World Watch

June 22, 2001


A Sudanese morgue worker who was convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering two female students at Sana'a University in the Yemen has been publicly executed by firing squad.


Germany's domestic intelligence agency, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, has found evidence of rightwingers gaining a foothold in many student fraternities, according to Bavarian interior minister Günther Beckstein.


The university in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, has reopened after three weeks. It had been closed after a confrontation between troops loyal to the government and dissident soldiers, who had retreated to the campus under fire.


Yamagata University in Japan is to give 400 students £6,000 compensation after they were wrongly told they had failed entrance exams taken between 1997 and this year. A computer error in counting entrance exam points was blamed.


A United States academic at Omsk State University has been warned by Russia's Federal Security Service about engaging in activities incompatible with her teaching. Elizabeth Sweet, who teaches English and economics, sent her students to collect economic data at a defence-related industrial plant. She is unlikely to be deported.


The president of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Georgi Efremov, has resigned amid widespread criticism of his plan to resolve the issue of Macedonia's ethnic Albanians by changing the frontiers with neighbouring Kosovo and Albania.


German opposition leaders have called for the easing of visa restrictions on overseas students to allow specialists to work in the country after graduating. Ulrike Flach, a Free Democrat who heads the Bundestag's research committee, said it made "no sense" for Germany to scour the world for professionals when some of the 100,000 overseas students might want to stay.

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