Albright Wants More Aid for Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria--Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, demonstrating support for Nigeria's return to democracy after 15 years of dictatorship, recommended yesterday that U.S. aid be increased to Africa's most populous country as much as four times current levels of $27 million. Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and Albright also discussed the possibility of Nigeria extraditing drug lords who use the country as a transit point in the flow of Asian heroin to the United States.
Albright is the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Nigeria in almost 13 years, reflecting U.S. displeasure over the military rule that preceded Obasanjo's election in May.
Niger Election Headed for Runoff
NIAMEY, Niger--Niger's presidential election appeared headed for a runoff with about 75 percent of the votes counted. Despite minor logistical problems, the voting Sunday to replace military junta leader Daouda Malam Wanke was free and fair, international observers said. The candidate of what was formerly Niger's only legal party, Tandja Mamadou, maintained his lead with 404,000 votes. Former prime minister Mahamadou Issoufou was second with 340,000 votes.
Putin Vows to Fight Russian Cash Outflow
MOSCOW--Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, whose country has been hit by allegations of money laundering and corruption, vowed at international crime fighting talks to halt the flow of "dirty money" out of Russia. Attorney General Janet Reno, who met Putin at the conference of law enforcers from the Group of Eight countries, said she was "gratified" at assurances on money laundering, and a British official hailed Putin's firm stance on crime. The meeting of officials from the G-8, which joins Russia and the Group of Seven leading industrial powers, was called to discuss money laundering and international organized crime.
Yeltsin Messages Clinton on Chechnya
MOSCOW--Russian President Boris Yeltsin tried to ease Western fears over fighting in Chechnya with a message to President Clinton saying Moscow wants a political solution to the conflict. But as the Russian military continued to pound Chechnya in the weeks-old campaign, a senior minister confirmed that Moscow's forces had advanced within 13 miles of the regional capital of Grozny. Yeltsin's message to Clinton painted Russia as a victim of international terrorism but said it was open to talks with "all Chechen leaders who do not accept violence and terror."
Tribunal Rules on Bosnian Serb
THE HAGUE--A U.N. war crimes tribunal acquitted a Bosnian Serb of genocide, but convicted him on 31 other counts of torture and murder to which he confessed. Goran Jelisic, 31, called himself "Adolf" and confessed to killing at least 12 Croat and Muslim prisoners during the Bosnian war from 1992-95. But a three-judge international panel concluded there was insufficient proof that Jelisic carried out a genocidal campaign at the Luka prison camp in northern Bosnia in 1992. The former mechanic faces multiple life sentences.
Jews, Catholics to Review WWII Papers
VATICAN CITY--A panel of Roman Catholic and Jewish scholars will review published material from church archives about World War II, possibly shedding more light on the disputed record of Pope Pius XII. The agreement between the Vatican and the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations covers 11 volumes of war-era material published by the Vatican between 1965 and '81. Vatican and Jewish sources said the Holy See's archives will not be thrown open directly to the group, as some Jewish leaders have requested, but the scholars eventually may receive indirect and partial access.
EgyptAir Hijacker Surrenders in Hamburg
HAMBURG, Germany--A man who hijacked an EgyptAir plane en route from Istanbul to Cairo gave himself up to German police shortly after landing at Hamburg airport, a police spokesman said. "This hijacking has ended and, thank God, without bloodshed," the spokesman said, adding that all 48 passengers and six crew members aboard were unharmed.
It remained unclear what the man's motives were. The police spokesman said his nationality was not known.
German Workers Protest Against Budget
BERLIN--Tens of thousands of public workers marched through Berlin in the first major protest against the German government's austerity budget, demanding an end to the pay gap between workers in the west and former communist east and bigger raises for all. Almost 60,000 protesters rallied outside Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's offices and at City Hall in central Berlin to vent their anger at government plans to limit salary increases for civil servants to the rate of inflation over the next two years.
THE MIDDLE EAST
Mandela Urges Israeli Withdrawal
GAZA CITY--Former South African president Nelson Mandela urged Israel to withdraw from the Palestinian territories, south Lebanon and the Golan Heights. Mandela, 81, arrived in Gaza for his first visit to Palestinian-ruled areas and Israel on a tour that has taken him to Iran and Syria. Mandela is a longtime supporter of the Palestine Liberation Organization and a close friend of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"If they try to evacuate our real communities, for us this is a red line and it cannot be crossed."
-- Beni Kashriel, chairman of the Council of Jewish Settlers in the West Bank and Gaza -- Page A23
CAPTION: London police restrain a protester waving a Tibetan flag who tried to disrupt the carriage ride of Queen Elizabeth II and Chinese President Jiang Zemin on the first full day of his state visit to Britain.