THE MIDDLE EAST
Turkey Offers to Sell Water in Mideast
ANKARA, Turkey--Turkey said yesterday it wants to boost the Middle East peace process by selling fresh water to arid Israel and Jordan from its southern rivers.
"Turkey would be quite pleased to contribute to the peace process by offering its water potential," said Energy Minister Cumhur Ersumer.
Ersumer was speaking during a meeting with a Jordanian delegation led by Water and Irrigation Minister Kamal Mahadin to introduce a $147 million plant to provide 17 million cubic feet of fresh water daily.
Saddam Hussein Marks War Anniversary
BAGHDAD, Iraq--President Saddam Hussein marked the ninth anniversary of the Gulf War by urging Iraqis not to lose hope in the face of crippling U.N. sanctions.
He said the 1991 conflict against a U.S.-led coalition over Iraq's brief seizure of Kuwait is still being waged against his country through U.N. sanctions.
Bomb Kills Man in Southern Lebanon
MARJUYUN, Lebanon--A bomb that sources said was planted by Hezbollah rebels exploded on a road in southern Lebanon, killing one person.
The explosion occurred in the western sector of Israel's occupation zone. One member of a pro-Israeli militia, who was driving his car near Houla village, was killed. In Beirut, the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group claimed responsibility.
Bomb in Pakistan Kills Six, Injures 17
KARACHI, Pakistan--A powerful bomb exploded in a busy Karachi street, killing at least six people and injuring 17, doctors and witnesses said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the governor of Sindh province, of which Karachi is the capital, blamed a "foreign hand," a term sometimes used to refer to neighboring India.
Accused U.S. Soldier Moved from Kosovo
PRISTINA, Yugoslavia--A U.S. soldier held on murder and indecency charges in connection with the killing of a 12-year-old girl in Kosovo has been transferred to a military prison in Germany, U.S. forces said.
Staff Sgt. Frank Ronghi, 35, was charged Sunday with murder and indecent acts with a child. Officers said then they planned to transfer him to the prison in Germany. They did not give a reason but it seemed likely they thought it prudent to get him out of Kosovo quickly to minimize the chance of adverse local reaction.
Aide to Terrorist Sentenced to Life
BERLIN--In one of Germany's last trials of 1980s terrorism suspects, a man who once headed European operations for Carlos the Jackal was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Johannes Weinrich, 52, was on trial for a 1983 bombing in West Berlin. Weinrich planned and helped carry out the attack on a French cultural center that killed one man and injured 23, a Berlin court ruled after the nearly four-year trial.
Spain Sets Vote for March 12
MADRID--Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar called a general election for March 12, asking Spaniards for another term to pursue free-market policies and press his hard-line stance against Basque separatists.
EU Lifts Arms Embargo on Indonesia
BRUSSELS--Despite opposition from human rights campaigners, the European Union lifted a four-month arms embargo imposed on Indonesia during the violence that followed East Timor's vote for independence.
The embargo was introduced to pressure Jakarta into accepting international peacekeepers in East Timor, where anti-independence militias rampaged after the province voted overwhelming for independence in an Aug. 30 referendum.
Former CIA Director Critically Injured
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica--Former CIA director Adm. Stansfield Turner was in stable but critical condition following the plane crash that killed his wife and three others. Turner, 76, suffered head and chest injuries in Saturday's crash, said Deborah Beuchan, a physician at the Hospital Mexico.
Turner served as CIA director under President Carter between 1977 and 1981. His wife, Eli Karen, died in the accident, according to U.S. Embassy spokesman David Gilmour.
Seventeen passengers and three crew members were aboard the Czech-built LET410, operated by Taxi Aereo Centroamericano, which crashed into a house minutes after taking off for the Tortuguero national park on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast.
Angolan Leader Urges UNITA Sanctions
LUANDA, Angola--Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos urged the United Nations to maintain effective sanctions against the rebel UNITA movement to help restore stability in his war-torn country.
The remarks came a day before the U.N. Security Council was to hold an open session on Angola. A shaky 1994 peace deal crumbled when fighting erupted in the southwest African country in December 1998. In the past four months government troops have captured several rebel bases and pushed UNITA to the far south and east.
Gambian Minister Seeks to Calm Citizens
BANJUL, Gambia--Gambia's interior minister went on state radio to calm citizens panicked by shooting as the authorities rounded up soldiers suspected of a weekend coup plot.
Shops and offices in Banjul closed as rumors of a fresh coup attempt spread through the capital, witnesses said. But Interior Minister Ousman Badjie said the gunfire was a minor episode in the aftermath of events two days ago, when a plot involving the officer in charge of security at the presidency was foiled.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"We didn't ever understand what we were supposed to do."
-- Ildar, a Russian soldier injured in Chechnya