World watch

October 5, 2001

Santa Marta

The body of Consuelo Araœjo, the former Colombian culture minister who was kidnapped by the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces leftist guerrilla group last week, was found on Sunday in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in the country's north. Ms Araújo, who was married to Colombian procurator-general Edgardo Maya, had been shot twice.


Czech education minister Eduard Zeman will ask the European Investment Bank for a €64.7 million (£40 million) loan to increase university funding. Rectors have been pressing the government for a funding boost to increase undergraduate admissions and pay off debts.


Armed security agents have been deployed around the campus of University of Mauritania in Nouakchott in an attempt to prevent a group of radical Islamic students from carrying out an anti-American demonstration in the capital city. Unsigned pamphlets accuse the United States of contemplating "unholy" military attacks against Afghanistan.


One student was killed and several lecturers arrested during protests at the University of Congo. Students and lecturers were demonstrating against the refusal of controlling rebel forces to allow Democratic Republic of Congo government officials to pay salaries and to give students their bursaries.


About 200 students from West African countries studying at the University of Sudan in Khartoum staged a peaceful demonstration outside their embassies demanding that they be repatriated. They claimed that they were expelled from their rooms by university authorities because they protested against the killing of a student and that they feared for their lives. Campus police said the man who was later killed had refused to identify himself when the police carried out a late-night security check.


Teaching and administrative staff at Brazil's federal universities, who have been on strike since August, have rejected an offer from education minister Paulo Renato Souza to return to work for a 50 per cent pay rise. The staff are insisting on a statutory rise of 75 per cent.


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