North Korea to Deport Detained American
SEOUL -- North Korea today will deport an American businesswoman it detained a month ago, the nation's official news agency said yesterday.
Karen Han, a Korean American with homes in California and New Jersey, was arrested June 17 for a "gross violation" of a North Korean legal order, the Korea Central News Agency said. But the news agency said North Korea decided to "leniently pardon and deport her in consideration of her frank admission of her misconduct."
State Department spokesman James P. Rubin said last month that Han was in North Korea on a trip related to an effort to build a hospital and a garment manufacturing plant.
Hong Kong Rounds Up Residency Claimants
HONG KONG -- Hong Kong rounded up more than a dozen Chinese claiming residency rights and threatened to deport thousands more under tightened immigration laws approved by Beijing. The move came after the territory amended immigration laws to reflect Beijing's controversial interpretation of the territory's post-colonial constitution and reduced the number of Chinese from the mainland eligible to live to Hong Kong.
Indonesia's Military Backs No Party
SINGAPORE -- The Indonesian military will support the presidential candidate who can do the most for the nation, armed forces chief Gen. Wiranto said after receiving a medal from the Singapore government.
"In the current situation [the armed forces] don't support any political party," Wiranto said after receiving a Distinguished Service Medal from President Ong Teng Cheong. "We want to support the candidate [for] the next president [who] . . . can do everything for the nation and the people."
The role of the armed forces may prove crucial in picking the new president.
American Medic Killed in Honduras
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- An American military medic participating in a relief program has been killed in northern Honduras, a U.S. Embassy spokeswoman said.
Sgt. Francisco J. Morales, 36, was found shot Saturday morning in Trujillo, 155 miles north of the capital, embassy spokeswoman Marti Stell said. The embassy had no further information on the killing of Morales, who served in the Louisiana National Guard as a medic and lab technician. "The case is being investigated by Honduran police and U.S. military officials," Stell said.
Sandinistas Celebrate Their Revolution
MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- Thousands of Sandinistas set aside internal party differences to celebrate the 20th anniversary of a revolution that overthrew a U.S.-backed dictator and lit a beacon for leftists worldwide.
Hours before party chief and former president Daniel Ortega took the stage, at least 20,000 supporters wearing the party's red-and-black packed Managua's central plaza, where 20 years ago Sandinista guerrillas declared Nicaragua free from 50 years of Somoza family tyranny.
THE MIDDLE EAST
Turkey Denies Bombing Attack on Iran
ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey's defense minister denied Iranian reports that Turkish warplanes had bombed targets in Iran, killing five people and injuring 10.
"The claims have nothing to do with the truth," Defense Minister Sabahattin Cakmakoglu said in a statement. "It is out of the question for Turkish planes to cross the Iranian border and hit some targets."
Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said Turkey is willing to conduct a joint inquiry at the scene of the reported airstrike.
Israel to End Administrative Detentions
JERUSALEM -- Israel new justice minister, Yossi Beilin, said he plans to cancel the legal basis for holding Lebanese detainees in Israel for years without charges, raising the possibility they might be freed within months.
Norway Drops Charges on Mossad Agent
OSLO -- Norwegian prosecutors have dropped charges against a retired Israeli intelligence agent suspected of masterminding an assassination mission that killed the wrong man. The case was dismissed Sunday because it would probably be impossible to convict the former top Mossad agent, Mike Harari, because of lack of evidence and the amount of time that has passed since the 1973 killing of Moroccan waiter Ahmed Bouchikhi in the town of Lillehammer, prosecutor Henry John Maeland said.
China Plans to Rebuild Belgrade Embassy
BELGRADE -- China plans to rebuild its embassy in Belgrade and help repair the Serbian Television building, both badly damaged during NATO's 11-week bombing campaign against Yugoslavia, Serbian media said. The Tanjug news agency quoted the charge d'affaires of the Chinese Embassy as saying he had discussed the rebuilding of the mission at a new site with Belgrade municipal officials.
Shevardnadze Plans to Run for Reelection
TBILISI, Georgia -- After dropping hints in recent weeks, President Eduard Shevardnadze said he will run for reelection next year. "I confirm my decision to run for president in the year 2000," Shevardnadze said in his weekly radio address.
Panel Acquits Warden in Tourist Killing
NAIROBI -- A Kenyan game warden accused of murdering British tourist Julie Ward in 1988 was found not guilty by three members of the public appointed to advise a judge overseeing the case. The verdict by the "assessors" does not clear 49-year-old Simon Ole Makallah. Judge Daniel Aganyanya is to deliver another ruling on Sept. 17.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"You can argue about the numbers, but the fact is, the population has been decimated."
Dan Murphy, an American physician working in East Timor, on the situation in the western part of the territory