Bush administration won't allow release of aid to Haiti...

FOREIGN DIGEST

February 08, 2002

Bush administration won't allow release of aid to Haiti

NASSAU, Bahamas - The Bush administration will not drop barriers to release of hundreds of millions of dollars in international aid to Haiti, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said yesterday, noting continuing political unrest.

"We do not believe enough has been done yet to move the political process forward to assure ourselves that additional aid will be used in the most effective way at this time," Powell said during a call to a radio show while attending a meeting on trade and terrorism with Caribbean foreign ministers.

Africa's poverty can affect security in West, says Blair

ABUJA, Nigeria - British Prime Minister Tony Blair said African poverty could have serious effects on Western economies and security, as he began a tour yesterday aimed at promoting a new partnership between the struggling continent and the world's wealthiest nations.

Blair has said he hopes his weeklong visit to Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana and possibly Sierra Leone will help pave the way for agreement by the world's industrialized nations at a June G-8 summit in Canada on implementing the New Partnership for African Development.

After the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, it has become apparent that instability in one corner of the world affects security and prosperity thousands of miles away, Blair said. "Increasingly, we do realize that the world is interdependent."

Priest to face charges in killing Rwanda Tutsis

ARUSHA, Tanzania - A Catholic priest who had been working in Italy surrendered to authorities at the United Nations tribunal to face charges that he took part in the slaughter of Rwanda's Tutsi minority, officials said yesterday.

The Rev. Athanase Seromba, 37, a member of Rwanda's Hutu majority, allegedly ordered the destruction of his church in Nyange, Rwanda, where Tutsis had taken refuge from Hutu attackers.

At least 2,000 Tutsis are thought to have been killed in the incident in April 1994, most of them crushed to death when the church's roof collapsed.

Mandela says his body is clear of cancer

CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Former President Nelson Mandela said yesterday his body is clear of cancer after treatment for prostate cancer last year. Mandela's cancer was caught at a very early stage last year and he underwent seven weeks of radiation therapy.

U.S. envoy derides denial of political killings

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - The U.S. ambassador to Cambodia derided the government's denial that political killings took place during the recent election campaign as "appallingly irresponsible," saying yesterday that several slayings were clearly politically motivated.

Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling Cambodian People's Party won the top offices in 1,600 of 1,621 communes, with 62 percent of the votes in Sunday's election after a campaign marred by the deaths of about 20 rival candidates and activists who opposed the CPP.

Japan leader vows to push Russia to return 4 islands

TOKYO - Japan's prime minister vowed yesterday to push Russia to return four disputed islands, a dispute preventing a peace treaty formally ending World War II.

"We must make it clear that the four islands belong to us," Junichiro Koizumi told an annual government-organized rally. "But we shouldn't be impatient. We should continue our negotiations patiently."

The islands were seized by the Soviet Union in the last few days of World War II, just after it entered the war against Japan.

Associated Press

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