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World in brief: Archbishop critical of president resigns

A Zimbabwean archbishop who was an outspoken critic of President Robert Mugabe before becoming embroiled in a sex scandal said Tuesday he has resigned, but he vowed to continue championing his countrymen facing political and economic crises.

Pius Ncube, who once said he was ready to lead a popular uprising against Mugabe, said he had offered his resignation to the pope “within days” of being accused of having an affair with a parishioner in July.

“I have not been silenced by the crude machinations of a wicked regime,” he said in a statement issued Tuesday from his office in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second-largest city. “I am committed to promoting the social teachings of the Church, and to working among the poorest and most needy in Zimbabwe.”

Ncube’s resignation offer had not previously been made public.

Church officials in Bulawayo said Ncube, 60, planned to remain an ordained bishop and lead a new charity group known as the Zimbabwe Humanitarian Support Trust.

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

City tracks pit bulls with microchips

A Brazilian city has begun implanting microchips in pit bulls in an effort to track the dogs and punish the owners of pets involved in attacks.

So far seven dogs have been implanted with the chip, which contains information about the animal and its owners, said Maria do Carmo Araujo, coordinator of the Center of Animal Control in Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais state in southeastern Brazil.

“The chips will help responsible owners to recover their dogs if they are lost and help find irresponsible owners if the dogs are involved in the attacks,” Araujo said by telephone on Tuesday.

This month authorities also plan to implant chips in Rottweilers and Doberman pinschers in accordance with the law, Araujo said.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

American admits killing student

A Michigan man, seeking to punish the Netherlands for its support of the war in Iraq, has confessed to axing a 22-year-old Dutch student to death after failing to find a soldier to kill, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Carlos Hartmann, 41, of Tecumseh, Mich., confessed Saturday to the killing on a train platform in the southern city of Roosendaal, lawyer Peter Gremmen said.

When Hartmann failed to find a soldier at the Roosendaal train station, “he got such a crazy, disturbed idea that he killed a civilian,” Gremmen said.

Gremmen said Hartmann has lived in the Netherlands since 2002 and that he had no fixed address. He said Hartmann had agreed to undergo psychological testing and was now “terribly sorry for his deed.”

Hartmann appeared before a judge Tuesday and was ordered held another two weeks for investigation.


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