India Resumes Air Attacks in Kashmir
NEW DELHI -- Indian warplanes resumed their bombing campaign against heavily armed insurgents in Kashmir yesterday as troops moved up snow-covered mountains to push them back over the military control line with Pakistan.
"The Indian Air Force carried out operations for the 12th day. The weather did not hamper. All attacks today were put through successfully," Group Capt. K. Rajaram said.
The bombing resumed after a pause Saturday to let ground forces take up positions in Dras and Batalik, where hundreds of insurgents are concentrated. New Delhi says they are a mix of Afghan guerrillas and Pakistani soldiers.
Anwar's Sodomy Trial Opens in Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Malaysia's former finance minister Anwar Ibrahim entered court today to stand trial over a criminal charge that he sodomized his family's former driver.
Anwar, wearing a white buttoned-down shirt, smiled and waved to reporters as he entered court on the first day of his sex trial. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge, which carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in jail and whipping.
Anwar, who was sacked in September, was convicted of four corruption counts in April in a separate trial and sentenced to six years in jail. The prison sentence will keep him out of politics until 2008 unless it is overturned in appeal.
Cambodian President Calls for Tribunal
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Fearing that aging Khmer Rouge leaders may die before justice can be served, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has called for a genocide tribunal to be convened before year's end.
So far, two Khmer Rouge leaders have been arrested and are facing trial for the movement's genocidal 1975-79 reign: guerrilla army chief Ta Mok, 72, and security chief Kaing Khek Iev, known by his revolutionary name, Duch.
However, several other top guerrilla chiefs live freely in Cambodia after negotiating defection deals with Hun Sen in recent years that led to the dissolution of the Khmer Rouge.
Family Reunification Discussed by Koreas
SEOUL -- The South Korean government expects a large number of family members separated by the heavily armed border between South and North Korea to be allowed to meet their relatives beginning this fall, an official said yesterday.
Appearing on state-run KBS-TV, Unification Minister Lim Dong Won said he is confident that the two governments will be able to reach full agreement on the issue at vice-ministerial talks scheduled to open in Beijing on June 21.
Lim declined to elaborate, but local media, quoting unidentified sources, said both Koreas have agreed to allow at least 1,000 people to meet relatives beginning on Chusok, a Korean holiday similar to Thanksgiving, which falls on Sept. 24.
ANC Vote Tally Looks Short of Two-Thirds
JOHANNESBURG -- With only a handful of remote polling stations to be heard from, it appeared the ruling African National Congress would not win a two-thirds majority of the vote in Wednesday's elections.
The ANC needed to take two-thirds of the vote in order to win the power to change the constitution, but it was just short with 66.37 percent of the vote. Final results are due late today, after voting station reports are verified with written reports, the Independent Electoral Commission said.
As ballot-counting neared completion in Kwazulu-Natal, the ANC trailed the Inkatha Freedom Party 42 to 39 percent in the province.
Loss of the province on the Indian Ocean would be the ANC's only defeat in Wednesday's elections, although it did not win a majority in Western Cape's provincial legislature.
THE MIDDLE EAST
Barak Tries to Find Settlement Compromise
TEL AVIV -- Israel's new government will curb Jewish settlement building in areas claimed by Palestinians but will not dismantle existing settlements, according to draft guidelines for Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak's emerging coalition.
The guidelines, published in the newspaper Haaretz and confirmed by Barak spokesman David Ziso, show Barak's determination to assume power soon -- with or without outgoing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's hard-line Likud party as part of the new governing coalition.
Barak has said he wants a broad-based coalition before pursuing land-for-peace talks with Syria and the Palestinians, but he has been frustrated by Likud's demands that he continue settlement expansion.
Zedillo Denies Jailed Banker's Allegations
MEXICO CITY -- Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo denied charges by a disgraced banker awaiting extradition in an Australian jail that he funneled millions of dollars into ruling party campaigns.
Zedillo's office said in a letter to the Miami Herald released in Mexico City that the president had no knowledge of contributions from renegade banker Carlos Cabal Peniche and that an inquiry had been held into his allegation.
Cabal, jailed in Melbourne, was quoted in the Miami Herald a week ago as saying he had poured $25 million into the 1994 campaign coffers of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, the longest-ruling party in the world.
FOR THE RECORD
PELPLIN, Poland -- Pope John Paul II praised Polish martyrs -- a missionary slain a thousand years ago and priests killed by the Nazis -- as examples for today's generation, urging his countrymen to cling to their Roman Catholic faith.
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela repatriated the last of about 2,500 Colombians who fled their homes to escape paramilitary violence but was left wondering if its war-torn neighbor's conflicts would spill over the border again.
WARRI, Nigeria -- New ethnic fighting erupted near the center of Nigeria's southern oil industry hub of Warri after two days of ethnic clashes left at least 14 people dead.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"It tears your heart out. We've witnessed the atrocities. It's maddening to have to watch the destruction and be at a loss as to what to do about it. You want to be able to find them [the Serbs], and they're so elusive."
Boomer, an allied pilot, on distress he feels about not being able to hit Yugoslav troops who have set fire to Kosovo towns and villages. -- Page A15