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Zimbabwe plans to build a "Dis-
neyland in Africa" at the world-
famous Victoria Falls to boost
tourism, a government minister has
told the BBC.
The government would spend more
than $300m (£193m) on the theme
park, said Tourist Minister Walter
Zimbabwe is trying to rebuild its
tourism industry after a decade of
conflict and hyperinflation.
President Robert Mugabe was
elected for a seventh term in peaceful
but disputed elections last month.
Zimbabwe is not leveraging the
Victoria Falls enough, Mr Mzembi
told the BBC yesterday, describing it
as a "sleeping giant."
"It s a wake-up call for us...we must
build a new tourism facility with an
impact," he said.
"We think it should be modelled
along the size and the kind of vision
that is on Disneyland, including hotels,
entertainment parks, restaurants, con-
ferencing facilities. This is the vision
and we need people who can run
ORLANDO, Florida---George Zim-
merman s attorney is going to ask
the state of Florida to pay for some
of his client s non-lawyer legal bills.
Attorney Mark O Mara said yes-
terday that the defence team is still
totalling up its trial expenses. But he
says that it may eventually bill the
state as much as $300,000.
He says the costs were incurred for
experts, as well as costs such as print-
ing of deposition transcripts and court
Zimmerman was acquitted last
month of all charges in the shooting
of Miami teenager Trayvon Martin.
State law allows defendants to get
their legal expenses reimbursed by
the state if they are found not guilty.
O Mara normally bills at $400 per
hour. He says neither he nor any of
his fellow attorneys have been paid
will ask State
to pay some bills
The son and the spy chief of the
dead Libyan leader Muammar
Gaddafi have been charged with
murder in relation to Libya s 2011
civil war and will stand trial next
The prosecutor general Abdel
Qader Radwan said the trial of the
two---Gaddafi s son Saif al-Islam
and the deposed leader s spy chief
Abdullah el-Senoussi---will start on
The two face charges over alleged
crimes committed during Gaddafi s
42-year rule and during the eight-
month civil war in which he was
Last February, the International
Criminal Court had ruled that Libya
cannot give Gaddafi s son a fair trial
and asked authorities to hand him
over to The Hague-based court.
Libya wants to prosecute him at
home, where he might face the
death penalty, rather than hand him
to the ICC where he could only re-
ceive a jail sentence.
Gaddafi's son to stand trial next month
A Syrian protester waves the Syrian revolutionary flag during a protest in front of the Syrian embassy to condemn the alleged poison gas attack on the
suburbs of Damascus in Amman, Jordan, Friday. As the US weighs a response to Syria, recent polling has shown Americans largely opposed to military
action and few paying close attention to the ongoing conflict. But that all could change with the Syrian government's use of what the Obama
administration says were chemical weapons. AP PHOTO
DAMASCUS---A military strike against Syria
from the United States and its allies seemed
closer to reality yesterday as the US defence
chief said weapons are in position to attack.
Syria vowed to use all possible measures to repel
any such strike.
The prospect of a dramatic US-led intervention
into Syria s chaotic civil war stems from the West-
ern assertion---still not endorsed by UN inspec-
tors---that President Bashar Assad s government
was responsible for an alleged chemical attack
on civilians outside the capital of Damascus last
Syria s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said
his country would defend itself using "all means
available," while in Britain, Prime Minister David
Cameron recalled Parliament to hold an emergency
vote tomorrow on his country s response to the
alleged chemical assault. Cameron said the goal
of any attack on Syria, if launched, would be to
prevent the further use of chemical weapons.
French President Francois Hollande added his
voice to the growing clamour for action, saying
France is "ready to punish those who took the
heinous decision to gas innocents."
The Arab League also threw its weight behind
calls for punitive action, blaming the Syrian gov-
ernment for the toxic attack that activists say
killed hundreds of people and calling for the per-
petrators to be brought to justice.
The announcement by the 22-member body,
which is dominated by Gulf powerhouses Saudi
Arabia and Qatar, provides indirect Arab cover
for any potential military attack by Western pow-
ers.Al-Moallem spoke at a press conference in
Damascus as condemnation of Assad s govern-
ment grew over last week s purported attack with
poison gas. He denied that his government was
behind the attack and challenged Washington to
present proof backing up its accusations.
The United Nations, meanwhile, said its team
of chemical weapons experts in Syria had delayed
a second trip to investigate the alleged attack
near Damascus by one day for security reasons.
On Monday, the team came under sniper fire.
Al-Moallem likened US allegations that Assad s
regime was behind the attack to false American
charges that Iraq possessed weapons of mass
destruction before the 2003 US-led invasion of
"We will defend ourselves using all means
available. I don t want to say more than that,"
the minister said. (AP)
US 'ready' to launch
strike on Syria
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