3 dead, 100 injured in violent protests of Bangladesh...

FOREIGN DIGEST

October 04, 2001

3 dead, 100 injured in violent protests of Bangladesh election

DHAKA, Bangladesh - At least three people were killed and more than 100 injured in violent protests across Bangladesh yesterday against the surprise landslide election victory of Begum Khaleda Zia.

Supporters of her defeated rival Sheikh Hasina, who accuses Khaleda of rigging a Monday election declared by monitors to have been free and fair, fought with police and rival activists outside the capital, Dhaka.

"We are asking the caretaker government to scrap Monday's election, which has been rigged, by Oct. 10," Hasina, who stepped down as prime minister in July, told reporters yesterday.

Colombian ex-general survives murder attempt

BOGOTA, Colombia - A retired Colombian army general and former intelligence chief involved in a hard-liner's presidential campaign survived a shooting by unknown assailants, officials said yesterday.

Ricardo Cifuentes was approached by two gunmen and shot in the jaw Tuesday night on the streets of Duitama, 114 miles northeast of Bogota, local police said. He is recovering from his injuries, officials said.

Cifuentes is campaign director for conservative presidential candidate Alvaro Uribe in Boyaca state, where Duitama is located. Uribe has been a staunch critic of leftist guerrillas, calling for a harder government stance in peace talks with the nation's largest rebel faction, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

Allied planes again attack installations in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Allied warplanes attacked military installations in southern Iraq yesterday, the second strike in two days. Iraq said two civilians were killed.

One person also was injured in the attacks on "civil and service installations," a military spokesman was quoted as saying by state-run Iraqi News Agency.

A U.S. military official said yesterday that warplanes had bombed two anti-aircraft artillery sites in Shahban, 225 miles southeast of Baghdad. Chief Petty Officer David Nagle, a spokesman for the Saudi-based U.S.-British Joint Task Force Southwest Asia, said the bombings were in response to threats against aircraft patrolling the southern no-fly zone.

Bribery jail sentence for Russian suspended

MOSCOW - Former Russian justice minister Valentin Kovalyov was handed a nine-year suspended jail sentence yesterday for embezzlement and bribe-taking, Russian news agencies reported.

Kovalyov, a justice minister under Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin in 1995, was charged with embezzling more than 1 billion old-value rubles ($34,000 at today's rates) from a public foundation that he set up.

U.N. reschedules debate among world leaders

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. General Assembly's annual debate of world leaders, postponed after the hijack attacks Sept. 11, has been scaled down and rescheduled for Nov. 10-16, a spokesman said yesterday.

Speeches will be limited to 15 minutes.

The general debate of the 189-nation General Assembly initially had been scheduled to start Sept. 24 with a speech by U.S. President Bush and to end tomorrow.

Japanese nationalists plan more school textbooks

TOKYO - A group of scholars who raised anger across Asia by glossing over Japan's wartime brutality in a junior high school textbook plan to write books for elementary and high school students, officials said yesterday.

The nationalist scholars are writing the books because they believe continuity in education is important, said Masaharu Miyazaki, a spokesman for the Japanese Society for History Textbook Reform.

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