More Peacekeepers Needed

In Haiti, Brazilian Officer Says

SAO PAULO -- The Brazilian-led U.N. peacekeeping force in Haiti does not have enough troops to stop renewed conflict following the takeover of two towns by armed groups, a Brazilian army colonel said on Thursday.

"The U.N. should, at this moment, have more than 6,000 men for the full restoration of security. Only about 2,500 have arrived. This gap needs to be filled by somebody," said Col. Luiz Felipe Carbonell, spokesman for the Brazilian contingent.

Former soldiers who helped to overthrow President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's government in an armed revolt in February have taken control of the southern towns of Jacmel and Petit-Goave.


* BUENOS AIRES -- A federal court acquitted five men of being accessories to the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center that killed 85 people, the deadliest terrorist attack on Argentine soil. In a nationally televised verdict, a three-judge panel cleared four former provincial police officers and a former used-car salesman accused of supplying the van used in the attack, which also injured about 300 people.

* MEXICO CITY -- U.S. authorities extradited Rogelio Montemayor, the disgraced former head of Mexico's state oil monopoly, Pemex, to face corruption charges in his homeland.


* JOHANNESBURG -- Thousands of South African public servants staged some of the biggest protests since the end of apartheid, pressuring the government for wage increases for teachers, nurses and other workers.


* RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- One Saudi policeman was killed and two wounded in a shootout with suspected militants, the latest clash in the oil-rich kingdom, which is battling al Qaeda supporters, a security source said.

* CAIRO -- Egypt's antiquities chief announced the discovery of a 2,500-year-old hidden tomb under the shadow of one of Giza's three giant pyramids, containing 400 miniature statues and six coffin-size niches carved into granite.

* GAZA -- Israeli forces shot dead four Palestinians, including a 14-year-old, and wounded dozens more in a major raid into Gaza days after the first suicide bombing in Israel in nearly six months. In Gaza City, a Palestinian official announced at a rally that Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails had ended an 18-day hunger strike "after 90 percent of their demands" for better conditions were met.


* LONDON -- Britain appointed its first black High Court judge, and she predicted she would be "the first of many." Linda Dobbs, 53, became the first black lawyer promoted beyond the ranks of circuit judges, who hear lesser cases.

-- From News Services