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More International News

April 1 to 10,2000

March 2000

 

 

Ministers say Palestinian state to be set up, settlers protest

April 17, 2000

  

JERUSALEM, APR 16 (AP) - Two Cabinet ministers said Sunday that peace negotiations with the Palestinians will result in a Palestinian state, but no specific proposals have been made about how to divide the West Bank.

   

Reacting to media reports that Israel is offering the Palestinians up to 80 percent of the West Bank, Jewish settlers demanded that Prime Minister Ehud Barak refrain from signing any agreements until they have been approved in a referendum.

 

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Slovenia: New alliance nominates candidate for a new PM

April 17, 2000

  

LJUBLJANA, APR 16 (AP) - A newly formed political alliance of the People's Party and the Christian Democrats have nominated Andrej Bajuk as their candidate for the position of prime minister, a party statement said Sunday.

     

The new alliance is currently the strongest force in parliament.

 

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Japanese bomb squad defuses World War II explosive

April 17, 2000

 

TOKYO, APR 16 (AP) - Japanese disposal experts on Sunday defused an unexploded bomb believed to have been dropped by U.S. forces during World War II, a Tokyo city official said.

   

The 500-pound (230-kilogram) bomb was unearthed in March at a construction site along the Sumida River in northeastern Tokyo, said spokeswoman Hiromi Tojima.

 

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Murdoch is attacked by prostate cancer

April 17, 2000

  

LOS ANGELES, APR 16 (AP) - Media baron Rupert Murdoch has prostate cancer and will receive several weeks of radiation treatment, his company announced Saturday.

     

Murdoch, chairman of News Corp., learned last week after undergoing routine medical tests in Los Angeles that he had "low-grade" prostate cancer, said News Corp. spokesman Howard Rubenstein.

 

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South Korea reports another outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease

April 17, 2000

  

SEOUL, APR 16 (AP) - Hundreds of more cattle were slaughtered in South Korea after another outbreak of the foot-and-mouth disease was discovered, quarantine officials said Sunday.

 

One cattle on a farm in Hongsong, 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Seoul, was found to have the deadly animal disease, the National Veterinary Quarantine Service said.

 

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German conservatives assail government's nuclear plans

April 17, 2000

  

BERLIN, APR 16 (AP) - Seeking to move beyond a campaign financing scandal, Germany's conservatives broadened their attack on the government Sunday and took aim at its plans to phase out nuclear power.

   

Angela Merkel, the newly elected head of the main opposition Christian Democrats, said in an interview with Welt am Sonntag that the government's strategy was "wrong," partly because it ignored concerns by the opposition and Germany's states.

 

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Albright Central Asian tour continues in Kyrgyzstan

April 17, 2000

  

BISHKEK, APR 16 (AP) U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Sunday arrived in Kyrgyzstan on a visit intended to urge the former Soviet republic to improve its human rights standards and help it cope with external security threats.

   

Kyrgyzstan, a poor mountainous country of 4 million people, had been considered the most democratic country to emerge from former Soviet Central Asia. But President Askar Akayev, who has led the country since the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union, has increasingly cracked down on dissent in recent months.

 

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Militants gun down six policemen in Kashmir

April 17, 2000

  

JAMMU, APR 16 (AP) - Armed separatists on a mountain peak shot dead six policemen preparing to raid a village in Jammu-Kashmir, officials said Sunday.

    

The militants ambushed the policemen on Saturday night in Lassana, a village in Poonch district, 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of the state's summer capital, Jammu.

 

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Troops kill 13 Tamil rebels in clashes

April 17, 2000

  

COLOMBO, APR 16 (AP) - Government troops shot dead 13 Tamil rebels during clashes in the north, the Defense Ministry said Sunday.

   

The soldiers killed 12 guerrillas Saturday in Kovilkadu in the northern Jaffna peninsula, the ministry said in a statement. Jaffna is 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of the capital, Colombo.

  

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Malaysia wonders where democracy went wrong

April 17, 2000

  

KUALA LUMPUR, APR 16 (AP) - The police sirens were shrieking for hours as security forces beat, handcuffed and dragged supporters of jailed Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim across the capital's Independence Square.

   

The "Black 14th" had been intended as a peaceful rally to mark the first anniversary of Anwar's conviction on Saturday. It turned into a melee of clashes between the demonstrators and police.

 

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Chinese president meets with Yasser Arafat

April 16, 2000

 

BETHLEHEM, APR 15 (AP) - Chinese President Jiang Zemin visited the Palestinian lands Saturday, amid hopes by Palestinians that China will seek a say in the U.S.-mediated talks on the terms of their independence.

 

Jiang's limousine drove into the courtyard of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's presidential palace in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem, Jesus' traditional birthplace.

  

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China's army warns of war following Taiwan official's remarks

April 16, 2000

 

BEIJING, APR 15 (AP) - China's military, adding its weight to a tide of official outrage targeting Taiwan's vice president-elect, warned on Saturday that the "abyss of war" awaits the island if it declares independence.

 

The commentary in the Liberation Army Daily topped a week of vitriolic rhetoric aimed at Annette Lu by China's state-run media, which labeled her "scum of the nation," a lunatic and traitor for reportedly telling Hong Kong media that Taiwanese are distant relatives or neighbors of the mainland Chinese, rather than close family.

  

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Third World summit ends with demand rich nations share wealth and power

April 16, 2000

 

HAVANA, APR 15 (AP) - The leaders of the world's poor nations are uniting to demand a greater say in the global economic system, insisting on greater aid and trade and a role in financial decisions that often shake their countries.

 

"From now on we will play our part in shaping this (world) order into one that is just, fair and mutually beneficial to all sides,"

said Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, chairman of the South Summit that closed late Friday night.

  

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Pulitzer prize: Short stories are seeing a renaissance

April 16, 2000

 

NEW YORK, APR 15 (AP) - When Jhumpa Lahiri discovered this week that her first book, a collection of short stories, had won a Pulitzer Prize, she didn't believe it.

 

After all, her work, "Interpreter of Maladies," had been turned down by one literary agent who told her, "Call me back when you've got a novel." Then the book was accepted by a second agent only after a stern warning that she shouldn't expect much, since short story collections usually don't sell.

  

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Intelligence files from Argentina's military era found in vault

April 16, 2000

 

BUENOS AIRES, APR 15 (AP) - Rare intelligence files dating to the past military dictatorship have been found in a musty

bank vault, shedding new light on the regime's crackdown on leftist opponents.

 

The cache of yellowing papers was found by Interior Ministry workers cleaning the vault of a now-defunct state development bank in Buenos Aires, La Nacion newspaper reported Friday. The ministry has offices there.

  

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Clinton says his South Asia trip ignited fatal violence

April 16, 2000

 

ATLANTA, APR 15 (AP) - President Clinton said Friday his recent trip to South Asia was the impetus for a massacre of "40 perfectly innocent people" in the disputed territory of Kashmir. 

 

"I'm sure they were murdered because I was there," Clinton said during a fund-raising luncheon for Georgia Democratic Rep. Cynthia McKinney. "Those people lost their lives because I went to India and to Pakistan."

  

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Bush breaks dlrs 80 million mark

April 16, 2000

 

WASHINGTON, APR 15 (AP) - George W. Bush has broken the dlrs 80 million mark in his Republican presidential campaign, adding to his own fund-raising record while replenishing his war chest after an expensive primary effort.

 

The campaign raised around dlrs 7 million between March 1 and April 6, spokesman Scott McClellan said Friday, three-quarters of the goal of dlrs 10 million by the end of April. Bush's total for the campaign is now more than dlrs 81 million.

  

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Teen gives birth to baby after long abortion fight in Mexico

April 16, 2000

 

MEXICALI, Mexico, APR 15 (AP) - A teen-age girl pressured by state and religious officials to drop a request for a legal abortion after she was raped has given birth to a little boy.

 

Paulina, a 14-year-old from the state of Baja California, delivered a 3 kilo, 500-gram (7-pound, 12-ounce) baby by Caesarean

section on Thursday night. 

  

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Sixty percent of Japanese favor revising constitution

April 16, 2000

 

TOKYO, APR 15 (AP) - A record 60 percent of Japanese support the long-taboo idea of revising the nation's U.S.-written constitution, according to a newspaper poll released Saturday.

 

The daily Yomiuri's survey of 1,935 citizens nationwide broke the record of 53 percent set last year.

  

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Troops kill 15 Tamil rebels

April 15, 2000

 

COLOMBO, APR 14 (UNB/AP) - Government troops killed 18 Tamil Tiger rebels in northern Sri Lanka as the guerrillas in counter attacks killed one soldier and wounded 54, the defense ministry said Friday.

  

The rebels exploded a land mine Friday near the northern military controlled town of Vavuniya wounding 15 soldiers, who were returning from a search operation, a ministry statement said.

  

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Proposals of South Summit of developing nations

April 15, 2000

  

UNDATED, APR 14 (UNB/AP) - The 133-nation Group of 77 developing countries is proposing sweeping changes to help poor countries ease poverty and join the global technology revolution. 

  

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Lower house approves bill to cut jobless insurance

April 15, 2000

  

TOKYO, APR 14 (UNB/AP) - Japan's lower house of Parliament approved a bill Friday meant to slash unemployment benefits despite growing joblessness blamed on the prolonged economic slump.

       

Benefits would be cut by more than 20 percent under the bill, and premiums would be raised.

 

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Foreign journalists, unionists detained at Belgrade 

April 15, 2000

 

BELGRADE, APR 14 (UNB/AP) - A group of foreign journalists and representatives from a Spanish trade union remained detained Friday at Belgrade's international airport after authorities denied them entrance into the country, the independent Beta news agency

reported.

       

The journalists - including four Japanese, one Canadian and one German reporter - landed Thursday at the capital's Surcin airport, hoping to cover a Serbian opposition rally scheduled for Friday afternoon in Belgrade.

 

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Anwar supporters vow to march

April 15, 2000

   

KUALA LUMPUR, APR 14 (UNB/AP) - Authorities began arresting opposition leaders before dawn Friday and riot police, some toting machine guns, hit the streets in an apparent attempt to prevent a rally in support of jailed politician Anwar Ibrahim.

      

At least three opposition leaders were arrested and police said they had orders to arrest another four, described as the main organizers of a rally on Saturday to mark the first anniversary of

Anwar's conviction on charges of abuse of power.

 

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Talks between uneasy SA neighbors saves train service

April 15, 2000

 

WAGAH, Pakistan, APR 14 (UNB/AP) - After six hours of talks, South Asia's uneasy neighbors, Pakistan and India, reached an agreement on Friday that will retain the only rail service between the two countries, said Mohammed Aurangzeb, chairman of Pakistan Railway.

       

The talks marked the first significant contact between the two countries since last October when the military seized power in Pakistan in a bloodless coup throwing out the civilian government of

Nawaz Sharif.

 

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Pakistan frees Indian soldier caught spying after 26 years

April 15, 2000

  

LAHORE, APR 14 (UNB/AP) - After spending 26 years in prison in Pakistan on spying charges, an Indian soldier, Roop Lal, returned home to India Friday, Pakistani officials said.

 

"This is my dream, to go home to see my daughter," Lal told reporters at the Lahore International Airport before boarding a commercial airliner to the Indian capital of New Delh.

 

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Philippine Muslim extremists demand release of Arab terrorists 

April 15, 2000

   

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines, APR 14 (UNB/AP) - Muslim extremist rebels are demanding the release of Arab terrorists jailed in the United States before they will free 29 hostages in the southern Philippines, a rebel spokesman said Friday.

       

The demand by the Abu Sayyaf group was contained in a letter addressed to President Joseph Estrada presented by the rebels to movie actor Robin Padilla, who has been negotiating for the release of the hostages being held in Basilan provin

 

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U.S.-Russian negotiators ready to kick off START III

April 15, 2000

   

GENEVA, APR 14 (UNB/AP) - Top U.S. arms negotiators are ready to kick off a new round of talks for strategic arms cuts when they meet Russian counterparts here next week, officials said Friday.

      

Teams from both countries have already met at least five times since last summer to lay the groundwork for START III, but Moscow's long-delayed ratification of START II today clears the way for a new beginning, said U.S. officials.

 

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French journalist expelled from Vietnam for working without proper visa

April 15, 2000

  

HANOI, Vietnam, APR 14 (UNB/AP) - A reporter for a French magazine, who entered Vietnam  without a  journalist visa, has been as expelled from the country, a French Embassy official said Friday.

     

Evelyne Pasquier of the Paris magazine L'Express was seeking to interview political dissidents when she was detained Thursday in the southern commercial capital of Ho Chi Minh City, according to the embassy official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

     

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Russian forces claim capture of top Chechen commander

April 15, 2000

  

GROZNY, APR 14 (UNB/AP) - Russian commandos captured the Chechen president's military chief of staff in a special operation and brought him to Moscow for questioning, officials said Friday.

 

Apti Batalov, a brigadier general in the rebel army and Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov's chief of staff, was seized by a special squad of Federal Security Service troops in the town of Shali on Thursday, an agency spokesman said.

 

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Survivors say no life vests available on boat that capsized, killing at least 87

April 15, 2000

  

JOLO, Philippines, APR 14 (UNB/AP) - No life vests were available for scores of illegal passengers on an overloaded Philippine boat that capsized, killing at least 87 people, survivors said Friday.

 

Dozens of other passengers remained missing more than a day after the wooden-hulled Annahada capsized shortly after leaving Jolo, the capital of remote Sulu province, en route to Malaysia's Sabah state.

 

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IMF, World Bank plan reforms

April 14, 2000

 

WASHINGTON, APR 13 (AP) - The International Monetary Fund and World Bank say they are responding to growing calls for reform demanded by their member governments, aid agencies, churches and activists who oppose economic globalization.

 

The IMF and the bank, which lend billions of dollars each year to poor and middle income nations, have come under increasing pressure in recent months to pay more attention to the effects of their policies.

 

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South Koreans vote in parliamentary elections

April 14, 2000

 

SEOUL, APR 13 (AP) - South Koreans voted Thursday for a new Parliament in an election that could affect the two trademark policies of President Kim Dae-jung: economic reforms and engagement with North Korea.

 

In balmy spring weather, voters stood in long lines at polling stations in Seoul and surrounding areas. Radio and television stations repeatedly broadcast instructions urging people to vote.

 

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Peru's presidential race will require a second round

April 14, 2000

 

LIMA, APR 13 (AP) - Official results from Sunday's election show President Alberto Fujimori fell just shy of the majority needed to avoid a runoff for an unprecedented third term, setting the stage for a showdown with international economist Alejandro Toledo.

 

Thousands of Toledo's followers massed in the Plaza de San Martin in downtown Lima broke into wild cheers when they heard the news. Toledo came out onto the balcony of a hotel overlooking the square, waving a red and white Peruvian flag, which sent the crowd into even

greater ecstasy.

 

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Singaporean women making professional inroads

April 14, 2000

     

SINGAPORE, APR 13 (AP) - The number of Singaporean women working in traditionally male-dominated professions is increasing, the government said in a study released Thursday.

 

Between 1991 and 1999 the female share of these occupations rose to 15 percent from 11 percent, or from 42,100 to 85,600, the Ministry of Manpower said in its Occupation Segregation study.

 

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Cuba-Summit: World's have-nots complain about the haves

April 14, 2000

     

HAVANA, APR 13 (UNB/AP) - A procession of the world's poorest nations accused rich countries of imposing heartless or misguided policies that have kept their nations impoverished and technologically backward.

 

Cuban President Fidel Castro opened the three-day summit Wednesday with the fiercest attack, accusing the capitalist system of regularly causing deaths on the scale of World War II by ignoring the needs of the poor.

 

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Havana summit: leaders of poor countries call for sweeping changes

April 13, 2000

 

HAVANA, APR 12 (AP) - Complaining they have been left behind by the global technology revolution, leaders of the world's poor nations begin a summit Wednesday at which they plan to push for more aid, fewer debts and a greater role in international decision-making.

 

About 40 heads of state or government - and delegations from 80 other nations - are attending the first summit in the 34-year history of the Group of 77, which has grown since its founding to

133 members.

 

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Protesters gather for World Bank meetings

April 13, 2000

 

WASHINGTON, APR 12 (AP) - Protesters with grievances against global capitalism are turning their attacks on one of the top priorities of the Clinton administration, granting China permanent normal trade relations.

 

The AFL-CIO labor federation, which is leading the charge against the China legislation, was hoping to attract 10,000 demonstrators to the U.S. Capitol Wednesday for a rally aimed at showing labor's strong opposition to the measure.

 

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Russia will stay involved in International Space Station

April 13, 2000

 

MOSCOW, APR 12 (AP) - On the 39th anniversary of the Soviet Union's launching the first man into space, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Russia will keep up its commitment to the long-delayed International Space Station.

 

Putin, meeting cosmonauts and space officials on the day set aside to honor their profession, said Russia will keep its international commitments but that "national production has to be

our priority."

 

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Sri Lankan president seeks further medical treatment for blind eye

April 13, 2000

 

COLOMBO, APR 12 (AP) - President Chandrika Kumaratunga has left for the United States and Britain to seek further medical treatment for her right eye, blinded in a suicide bomber attack in December, a government official said Wednesday.

 

Kumaratunga left the island late Tuesday, said the official, speaking on the condition of anonymity. He did not answer when asked whether Kumaratunga would seek medical care in both countries and did not explain what treatment she was seeking.

 

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Japanese legislator begins maternity leave

April 13, 2000

 

TOKYO, APR 12 (AP) - Member of Parliament Seiko Hashimoto on Wednesday became the first Japanese legislator to take maternity leave after giving birth to a baby girl.

 

The 252-member upper house of Parliament voted overwhelmingly last month to include childbirth in the list of acceptable reasons for missing legislative sessions after Hashimoto, 35, launched a campaign for the change last fall.

 

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White House: Clinton would not pardon himself

April 13, 2000

 

WASHINGTON, APR 12 (AP) - President Bill Clinton would not pardon himself to avoid prosecution in the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky investigations, his spokesman said.

 

White House press secretary Joe Lockhart was asked Tuesday whether Clinton might pardon himself before he leaves office on January 20.

 

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Latvia's prime minister resigns

April 13, 2000

 

RIGA, Latvia, APR 12 (AP) - Prime Minister Andris Skele resigned Wednesday after two of the three parties in the ruling coalition withdrew their support of him.

 

The centrist Latvia's Way party defected Wednesday, as did the right-wing Fatherland and Freedom party the night before. Both parties said they would like to recreate a coalition government but with a different prime minister.

 

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Leaders of poor nations arrive in Havana for major summit

April 12, 2000

  

HAVANA, APR 11 (AP) - Seeking a united voice in facing rich nations, dozens of leaders from the world's developing countries were gathering in Cuba to call for a greater share of the world's power and wealth.

 

It is the first time that the 133-nation "Group of 77," founded in 1964, is holding a summit at the level of heads of state. Until now, the organization has been a bloc within the United Nations. Working meetings of lower-level officials began Monday. Talks by heads of state were to take place Wednesday and Thursday.

 

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Japan praises environment ministers talks for global warming

April 12, 2000

  

TOKYO, APR 11 (AP) - Environment ministers from top industrialized countries have made progress towards the ratification of a 1997 global warming pact, despite the failure to set a deadline, a Japanese official said Tuesday.

 

Environmental officials from the G-8 nations met over the weekend in western Japan, issuing a communique promising to ratify the Kyoto protocol "as soon as possible."

 

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AIDS to slash South Africa's economic growth, reports find

April 12, 2000

    

JOHANNESBURG, APR 11 (AP) - The AIDS crisis will cut South Africa's economic growth, increase inflation and exacerbate the country's shortage of highly skilled labor, according to newspaper reports Tuesday.

 

A new report from ING Barings concluded that the epidemic will cut South Africa's annual growth rate by .3 to .4 percentage points over the next 15 years, the Business Day daily reported.

 

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UNESCO sponsors world education conference in Senegal in late April

April 12, 2000

   

PARIS, APR 11 (AP) - A UNESCO-sponsored summit later this month on worldwide education will look at ways to improve learning amid debilitating crises such as widespread AIDS in Africa and gender discrimination, the group's director said Tuesday.

 

The World Education Forum, to be held in the Senegalese capital of Dakar from April 26 to 28, is expected to draw leaders including U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the presidents of Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal and Uganda.

 

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Judge rules against controversial historian David Irving

April 12, 2000

   

LONDON, APR 11 (AP) - Historian David Irving, who has outraged survivors of Nazi death camps by challenging the scope of the Holocaust, on Tuesday lost the libel suit he launched to save his academic reputation.

 

The verdict, delivered at the start of a lengthy judgment was greeted in near-silence in the High Court, packed with Holocaust survivors and others who have closely followed the no-jury trial.

 

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Interim government session begins, Serbs send observer

April 12, 2000

   

PRISTINA, Yugoslavia, APR 11 (AP) - Ending a more than four-month boycott, moderate Kosovo Serbs sent a representative on Tuesday to a session of the province's interim government in a sign that they are ready to renew cooperation with rival ethnic Albanians.

 

The U.N.-supervised government meeting was attended by Bernard Kouchner, the U.N. administrator of Kosovo, as well as ethnic Albanian leaders Ibrahim Rugova and Hashim Thaci. Observing on behalf of Kosovo's moderate Serbs was Rada Trajkovic. None of them spoke to reporters outside the meeting.

 

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Chechen rebels stage hit-and-run attacks on Russian positions

April 12, 2000

  

NAZRAN, Russia, APR 11 (AP) - Chechen rebels taking advantage of a lull in the fighting are staging hit-and-run attacks on Russian positions in the southern mountains of Chechnya, the military said Tuesday.

 

Despite the comparative calm, Russian positions in the Nozhai-Yurt, Vedeno and Shatoi districts came under attack on Monday night, the military command press service said.

 

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Cycle of famine and death set to continue in Ethiopia

April 12, 2000

  

GODE, Ethiopia, APR 11 (AP) - Sakorey Faday and Adan Mohammed are young women from two different African countries, but they share experiences as similar as they are tragic.

 

Adan spent 10 days walking 100 kilometers (60 miles) with her three children to a feeding center in Gode, 580 kilometers (360 miles) southeast of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The trek proved too much for her 4-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son. Both died along the way.

 

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Gore, Bush court Ohio voters

April 12, 2000

  

VANDALIA, APR 11 (AP) - Al Gore said that Elian Gonzalez's relatives should be allowed to work out for themselves who should have custody of the 6-year-old Cuban boy.

       

"With tensions as high as high as they are and with both sides trying to figure out a way to come to a resolution, I think that we need to encourage the talks between the family members themselves. That's the ideal solution," the vice president told about 250 people at a town meeting Monday. 

 

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North and South Korea to hold first summit meeting

April 11, 2000

  

SEOUL, APR 10 (AP) - The leaders of North Korea and South Korea will hold a summit meeting in June in the biggest step toward a lasting peace on the tense Korean peninsula, the two countries announced Monday.

   

In Seoul, a South Korean minister said President Kim Dae-jung will travel to North Korea for a "historic meeting" with his counterpart, Kim Jong Il.

 

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Greece elections: socialists win third term

April 11, 2000

  

ATHENS, APR 10 (AP) - Greece's governing Socialist may have won the most closely fought parliamentary elections in recent memory, but they failed to emerge victorious in their quest for political supremacy.

   

Premier Costas Simitis barely managed to shut out the conservative New Democracy party, scraping into the 300-member parliament with less than 1 percent of the vote for a third consecutive four-year term. The Socialists have already governed for 16 of the past 19 years.

 

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Nationalists agree to lend talent to new Taiwanese president

April 11, 2000

  

TAIPEI, APR 10 (AP) - The Nationalists will allow one of their most popular members to cross party lines and serve as premier for Taiwan's newly elected president, a party spokesman said Monday.

   

The decision to let Defense Minister Tang Fei head the Cabinet ends two weeks of debate within the party about whether it should lend talent to the new leader, who trounced the Nationalist candidate in elections last month.

 

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German conservatives to name new leader

April 11, 2000

 

ESSEN, Germany, APR 10 (AP) - Clawing back from a slush fund scandal, Germany's opposition conservatives anoint a new leader Monday who has pledged to revive the party after the demise of former Chancellor Helmut Kohl and pump up its fighting spirit.

    

Delegates opening a two-day convention of the Christian Democrats are due to elect Angela Merkel, 45, as the first woman to head a modern German party - and the first native of former communist East Germany to lead one of the old West German parties.

 

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Big animals to dominate debate at endangered species conference in Kenya

April 11, 2000

  

NAIROBI, APR 10 (AP) - Big animals like elephants and whales will probably steal the limelight from smaller animals and plants during 10 days of discussions on endangered species at a Nairobi conference, the head of the U.N. body that manages an agreement to protect them said Sunday.

   

"Our discussions on elephants, whales and sea turtles, I am sure, at times are going to be difficult and heated, sometimes even emotional," Willem Wijnstekers, Secretary General of the U.N. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora, said at the opening of CITES' 11th conference.

 

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War orphans return to Vietnam to trace steps from past

April 11, 2000

  

HO CHI MINH CITY, APR 10 (AP) - Timothy Hoye carries the photo album everywhere. It catalogues the important moments in his life: his arrival in the United States, birthdays surrounded by family, college graduation.

   

What's missing are his first four months in Vietnam before he was adopted. And that hole in an otherwise complete picture has always haunted him.

 

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Cambodia still haunted by Khmer Rouge's brutal reign

April 11, 2000

  

PHNOM PENH, APR 10 (AP) - Rocking gently in a cheap cloth hammock, 3-month-old Kim Sean sleeps away a steamy Cambodian afternoon.

   

Close by, her grandmother, San Rin, keeps one eye on the baby and another on the legislature. The family from Kampong Chan province, 75 kilometers (45 miles) from Phnom Penh, have come to the capital to beg for their land back. Without it they will not survive.

 

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