Milosevic Declares Rebuilding a Success
BELGRADE--Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic declared yesterday that the country has successfully rebuilt after this spring's NATO bombing, and he claimed that "all citizens" are united. Speaking at an awards ceremony for officials and companies that took part in the reconstruction, Milosevic's upbeat comments appeared to be part of an effort to counter growing U.S. support for the Serbian opposition.
"Small exceptions are so small they are not worth mentioning," he said, alluding to pro-democracy leaders who won a pledge Wednesday from the United States that it would lift a ban on oil sales and flights to Serbia--the larger of Yugoslavia's two republics--if free and fair elections are held.
U.S. Chides Israel Over Yugoslav TV Deal
JERUSALEM--The United States is "furious" with Israel for allowing the pariah Yugoslav government to use the Israeli Amos-1 satellite for television broadcasts, a U.S. official said.
An official with Spacecom, which operates Amos-1, said the company has stopped the broadcasts by order of the Israeli government.
The U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright raised the issue with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak at a summit in Oslo this week.
In Washington, State Department spokesman James P. Rubin said, "We are deeply concerned about this cooperation that has enabled [Yugoslav President Slobodan] Milosevic's propaganda machine to stay on the air in certain areas."
Prosecutors Decry Argentine Indictments
MADRID--State prosecutors appealed to the National Court to throw out indictments brought by a Spanish judge accusing 98 Argentine military officers of genocide, terrorism and torture.
The prosecutor's office said Spain lacked jurisdiction in the case, the state news agency Efe reported. Spanish investigative judge Baltasar Garzon, who is pursuing the extradition of former Chilean ruler Augusto Pinochet from Britain on similar charges, indicted 98 Argentine officers on Tuesday in connection with a military dictatorship that lasted from 1976 to 1983.
Chinese Police Fire on Tibetan Protesters
BEIJING--Chinese police fired on Tibetan protesters demanding the release of three monks arrested on suspicion of having contacts with the Dalai Lama's exiled government, a human rights group reported. The Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy, which has links to the Dalai Lama, said the number of casualties was not known. The group said it was unclear how many shots police fired.
About 3,000 Tibetans staged the Oct. 31 protest in Garze, a town in a Tibetan-inhabited region of the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, the group said.
Zambian Opposition Figure Slain
LUSAKA, Zambia--One man was arrested in the shooting death of Wezi Kaunda, a rising opposition leader and the son of former president Kenneth Kaunda. Wezi Kaunda, 47, was returning to his Lusaka home late Wednesday with his wife, Didi, when four gunmen confronted him at his front gate. Mrs. Kaunda, who was not hurt, told friends that her husband identified himself to his attackers and dropped to his knees, begging that his life be spared. The gunmen shot him four times and sped off in the family's luxury off-road vehicle.
Militants Seize Nigerian Gas Company
LAGOS, Nigeria--Ethnic militants captured the headquarters of Nigeria's state gas producer in an armed attack that left 30 people injured and dozens of cars destroyed, a newspaper reported. The raid on the Nigerian Gas Company headquarters in Ekpan, a suburb of the city of Warri in the southern Niger Delta, was carried out Wednesday by Itsekiri youths protesting the firm's decision to pay levies to mainly Urhobo community groups, the Lagos Punch newspaper reported.
It was unclear whether the company was forced to halt gas collection and distribution from wells operated by Shell Oil and other companies in the region.
Cuba Warns Dissidents on Summit
HAVANA--Cuba warned it would punish any attempt by U.S.-backed dissidents to disrupt an Iberian-American summit in Havana, but added that the invited leaders could meet anti-government activists if they wished.
The position outlined by Foreign Ministry spokesman Alejandro Gonzales was an unusual gesture by Cuba's Communist Party government, which regularly dismisses and ridicules the dissidents as "counter-revolutionaries" in the pay of the United States. Gonzales said the heads of state and government invited to the Nov. 15-16 summit would be allowed "free time and complete freedom of movement."
THE MIDDLE EAST
Syrian Paper Decries Summit Outcome
DAMASCUS, Syria--An official Syrian newspaper condemned the outcome of the Oslo summit between President Clinton and Israeli and Palestinian leaders, saying the meeting had left Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak more obstinate about seeking peace with Syria.
The Al-Baath daily, in a front page editorial by chief editor Terki Saqr, said Barak was becoming more extreme than his hard-line predecessor, Binyamin Netanyahu, and ruled out any change in the Syrian position. The newspaper, the official publication of the ruling Baath party, questioned if the United States was serious about advancing peace talks.
Churches to Close in Protest of Mosque
JERUSALEM--Christian leaders in the Holy Land said they would close their churches for two days this month to protest plans to build a mosque near the main Christian shrine in Nazareth, where Jesus grew up. The announcement carried with it a veiled threat that church doors could also slam shut at Christmas. It cast more clouds over Israel's hopes for a millennium tourism boom and the prospects for a historic pilgrimage to the Holy Land next March by Pope John Paul II.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"We are going more and more the route of the United States. Have charisma and look good on TV, and you can become president."
--Vicente Fox, a Mexican presidential candidate