Serb Dies in Kosovo Street Battle
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, Yugoslavia--One Serb was stoned to death and about 20 other people, including French and Russian peacekeeping troops, were injured when Serbs and ethnic Albanians fought a street battle in Kosovo.
The fighting broke out after a funeral to rebury about 20 ethnic Albanians whose remains were exhumed from a mass grave last month. Thousands of mourners spotted Serbs in cars on a main road and began to throw stones. They also threw gasoline bombs at a Russian armored personnel carrier and several vehicles were set ablaze, a U.N. spokesman said, describing the clashes as a four-hour battle with the two sides fighting with sticks and stones.
Meanwhile, an opposition campaign to oust Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic appeared to be running out of steam, as only a few thousand protesters joined a march in Belgrade on the 15th consecutive day of demonstrations.
Mitchell Fears for N. Ireland Process
DUBLIN--Northern Ireland's peace process is under great stress and may collapse because of stubborn disagreements between two key parties, American mediator George Mitchell said. "The review I am engaged upon will be concluded in the near future. I have not set a specific time, but I do not intend this to be an open-ended process," Mitchell said in a speech to a banking conference.
Mitchell, a former U.S. senator, chaired the negotiations that produced the Good Friday agreement in 1998 that created a Protestant-Catholic government for Northern Ireland.
That government has not been formed because the Ulster Unionists, the province's major Protestant party, are demanding that the Irish Republican Army begin to disarm before its political wing, Sinn Fein, can join the government. The IRA has refused.
Austria Begins Forming New Government
VIENNA--Austria's grand coalition formally resigned but remained in office on a caretaker basis, while far-right leader Joerg Haider staked his claim to be part of the next government.
Haider, whose Freedom Party made historic gains and became the second-largest party in Sunday's election, said his success did not mean Austria had swung to the right and he promised an "open, liberal and tolerant" political system.
Social Democratic Chancellor Viktor Klima submitted his government's resignation to President Thomas Klestil, who has already begun to explore coalition options with party leaders. The election result left the shape of the next government wide open.
Japan to Compensate Nuclear Victims
TOKYO--A Japanese company promised to pay damages to the victims of the country's worst nuclear accident, which exposed dozens of people to radiation and forced hundreds of thousands of others to stay indoors.
Government investigators again searched the offices of the plant's operator, JCO Co., to look for evidence of wrongdoing behind last Thursday's accident, which sent three workers to the hospital. A police spokesman said about 200 investigators raided the JCO plant in Tokaimura, 70 miles northeast of Tokyo, and its Tokyo headquarters today. Japanese media reported that authorities suspect professional negligence and violation of nuclear power plant regulations.
S. Korean Workers Exposed to Radiation
SEOUL--Radioactive water leaked inside a South Korean nuclear power plant during repair work, exposing 22 workers to small amounts of radiation, the government said yesterday.
About 12 gallons of "heavy water" was leaked during the accident Monday night at a nuclear plant in Wolsung, 190 miles southeast of the capital, Seoul, the Science and Technology Ministry said in a statement.
The radioactive water was contained in the plant and did not escape into the environment, the ministry said.
Those exposed to radiation were employees of the state Korea Electric Power Corp., which runs three reactors in Wolsung.
THE MIDDLE EAST
Moderate Quake Shakes Southern Turkey
MARMARIS, Turkey--A moderate earthquake shook southern Turkey, jolting this resort town and sending tourists and residents into the streets in panic. A number of people jumped off balconies in fear. Hospital officials said 32 people were treated for broken legs or arms.
Istanbul's Kandilli Observatory said the epicenter of the 3:53 a.m. quake was in this town 470 miles south of Istanbul. At least six aftershocks followed the quake, which had a magnitude of 5.2. A magnitude 7.4 quake hit northwest Turkey on Aug. 17, killing 16,000 people.
Mubarak Installs New Prime Minister
CAIRO--Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, 71, began a new six-year term and immediately changed his prime minister. Officials said he named Atef Obeid, privatization chief in the previous cabinet, to replace Kamal Ganzouri. Obeid, a former professor of business administration at Cairo University, holds a PhD in business from the University of Illinois.
Flooding Kills 34 in Mexico
VILLAHERMOSA, Mexico--The Mexican government declared a state of emergency in the Gulf Coast state of Tabasco, where the worst flooding in 40 years has killed at least 34 people and forced the evacuation of more than 100,000 others.
The flooding has caused seven rivers to overflow. In the state capital, Villahermosa, residents have been alarmed by reports of crocodiles up to 8 feet long roaming the flooded streets. Police shot one as it moved toward a populated neighborhood. Warning that water levels would rise further, authorities urged people to evacuate low-lying communities along several rivers.
Mayors Consult on Havana Renovations
HAVANA--Three American mayors shared their experiences of renovating their cities' historic districts with Cuban officials who want to spruce up Havana's decaying architectural gems. "We want them to know what we have done in our cities and how redevelopment can spur more development," said Mayor Victor Ashe of Knoxville, Tenn. "Renovated districts are engines for jobs, economic growth."
Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke, on his third trip to Havana, arrived Monday with Ashe and Mayor Joseph Riley of Charleston, S.C.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"Only idiots never change their minds."
-- Javier Solana, NATO's outgoing secretary general