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Published Wednesday, August 8, 2001

World Roundup

From Herald Wire Services

JORDAN

ISRAELI DIAMOND DEALER KILLED IN AMMAN HOME

AMMAN -- An Israeli diamond trader living in Jordan was shot and killed in what Jordanian officials said Tuesday appeared to be a financial dispute.

Gunmen killed the Israeli on Monday night, hours after he had returned from Israel to his residence in the Jordanian capital of Amman, a senior Jordanian official close to the investigation said on condition of anonymity.

In Jerusalem, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Yaffa Ben-Ari identified the slain diamond trader as Yitzhak Snir.

His body was found Tuesday morning in the yard of the house where he lived during frequent visits to Jordan, said an Israeli Embassy spokesman.

ZIMBABWE

RULING PARTY MILITANTS ATTACK WHITES FOR LAND

HARARE -- Ruling party militants attacked whites and stoned cars Tuesday near where at least 23 white farmers were arrested the day before for alleged violence against land occupiers.

Three white women were assaulted and cars driven by whites were stoned, witnesses said. Militants also dragged another white person from a shop and attacked a black woman who implored them to stop.

The militants have occupied at least 1,700 white-owned farms in Zimbabwe.

The government of President Robert Mugabe backs the seizure of the farms for redistribution to blacks who are landless, despite a Supreme Court ruling that the occupations are illegal.

VATICAN

MARRIED ARCHBISHOP MEETS WITH POPE

VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II met on Tuesday with an archbishop who was married in one of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's mass weddings and broke his vow of celibacy. The Vatican said it was the start of a dialogue, but its threat to excommunicate the archbishop remains.

The Rev. Emmanuel Milingo had his audience with the pope at the pontiff's summer retreat outside Rome. A Vatican statement said it hoped the meeting could ``lead to positive developments.''

But the Vatican has already threatened to kick Milingo out of the church if he doesn't leave his wife by Aug. 20, sever ties with Moon's movement and remain celibate.

TURKEY

25 PROTESTERS AGAINST SHARON VISIT DETAINED

ISTANBUL -- Police detained 25 people protesting against Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's visit to Turkey this week, Turkish media reported Tuesday.

The protesters, many of them women wearing black Islamic head scarves, gathered on a crowded passenger street in central Istanbul to shout slogans denouncing Sharon and Israel.

GHANA

TRIBE'S HONORARY KING IS BELGIAN BUSINESSMAN

AGBOZUME -- Draped in brightly colored kente cloth, a Belgian businessman has been named the unlikely king of a traditional community in Ghana's lush eastern Volta region.

Muskets blasted and dancers swirled as King Kofi Arthur Paes, 45, was sworn in as honorary leader of about 60,000 people from the Ewe tribe living in the market town of Agbozume and surrounding villages.

The ceremony took place July 14.

Grasping a traditional sword, he pledged to promote development in the largely agricultural region of West Africa -- paying attention to improving the local secondary school.

Paes returned home to Maasmechelen soon after the ceremony, but has promised to make frequent visits to Ghana, where he hopes to help promote local industries, including pineapple and salt production.

SPAIN

BIRD-CATCHING BATS FEAST IN MID-AIR

MADRID -- Spanish scientists say a species of giant bat whose habitat includes a park in downtown Seville catches birds and eats them in mid-air.

Many of the 1,000-plus bat species eat insects, although others like fruit and a few drink mammal or bird blood.

About a dozen species in tropical areas eat birds occasionally, usually as they roost or sleep, said Javier Juste, a biologist based at the Donana Nature Reserve in southern Spain.

But the species known as the greater noctule bat, which has a wing span of up to 1 1/2 feet -- making it Europe's largest bat -- seems to be the first known to systematically capture birds in flight and devour them in mid-air, Juste said.


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