- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 21, 2005


Ex-dictator Pinochet suffers a stroke

SANTIAGO, Chile — Gen. Augusto Pinochet suffered a stroke yesterday and was rushed to a hospital, his son said, a day before a court considers whether Chile’s ex-dictator may be tried for abductions of opponents to his regime.

Gen. Pinochet, 89, lost consciousness at his home in Santiago’s La Dehesa neighborhood, and family members took him to the military hospital, the sources said.

It was the second stroke for the former dictator in just over a month. He suffered another on May 19 at his country home.


12-year-old girl rescued by lions

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — A 12-year-old girl who was abducted and beaten by men trying to force her into a marriage was found being guarded by three lions who apparently had chased off her captors, a policeman said yesterday.

The girl, missing for a week, had been taken by seven men who wanted to force her to marry one of them, said Sgt. Wondimu Wedajo, speaking by telephone from the provincial capital of Bita Genet, about 350 miles southwest of Addis Ababa.

She was beaten repeatedly before she was found June 9 by police and relatives on the outskirts of Bita Genet, the sergeant said.


Top Vatican envoy in Moscow for talks

MOSCOW — A top Vatican envoy was in Moscow yesterday for sensitive talks to pursue Pope Benedict XVI’s drive for better relations with the Russian Orthodox Church.

Pope Benedict’s predecessor, Pope John Paul II, never fulfilled his dream of visiting Russia after the 1991 collapse of communism because of disputes between the two churches.

Cardinal Walter Kasper, who heads the Vatican’s office for relations with other Christians, arrived late Monday to spend three days in Moscow. He is set to meet with Metropolitan Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s foreign-relations department.


Whaling commission votes to retain ban

ULSAN, South Korea — Countries opposed to the resumption of commercial whaling claimed victory yesterday after the international body that regulates whale hunts upheld a moratorium they call essential to protecting the mammals.

The annual meeting of International Whaling Commission maintained the almost two-decade-old ban on killing whales for profit, dealing a blow to Japan and its allies pressing for a resumption of commercial culls.

Commission members voted 29-23 against the Japanese proposal for regulated sustainable whaling, which needed a three-fourths majority of ballots cast to pass.


Psychiatrist’s comment on gays assailed

MADRID — A row was brewing in Spain yesterday after a psychiatric expert dubbed homosexuality a “pathological” state before the country’s Senate, prompting outrage among homosexual rights groups while the ruling Socialists slammed his “paleolithic” views.

“Homosexuality is a pathology,” said Aquilino Polaino, professor of psychiatry at Madrid’s Catholic University.

He had been called in by opposition right-wing legislators to speak on the issue before the upper house of parliament, which in the coming weeks is to vote on a bill legalizing homosexual “marriages.”

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