Colombian Child Murderer Sentenced
BOGOTA, Colombia--A man who confessed to molesting and killing 140 children was sentenced to 52 years for murdering one boy and raping another, a newspaper reported yesterday.
Luis Alfredo Garavito, the drifter accused of sexually abusing and murdering scores of homeless and poor children during a seven-year rampage, was found guilty in the 1996 slaying of an 11-year-old in the north-central city of Tunja, the Bogota daily El Tiempo reported.
Guatemala Institutes Army Doctrine
GUATEMALA CITY--Guatemalan President Alvaro Arzu has unveiled a new code of conduct for the country's military, saying the army--in the past blamed for abuses against civilians--is now committed to peace, human rights and national reconciliation.
But the new doctrine was quickly criticized by civilian groups as the product of a still secretive and insulated military.
"The doctrine fulfills the commitments to the peace accords," said Arzu during a ceremony late Thursday, referring to the 1996 peace accords signed between the government and leftist rebels that ended 36 years of civil war.
Two Argentines Killed During Protest
BUENOS AIRES--Two men were shot to death and more than 40 people were injured in clashes between paramilitary police and public servants demanding overdue pay in Argentina's chaotic northern province of Corrientes. The two men, aged 18 and 26, both died after being shot in the chest, said Julio Fidel, director of the San Martin Hospital of the province's capital, also called Corrientes.
Government officials accused leftist agitators of carrying guns and it was not clear who shot the men, one of whom had been among protesters manning a roadblock on a bridge.
Ninth Body Found at Mexican Ranch
MEXICO CITY--Searchers have uncovered the remains of a ninth body buried at ranches they believe were used by a major drug gang near the U.S.-Mexico border, officials said Thursday. The discovery, reported by the Mexican attorney general's office, was the first in more than a week at the four ranches being searched by Mexican troops and police and the FBI.
Teenager in Pop Star Case Resurfaces
MEXICO CITY--A teenager whose disappearance led to charges against fugitive Mexican pop star Gloria Trevi and her agent has reappeared, defending the two and saying she was not mistreated. Karina Yapor, 17, who reappeared Thursday, is at the center of the storm over Trevi and her agent, Sergio Andrade, who have dropped out of sight and are being sought by Interpol, the international police agency.
U.S. Policemen Injured in Kosovo
PRISTINA, Yugoslavia--Two U.S. policemen serving with the NATO-led peacekeeping mission in Kosovo were seriously injured while trying to break up a brawl between Serbs and ethnic Albanians--the second violent incident involving Americans in the Serbian province this week.
The two men were struck in the head by stones during a melee Thursday between rival ethnic groups in Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovo's most ethnically mixed city, U.N. police spokesman Gilles Moreau said. The injuries were serious but not life-threatening, he said. The men's names were not made public.
Serbian Opposition to End Protests
BELGRADE--Serbia's Alliance for Change opposition, faced with dwindling turnouts, said it would end its "Milosevic Must Go" street protests in Belgrade after 89 consecutive days.
Today's rally in the capital will be the last in the series of daily demonstrations demanding the resignation of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, the Alliance, one wing of a divided opposition, announced.
Prosecutors Consider Charging Kohl BERLIN--German prosecutors said they were considering bringing charges against Helmut Kohl over financial irregularities after the former chancellor admitted he accepted secret cash donations while in office.
A spokesman for the state prosecutor's office in Bonn said they were examining Kohl's confession on a television program that he took secret campaign donations totaling between $780,000 and $1.04 million.
Prosecutors are exploring whether to charge Kohl with fraud, misuse of power or money-laundering following complaints filed by private citizens. They have requested documents from Kohl and will decide by next Wednesday whether to bring charges.
THE MIDDLE EAST
Jordan Questions Bin Laden Associate
AMMAN, Jordan--Jordanian authorities were questioning a man linked to Osama bin Laden and suspected of leading a group planning terrorist attacks on tourist sites and U.S. targets in the kingdom during millennium celebrations, Jordanian and Pakistani officials said.
The man, identified by the Jordanians as Khalil Deek, was extradited from Pakistan on Thursday, two days after he was apprehended in his home in Peshawar on that country's border with Afghanistan, a Jordanian official said.
The extradition brings to 14 the number of people detained this week in Jordan and said to be affiliated with bin Laden, the suspected terrorist and exiled Saudi dissident.
Rwanda Demands Apology From U.N.
NAIROBI--Still fuming at the United Nations for abandoning their country in its "hour of need," Rwandan officials demanded an explicit, formal apology for the world body's failure to halt the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
Officials said U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan's expression of "deep remorse" was not enough. Annan's remarks came after the release of a report on Thursday rebuking the United Nations and its members for failing to heed warnings of mass extermination plans and not acting to stop the Hutu government-sponsored killings once they began.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"They have done the right thing and they acted with great dignity."
-- Madeleine K. Albright, secretary of state, speaking of Germany's pledge of $5.2 billion to compensate Nazi-era slave workers and other victims.