- The Washington Times - Monday, September 12, 2005

CANADA

Corruption report put off to Feb. 1

OTTAWA — A report on a Canadian corruption scandal will be issued in February, officials said yesterday, pushing a likely federal election to March or April.

Prime Minister Paul Martin promised to call an election within 30 days of the probe’s final report, originally set for Dec. 15, but a spokesman for the inquiry said the workload was greater than expected and that the release date now was Feb. 1. A delay will please legislators from Mr. Martin’s ruling Liberal Party, who had complained about the difficulty of campaigning in the chilly weather of January and February.

Investigators are examining how government funds amounting to U.S. $85 million were funneled to firms with close connections to the Liberals. The scandal has harmed Mr. Martin’s party, which has a minority of seats in Parliament and relies on support from other parties to stay in power.

CHILE

Lagos honors victims of Pinochet’s rule

SANTIAGO — President Ricardo Lagos urged 5,000 marchers to heal wounds opened 32 years ago, when Chile’s military bombed the presidential palace in Santiago, starting a 17-year dictatorship under Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

Outside the palace, Mr. Lagos commemorated the thousands of regime opponents who died under Gen. Pinochet’s rule. The president was in the company of relatives of Salvador Allende, the elected president toppled in the coup, who committed suicide on Sept. 11, 1973.

“This is not about forgetting the past,” Mr. Lagos told reporters. “It is about airing the experiences so that these things do not happen again.” The throng marched from Heroes Square to the General Cemetery, where about 3,000 people killed under the dictatorship are buried.

COSTA RICA

Sea turtle tracked halfway to Africa

JOHANNESBURG — Aitkanti the sea turtle has braved fishing nets and shark-infested waters in her swim from breeding grounds in South America but is only halfway to the rich feeding waters off West Africa.

The endangered leatherback turtle was tagged in Suriname on June 25 with a satellite transmitter, and the public can track her progress across the Atlantic on the Internet at www.panda.org. “This is the first time the public can trace the movements of so many sea turtles online,” Carlos Drews of the World Wildlife Fund said from his office in Costa Rica.

The turtle has swum 1,800 miles and dived to depths of a half-mile — more than twice the depth reached by the most intrepid human scuba divers. She is one of 11 leatherbacks, the world’s largest turtles, tagged in June and July and tracked to raise awareness about turtle conservation. One of the 11 has perished.

Weekly notes

Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Mexico on Sunday on a three-day state visit to sign trade and cooperation accords with President Vicente Fox. Mr. Hu, traveling with his wife, Liu Yongquing, arrived from Canada on a Chinese air force plane and will go to New York for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly session this week. … France says it will increase aid to Haiti, after European sanctions on the island nation were lifted during the weekend. Brigitte Girardin, France’s junior minister for cooperation, announced in Haiti that Paris has earmarked more than $3 million for education and battling AIDS, in addition to about $45 million in assistance to the former French colony. She said the European Union’s lifting of sanctions unblocked nearly $90 million in assistance to Haiti.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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