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Sri Lanka's Tamil civil war escalates, 33 dead, 49 wounded

May 31, 2000

    
COLOMBO, MAY 30 (AP) - Tamil Tiger rebels killed 15 police and soldiers while wounding 49 in two attacks Tuesday as government troops retaliated by killing 18 rebels in the northern battle zone,

a top government spokesman said.

 

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Aristide's party wins control of Haiti Senate, early returns show

May 31, 2000

    
PORT-AU-PRINCE, MAY 30 (AP) - Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's party has won control of Haiti's Senate, according to partial returns from last week's election, released for the first time Monday. 

 

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Bush, Gore pause to salute military veterans

May 31, 2000

    
ELIZABETH, MAY 30 (AP) - Vice President Al Gore recalled his Army tour in Vietnam with nostalgia and some humility while George W. Bush looked ahead to the future without mentioning his own military service as presidential politics took a back seat to patriotism this Memorial Day.

 

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Five Russian soldiers killed in clash with rebels

May 31, 2000

    
MOSCOW, MAY 30 (UNB/AP) - In the latest setback to federal forces battling Chechen rebels, five Russian soldiers were killed and seven wounded in a clash with Chechen militants, officials said Tuesday.

 

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Britain restores self-rule to Northern Ireland

May 31, 2000

    
BELFAST, MAY 30 (AP) - Britain transferred governing authority back to Northern Ireland at midnight Monday offering new hope for peace to the divided province.

 

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Five policemen killed, 20 wounded in Claymore mine attack in Sri Lanka

May 31, 2000

    
COLOMBO, MAY 30 (UNB/AP) - A Claymore mine exploded in the government-held town of Vavuniya on Tuesday, killing five policemen and wounding 20 others, according to a police officer and a hospital

nurse.

 

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44 dead in new religious violence in Indonesia's Malukus

May 31, 2000

    
JAKARTA, MAY 30 (AP) - At least 44 people were killed in an armed raid on a mostly Christian village in the eastern Indonesian province of North Maluku, an army chief said Tuesday.

 

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Relative of WWII soldier returns flag to family of dead Japanese soldier

May 31, 2000

    
CHICAGO, MAY 30 (AP) - A flag that a Japanese soldier took with him to fight World War II is being returned to his family more than a half century after he was killed in one of the bloodiest battles of the

war.

 

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Japan-Growing Old With long lives but few babies, Japan world's fastest graying country

May 31, 2000

    
TOKYO, MAY 30 (UNB/AP) - Japan will have a higher percentage of people over the age of 65 within five years if current trends toward longer life spans and record low birth rates continue, the government announced Tuesday.

 

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Today In History Monday, June 5

May 31, 2000

    
UNDATED, MAY 30 (AP) - Today is Monday, June 5, the 157th day of 2000. There are 209 days left in the year.  

  

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Sri Lanka's Tamil war spills to Sea

May 30, 2000

    
COLOMBO, MAY 29 (AP) - Sri Lanka's war spilled into the sea
for the first time in six weeks, with the navy destroying rebel boats ferrying arms and ammunition to the guerrillas in the north, the government said Monday.

 

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Former president Suharto placed under house arrest

May 30, 2000

   

JAKARTA, MAY 29 (AP) - After months of stalling, Indonesian prosecutor's placed disgraced ex-President Suharto under house arrest Monday and repeated their promise that the former dictator will stand trial within the next two months.  

 

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Hoping to end crisis, Fiji's military takes control

May 30, 2000

 

SUVA, MAY 29 (AP) - Fiji's military commander said Monday night he had imposed martial law to bring stability to the nation that has been in crisis since rebels took the government hostage on May 19.

 

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Brother says Philippine hijacker wanted to be a skydiver

May 30, 2000

   

MANILA, MAY 29 (AP) - The man who hijacked a Philippine Airlines jet and died after parachuting out of the plane with a homemade parachute had dreamed of becoming a skydiver, his brother said Monday.

 

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Peru's Fujimori favored for third term, opponents stage peaceful outporing

May 30, 2000

   

LIMA, MAY 29 (AP) - Alberto Fujimori appeared headed for a third term as Peru's president, with a poll projection giving him a resounding triumph in a run-off election questioned by foreign observers and boycotted by his opponent.  

 

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Sierra Leone hostages set free after weeks of captivity

May 30, 2000

   

FREETOWN, MAY 29 (AP) - Sierra Leone's hostage crisis appeared to be over, with what was believed to be the last of about 500 U.N. hostages returning to the capital, bedraggled but safe after weeks in the clutches of this West African country's brutal rebels.

 

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Mahathir warns against oil oligopolies

May 30, 2000

 

KUALA LUMPUR, MAY 29 (AP) - Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday that mergers among the world's petroleum giants were creating oil oligopolies which threatened to "gobble up" small national oil companies.

 

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Russia's President Putin signs nuclear test ban treaty

May 29, 2000

   

MOSCOW, MAY 28 (AP) - President Vladimir Putin has signed the the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the Kremlin press service said Sunday.

 

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Kashmir solution key to peace in South Asia: Musharraf

May 29, 2000

   

ISLAMABAD, MAY 28 (AP) - Marking the second anniversary of Pakistan's nuclear tests Sunday, Army Chief Gen. Pervez Musharraf said South Asian neighbors, India and Pakistan, have to settle the protracted Kashmir dispute to remove "the threat of a nuclear holocaust."

 

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Indian president leaves for China visit

May 29, 2000

   

NEW DELHI, MAY 28 (AP) - Indian President Kocheril Raman Narayanan left for China Sunday to hold talks aimed at boosting bilateral economic cooperation and mending uneasy ties between the Asian giants.

 

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Astronauts clean up shuttle for weekend ride home

May 29, 2000

   

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida, MAY 28 (AP) - Flying solo once more, space shuttle Atlantis' stronauts cleaned up Saturday from all their repair work at the international space station, and packed for the ride home.

 

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Iran's first reformist-dominated parliament in two decades opens

May 28, 2000

   

TEHRAN, MAY 27 (AP) - Iran's new parliament opened Saturday, dominated for the first time by reformists who support President Mohammad Khatami's programs to loosen the strict Islamic rules kept in place by hard-line clergy who still wield enormous power.

 

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Fiji's president fires country's democratically elected government

May 28, 2000

   

SUVA, Fiji, MAY 27 (AP) - Fiji's president announced Saturday that he has fired the country's democratically elected government, which is being held hostage by an armed gang, and will appoint a new caretaker administration.

 

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Three ministers inducted into Indian Cabinet

May 28, 2000

   

NEW DELHI, MAY 27 (AP) - Three ministers were inducted into the Cabinet of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee Saturday to fill in vacancies that arose because of resignations.

 

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Pakistan: Shops shut down to avoid tax survey

May 28, 2000

   

ISLAMABAD, MAY 27 (AP) - Many businesses in Pakistan shut down Saturday to protest attempts by the army-led government to document their businesses, their inventories and get them to pay taxes.

  

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Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers begin 12-hour cease-fire

May 28, 2000

   

NEW DELHI, MAY 27 (AP) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels began a 12-hour cease-fire Saturday to allow civilians trapped in battle zones in the northern Jaffna peninsula to escape to safety, sources

close to the rebels said.

  

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Israel settles into new border with Lebanon

May 27, 2000

   

METULLA, Israel, MAY 26 (AP) - A farmer tended trees by the border with a pistol in his belt, soldiers moved cement blocks and barbed wire in front of roads leading north, and Prime Minister Ehud Barak told Israelis to get Lebanon out of their system.

 

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SLA militiamen feel betrayed by Israel

May 27, 2000

  

MARJAYOUN, MAY 26 (AP) - Like many of his comrades, Jiryis Faris feels betrayed by Israel's sudden withdrawal that left him and other pro-Israeli militiamen at the mercy of their guerrilla enemies and a government that considers them traitors.

 

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First independent account of embattled Jaffna

May 27, 2000

  

NEW DELHI, MAY 26 (AP) - Clutching straw mats, plastic buckets and kerosene stoves, some 150,000 people have fled Sri Lanka's war-torn Jaffna peninsula since the fighting escalated in March, aid workers say, providing the first independent eyewitness accounts of life in the embattled north.

 

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Tension grows as chiefs meet again to seek coup resolution

May 25, 2000

 

SUVA, MAY 24 (AP) - Looting and arson of ethnic Indian Fijian property were reported Wednesday, as 40 tribal chiefs met for a second day in an attempt to find a peaceful solution to country's six-day government hostage crisis.

  

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Sindh governor resigns in surprise move

May 25, 2000

 

KARACHI, MAY 24 (AP) -  In a surprise move the governor of Pakistan's southern Sindh province, Azim Daudpota, resigned on Wednesday.

  

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Russia develops new rocket for launching satellites, official says

May 25, 2000

 

MOSCOW, MAY 24 (AP) - A Russian company is developing rocket technology to cheaply launch satellites into space from a transport plane flying high above the Earth, an official said Wednesday.

   

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Tamils urged to build bomb shelters as Sri Lanka resumes air raids

May 24, 2000

 

NEW DELHI, MAY 23 (AP) - Sri Lankan warplanes resumed bombing missions Tuesday to hold back the advance by Tamil Tiger rebels against Jaffna City, military officers said, a day after the military claimed its first major battlefield success in weeks.

  

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Japan's opposition to submit no-confidence motion 

May 24, 2000

 

TOKYO, MAY 23 (AP) - The opposition agreed Tuesday to submit a no-confidence motion in Parliament against Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori over his statement that Japan is a "divine" nation.

  

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Asian economies recover, but still vulnerable to hot money

May 23, 2000

 

BANGKOK, MAY 22 (AP) - Though Asian economies are recovering from devastating crisis, they remain vulnerable to the fickleness of fast-moving hot money and downturn in the United States or Japan, U.N. officials said Monday.

  

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Fiji president says government may change, despite failed coup

May 23, 2000

 

SUVA, Fiji, MAY 22 (AP) - Fiji's president tried to draw armed rebels occupying Parliament closer to peaceful surrender Monday, saying the current government might be replaced even if the coup attempt fails.

   

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South Korean court impounds former president's properties

May 23, 2000

 

SEOUL, MAY 22 (AP) - Prosecutors trying to collect fines imposed on former President Chun Doo-hwan for corruption

  

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Haitians vote for new government after violent campaign

May 23, 2000

 

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, MAY 22 (AP) - Haitians voted peacefully in massive numbers for the first time in years - a cry for democracy by a people defying fears of violence at the polls and a history of

persecution.

   

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Government expects Indonesian economy to grow 4 percent this year

May 23, 2000

 

JAKARTA, MAY 22 (AP) - The Indonesian economy should grow by around 4 percent this year, senior Economics Minister Kwik Kian Gie said Monday.

  

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Asian economies recover, but still vulnerable to hot money

May 23, 2000

 

BANGKOK, MAY 22 (AP) - Though Asian economies are recovering from devastating crisis, they remain vulnerable to the fickleness of fast-moving hot money and downturn in the United States or Japan, U.N. officials said Monday.

  

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Turnout is key in Italian vote on referendums

May 22, 2000

 

ROME, MAY 21 (AP) - In a vote where turnout was key, Italians cast ballots on Sunday to say yes or no to seven referendums, including one calling for reform of an electoral system blamed for decades of chronic government instability.

 

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Beijing warns Taiwan's new president to accept "one China"

May 22, 2000

 

BEIJING, MAY 21 (AP) - China warned Taiwan's new president Sunday that his calls for peace between the two rivals could never be realized without an acknowledgment that the island is part of Chinese erritory.

 

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Qatari minister discusses normalization with Iraq

May 22, 2000

 

CAIRO, MAY 21 (AP) - Proposals for an Arab reconciliation with Iraq were the main issue in Sunday's talks between Qatar's foreign minister and Egypt's president.

 

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British PM seeks solace in church after baby's birth

May 22, 2000

 

LONDON, MAY 21 (AP) - A tired-looking Prime Minister Tony Blair greeted churchgoers after mass at Westminster Cathedral on Sunday and told them both his wife and new baby Leo were doing "absolutely fine."

 

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China plans to recover looted antiques from around the world

May 22, 2000

 

BEIJING, MAY 21 (AP) - China plans to form a task force to try to recover as many as a million valuable and sometimes looted Chinese cultural relics collected by museums around the world, an official newspaper said Sunday.

 

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Coup leaders in Fiji release some captive lawmakers

May 22, 2000

 

SUVA, MAY 21 (AP) - Rebels holding Fiji's elected prime minister and other government members hostage threatened Sunday to execute them unless their demands are met, the president said.

 

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Lower-income men face dim marriage prospects in Singapore

May 22, 2000

 

SINGAPORE, MAY 21 (AP) - Singaporean men with low income and education face an uphill battle in finding wives at home and abroad, a newspaper reported Sunday.

 

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