Tuesday, May 10, 2005


Net user charged with pornography

BELGRADE — Serbian police said yesterday they arrested a man suspected of exchanging child pornography on the Internet in the first such case in the Balkan republic.

Acting upon data given by the FBI that a suspect had been exchanging child pornography over the Internet with people in the United States, police arrested the 19-year-old man from the western town of Sabac two weeks ago, police spokesman Zoran Djokic said.

If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.


Conservatives demand election

OTTAWA — Despite a softening in their polling numbers, Canada’s opposition Conservatives said yesterday they are eager to take down the minority Liberal government at the earliest opportunity. A vote to censure the government, which could bring down the government if it passes, is set for Parliament today.

“We want to see an election now — N-O-W — as soon as possible,” Conservative spokesman Geoff Norquay said.

His party is confident of an election victory because of growing public anger over corruption accusations against the Liberal government, which was elected 10 months ago.


Human rights group slams crackdown

LONDON — Amnesty International today called on the government of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to stop harassing human rights campaigners, a group it said had been under “sustained attack” in recent years.

“Hundreds of ordinary Zimbabweans, who have fought to protect the rights of their fellow citizens, have faced intimidation, arbitrary arrest, assault and torture at the hands of a government intent on concealing its violation of human rights,” said Kolawole Olaniyan, head of the group’s Africa program.

Mr. Mugabe, who was re-elected in March in presidential elections criticized by overseas monitoring groups as unfair, has faced sustained international pressure in recent years over the country’s human rights record.


Dog rescues abandoned baby

NAIROBI — A newborn baby abandoned in a Kenyan forest was saved by a stray dog who apparently carried her across a busy road and through a barbed-wire fence to a shed where the infant was discovered nestled with a litter of puppies, witnesses said yesterday.

The baby girl, named “Angel” by hospital workers, was clad in a tattered shirt and wrapped in a plastic bag when the dog found her Friday, said Aggrey Mwalimu, owner of the shed where the baby was discovered in a poor neighborhood in the capital, Nairobi.

The 7-pound, 4-ounce infant was taken to a hospital and “is doing well, responding to treatment. She is stable. She is on antibiotics,” said Hannah Gakuo, spokeswoman of the Kenyatta National Hospital.

They eventually found the tan mixed-breed dog lying protectively with a puppy beside the mud-splattered baby wrapped in a torn black shirt. The short-haired dog with light brown eyes has no name, residents said.

Doctors think the baby had been abandoned about two days before the dog discovered her.

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