Aristide Leaves Jamaica

For Exile in South Africa

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide left for exile in South Africa on Sunday but insisted that his stay there would be temporary.

Shortly before departing Jamaica, Aristide said he remained Haiti's "elected president." He did not say how soon he hoped to return to Haiti but urged his supporters not to resort to violence in the meantime.

Aristide fled Haiti on Feb. 29 during a rebel advance on the capital, Port-au-Prince, and was flown aboard a U.S.-supplied jet to the Central African Republic. He arrived in Jamaica on March 15.

Aristide, his U.S.-born wife, Mildred, their two daughters, a brother-in-law and a bodyguard left on a South African government jet.

South Africa has said it will provide a refuge for Aristide until his situation "normalizes."


* KARACHI, Pakistan -- Thousands of Sunni Muslims rampaged through this volatile city, ransacking property and stoning vehicles, after unidentified gunmen killed an influential pro-Taliban cleric.

Enraged by the drive-by shooting of Mufti Nizamuddin Shamzai, rioters set fire to banks, shops, a police station and a KFC fast-food restaurant and traded gunfire with security forces, leaving more than a dozen people injured.

Tens of thousands of mourners gathered later for the evening funeral, where police fired warning shots above the crowd.

* KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Taliban guerrillas riding in a fleet of vehicles shot up a government office in southern Afghanistan, killing four Afghan soldiers, an official said. One guerrilla also was killed.

The attack came hours after an explosion killed four Special Forces troops traveling in a Humvee, one of the deadliest attacks on U.S. forces trying to stop resurgent militants from disrupting planned national elections.


* MOGADISHU, Somalia -- At least 22 people were killed in fighting around Somalia's main port on Saturday, witnesses said Sunday, taking the death toll to more than 100 in the latest bout of factional clashes in the lawless country.

Fighting has raged for several days near the private El Maan port 22 miles north of the capital, Mogadishu, and radio reports said thousands of people had been forced to leave their homes to escape heavy mortar and gunfire.

the middle east

* JERUSALEM -- An Israeli court rejected a request by Yitzhak Rabin's assassin to marry. Yigal Amir, who is serving a life term for the Nov. 4, 1995, killing of the Israeli prime minister, was seeking permission for a jailhouse ceremony to marry Larisa Trimbobler, who has been visiting him in prison every two weeks for several years.

The Tel Aviv District Court ruled in favor of an earlier decision by prison officials that marriage and conjugal visits are privileges, not basic rights.

The court also ruled that Amir was still regarded as a security threat, and therefore it would be impossible to turn off the cameras, even for a short while, to allow conjugal visits.

-- From News Services