- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 9, 2005

NORTHERN IRELAND

IRA orders killers to come forward

BELFAST — The Irish Republican Army said yesterday it had ordered anyone involved with the fatal stabbing of a Catholic man to come forward.

The IRA said it had met with the family of Robert McCartney, who turned down their offer to shoot the men responsible for his death and said they wanted the courts to deal with the killers.

The 33-year-old was beaten and stabbed in a bar at the end of January by a group that included several IRA members. His family has said the IRA cleaned the bar of evidence and intimidated witnesses, an accusation that has plunged the guerrilla group and its political ally Sinn Fein into crisis.

UGANDA

Man-eating croc captured on shore

KAMPALA — A giant crocodile thought to have devoured as many as 80 people has been captured on the shores of Lake Victoria in the eastern town of Lugaga, officials said yesterday.

Five Uganda Wildlife Authority rangers and dozens of fishermen waited three nights for the crocodile to appear before trapping it with nets, ropes and cables.

The reptile, 11 feet long and weighing as much as 1 ton, was moved to a crocodile farm to save it from a mob of furious villagers wanting to avenge the deaths of fishermen they say it ate in recent years.

NETHERLANDS

Emigration hits 50-year high

THE HAGUE — During a 50-year emigration high, 49,000 Dutch nationals left the Netherlands last year, according to figures published Monday by the Central Bureau of Statistics.

The bureau said that most of the people, who left mainly for neighboring Belgium and Germany, emigrated for work or for personal relationships. Other reasons cited were lower taxes and cheaper housing in neighboring countries.

FRANCE

Prime minister plans visit to Israel

PARIS — Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin will go to Israel next week in an effort to improve relations, his office said yesterday.

Mr. Raffarin, a conservative, is to speak with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Tuesday and attend the inauguration of Israel’s new Holocaust museum during the visit.

Mr. Raffarin will be the most senior French leader to visit Israel since the start of a Palestinian uprising in September 2000. He will not meet with any Palestinian leaders or visit the West Bank or Gaza Strip.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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