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August 18, 2001


Jamaica: Panel recommends legalized marijuana

A government commission recommended Thursday that marijuana be legalized for personal use by adults a move the government will likely endorse despite opposition from the United States, which has spent millions to eradicate the crop in Jamaica.

"(Marijuana's) reputation among the people as a panacea and a spiritually enhancing substance is so strong that it must be regarded as culturally entrenched," the commission's report said.

The National Commission on Ganja as marijuana is known also said Jamaica should allow the use of marijuana for religious purposes. The island's Rastafarian minority use marijuana as a sacrament.

"My gut feeling is that the commission's recommendations will be followed," said Ralston Smith, an aide to Prime Minister P.J. Patterson.

BERLIN: Neo-Nazi violence continues surge

A wave of neo-Nazi violence continued to show strength in the first half of this year, the German Interior Ministry said Friday.

Police recorded 7,729 right-wing crimes, ranging from use of Nazi symbols to attacks on foreigners, through the end of June. Some 430 involved violence.

Far-right offenses in Germany last year reached their highest level since World War II, officials said.

The figures "make clear that we must not ease our commitment to fight these deeds with all the preventative and repressive means at our disposal," Interior Minister Otto Schily said.

Ukraine: Anthrax symptoms send three to hospital

Three farm workers have been hospitalized with anthrax symptoms this week, officials said Friday.

Another 30 workers of the Rosiya farm in southeastern Ukraine appeared to be healthy after medical examinations, the government reported.

Several anthrax cases have been registered over the past month across Ukraine, including in the carcasses of cows found Monday and Wednesday.

In July, dozens of cows and three horses were killed by anthrax at a farm in the Kiev region, and eight people were hospitalized.

The bacteria that cause anthrax are common among livestock and can be transferred to humans. They cause skin lesions, ulcers, difficulty in breathing and death.

Italy: Court won't release five G-8 protesters

A Genoa court decided Friday that five Germans arrested during last month's Group of Eight riots should remain in detention.

The five Germans were suspected of being members of the Black Bloc, a group of anarchists considered mainly responsible for the riots at the July 20-22 summit.

Police seized black clothes, knives, batons and pictures of the riots. The court said it was enough evidence to keep them detained, according to Italian news reports.

A sixth protester was released.

The riots in Genoa were the most violent since the anti-globalization movement surfaced in Seattle in 1999. In Genoa, 300 protesters were arrested; one protester was shot and killed ; and more than 200 people were injured.

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