- The Washington Times - Monday, November 6, 2006


Garcia wins public’s respect

LIMA — In just 100 days, President Alan Garcia has made Peruvians forget the food shortages, four-digit inflation and guerrilla violence that marred his first government in the 1980s.

The once reviled leader now has an approval rating near 60 percent after preaching responsible, thrifty government and increased spending on social programs. He has even managed to sail safely through a potential crisis over reports that he recently fathered a child out of wedlock.

As he approached the 100th day of his current term Sunday, Mr. Garcia seemed to concede that he is still on a political honeymoon and said it would take time for his investment-boosting efforts to pay off.


Bombs precede Calderon inauguration

MEXICO CITY — Bombs exploded at Mexico’s top electoral court, an opposition party’s headquarters and a bank in the capital yesterday, blowing out windows and causing other structural damage but injuring no one.

The devices went off simultaneously just after midnight and unnerved some investors worried about political instability before President-elect Felipe Calderon takes office on Dec. 1. The Mexican peso fell against the dollar.

At a branch of Canada’s Scotiabank, in the south of Mexico City, the explosion tore apart the metal and glass facade of the bank.


Men, women show weight gain

OTTAWA — Canadian men and women are fatter than they were 10 years ago, but they are putting on weight more slowly than in the past, a study by Statistics Canada showed yesterday.

The survey, which tracked the weight of adults at two-year intervals from 1996 to 2005, found that men gained an average of 8.8 pounds during the period and women put on an average 7.5 pounds.

However, the trend showed a surprising change from 2002 to 2005, when their average weight gain was significantly lower than in previous intervals.

Weekly notes …

Brazil, which has the world’s largest rain forest, will ask rich nations to back a plan to help it slow deforestation at global climate talks this week, a senior environmental official said. Officials from dozens of nations are meeting in Kenya for the 12th round of U.N. global climate talks since 1992. … A Chilean judge said yesterday that he has completed an investigation into Peru’s request for the extradition of former President Alberto Fujimori, arrested a year ago in Santiago, Chile’s capital. Judge Orlando Alvarez said: “I’ve closed the investigation and now I can study the evidence,” adding that a verdict could be reached by the end of the year. Mr. Fujimori fled Peru for Japan to avoid prosecution when his second term as president collapsed in a corruption scandal.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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