World watch

June 29, 2001

Former Azerbaijani education minister Rafig Feyzullayev, jailed for 12 years in February for corruption and misappropriation of state funds, was found dead in his cell a day before his appeal was due to go to the Supreme Court.

Port Moresby
Police in Papua New Guinea fired on students at the main university campus in Port Moresearly on Tuesday, killing at least four and injuring 24, 11 critically. The shootings followed a five-day occupation of the prime minister's offices in protest against privatisation.

Two Iranian student journalists have been jailed and 15 others have been summoned to appear at the local media court over articles in Yazd University's students' magazine, banned after Islamic groups' complaints. The arrests of intellectuals on charges of subversion have been criticised by a group of former Iranian MPs in an open letter to the judiciary chief. 

The director of the Belarus office of a US exchange scheme has been arrested on drugs charges. Charles Daniel Periello works for Accels, an arm of The American Councils that sponsors exchanges and professional training in Eastern Europe and former Soviet states. 

Italy discriminated against foreign-language lecturers in universities by not recognising their acquired rights "when such rights are guaranteed to all Italian national workers", the European Court of Justice ruled this week.

Michel Tabachnik, a conductor and professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, has been acquitted of charges of criminal complicity in the suicides of 74 members of the Order of the Solar Temple sect, in 1994 and 1995 in Canada, France and Switzerland.

Benin City
The Federal University of Benin, in Benin City, Nigeria, has begun collaborative work with a California-based company to explore the cancer-fighting potential of a local herb. 

The Tokyo University of Foreign Studies has chosen a woman as its new president. Setsuho Ikehata, a 61-year-old professor of modern Philippine history, will be Japan's first female president of a co-ed state-run university.



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