands region.

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