In Brief

In Brief

Belafonte says Bush a tyrant, terrorist

CARACAS, Venezuela

American singer and activist Harry Belafonte accused U.S. President George W. Bush of ignoring the American poor and wrongly starting the war in Iraq.

Belafonte elaborated on his criticisms Monday, a day after calling Bush a "tyrant" and "the greatest terrorist in the world" during an appearance on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's weekly TV and radio broadcast. The 79-year-old said the Bush administration's harsh criticism of Chavez was among the reasons why he came to Venezuela with a delegation of Americans curious to learn about what is happening in the South American country.

"I thought it was best that since it was George W. Bush who was very busy denouncing an awful lot of people as tyrants, as oppressors, as violators of human rights... that he was my greatest alarm and my signal for why I should really come here and pay a visit," Belafonte said.

Flowers loses bid


A former lover of U.S. President Bill Clinton on Monday lost her effort to revive a defamation case against his wife, Senator Hillary Clinton, and two of the former president's top aides.

Former cabaret singer Gennifer Flowers came to public attention during the 1992 presidential campaign when she described a 12-year affair with Clinton, who later acknowledged a relationship with her. Flowers charged that during the 1992 campaign Hillary Clinton had helped coordinate campaign attacks against her. Flowers also said Carville and Stephanopoulos made defamatory statements about her.

Yob crackdown

LONDON, England

British Prime Minister Tony Blair will on Tuesday launch the latest plan to crack down on anti-social behaviour and petty crime, which the government believes leads to more serious offences.

Blair's Labour Party has previously introduced other measures such as Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) in a bid to combat yobbish behaviour.

Government sources say the new Respect Action Plan will include new measures that have been built on past experiences like ASBOs.

The aim is to tackle low-level crime and anti-social behaviour, which make life unpleasant for the law-abiding majority. Community groups will be encouraged to get involved with policing and dealing with yobs.

Measures are expected to include new powers for people to work with local councils to tackle louts and the chance to direct police to work harder in specific areas where they feel not enough is being done.

Under the existing 2003 Anti-Social Behaviour Act, police can designate an area as a "dispersal zone" with the approval of the local authority - creating a curfew on under-16s.

Brazil to lead


Brazil said on Monday it was determined to keep leading the U.N. peacekeeping force in Haiti despite the death of the Brazilian commander and said its partners in the force agreed it should carry on.

"I have no doubt Brazil ought to maintain the command," Vice-President Jose Alencar told journalists in Brasilia. "We should not, under any circumstance, even question the mission. We cannot retreat."

Updated : 2021-03-01 07:02 GMT+08:00