- The Washington Times - Monday, October 17, 2005

CANADA

Winnipeg becomes murder capital

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — By all accounts, Philippe Haiart was a lovable young man. Friends described the 6-foot-3-inch, 220-pound 17-year-old as easygoing and the life of a party. In his spare time, he liked to eat, sleep and watch hockey.

A week ago, Mr. Haiart was walking though an empty parking lot 15 minutes from his home when a bullet fired from a house across the street hit him in the stomach.

He staggered down a main road, then collapsed in front of a pizza shop. Within hours, he was dead.

Mr. Haiart was the 22nd homicide victim in Winnipeg this year. The Toronto Globe and Mail reports that according to Statistics Canada, the city is now the country’s murder capital, with the highest per capita murder rate of its nine largest urban areas.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Japanese emigrants sue over farmland

TOKYO — A Japanese man explained yesterday, in a final hearing of a damage lawsuit against the Japanese government, how he and fellow emigrants to the Dominican Republic suffered as a result of a 1950s government-sponsored program.

“There is no limit to the suffering and emotional scars the emigrants experienced in the 49 years since the settlement,” Toru Takegama, 67, said in Tokyo District Court. Mr. Takegama emigrated at age 18 with his family.

TRINIDAD

Muslims questioned after nightclub blast

PORT-OF-SPAIN — An Islamic leader and five other persons detained for questioning in a bombing outside a nightclub that injured 10 persons were released Sunday, police said.

Jamaat al-Muslimeen leader Yasin Abu Bakr, 63, and four teenagers spent 36 hours in police custody for questioning, Trinidad Police Commissioner Trevor Paul said. Another man arrested near the scene of the blast also was released. “We have released them, but our investigations are ongoing,” Commissioner Paul said.

Weekly notes …

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will sign three agreements in Moscow today on space cooperation with Russia, the Brazilian Embassy announced yesterday. Alexander Sant’Ana, an embassy spokesman, said: “The first agreement concerns a Brazilian astronaut; the second, cooperation between the Brazilian and Russian space agencies; and the third, creation of a committee on space cooperation.” … Heavy rains causing mudslides on Colombia’s mountains have killed at least 43 persons and left 22 missing, officials said yesterday. Seasonal rains continue pounding the country’s northwest. Officials appealed for aid and medicine, saying this year’s rainy season is the worst in five years and the death toll is likely to rise.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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