Wed, 09 Mar 2005

From: Jawawa

Kosovo's prime minister said on Tuesday he had been indicted by the UN war crimes court for his alleged part in atrocities during the fight against Serb forces and announced his resignation. Ramush Haradinaj told The Associated Press he would travel to The Hague, Netherlands, where the court is based, to defend himself. "I am one of those accused," he said, suggesting others also had been indicted. "As a result of this indictment I have resigned," Haradinaj said, adding that he would voluntarily give himself up to court authorities in the Dutch city on Wednesday. -- AP

Pretoria renamed Tshwane

South Africa's capital has renamed itself Tshwane and the 150- year-old name, Pretoria, will only refer to the city center, an official said on Tuesday. Pretoria itself will not include the seat of power, where Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa's first black president in 1994. The African National Congress-dominated council decided to adopt the new name late on Monday and the South African Geographic Names Council, which has the final say, is expected to give its assent. The city's new name comes from a chief who ruled in the area before the Voortrekkers, settlers of Dutch and French Huguenot descent, arrived in the 19th century and founded the city, which they called after one of their leaders. -- Reuters