- The Washington Times - Friday, August 18, 2000

Mine expert killed in Bosnia

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina Three persons, including a Swedish mines expert, were killed yesterday in Bosnia as they tried to move the bodies of two fishermen killed in a minefield earlier this week, the United Nations said.U.N. spokesman Douglas Coffman told Reuters the United Nations had been informed that the victims were a Swedish member of a demining team, a Bosnian Serb member of a demining team and a local policeman. A language assistant was seriously injured.

Neo-conservatives gain in Canada

OTTAWA Canada's once-powerful Progressive Conservative Party was dealt another body blow yesterday as a top member from Manitoba joined a wave of defections to the new Canadian Alliance party.

Alliance leader Stockwell Day was in Winnipeg to meet Brian Pallister, 46, a former Conservative leadership candidate, and hear him announce he will seek a seat in Parliament for the Alliance.

Mr. Pallister was the latest in a series of high-level defections to the Alliance.

Taiwan president visits Central America

MANAGUA, Nicaragua Taiwanese President Chen Sui-bian was due to arrive in Nicaragua yesterday to start a three-day trip to Central America to reinforce diplomatic ties with some of his nation's staunchest allies.

Mr. Chen, making his first official international trip after taking office three months ago, has vowed to break Taiwan's diplomatic isolation. He will visit Costa Rica today before going to Africa.

Churchill's wife nearly shot him

LONDON Winston Churchill, Britain's wartime leader, came within seconds of being shot in the back by his own wife, a former Royal Air Force pilot said yesterday.

The incident happened when Churchill and his wife, Clementine, were inspecting a squadron of fighter aircraft in 1939, according to Wing Commander James Sanders.

As the future British prime minister stood in the front of Mr. Sanders' fully-armed Gladiator fighter plane, his wife was sitting in the cockpit being shown the controls.

She was about to put her hand on the firing button when Mr. Sanders knocked her hand away just in time.

Protestants seek halt in N. Ireland attacks

BELFAST A political party linked to Protestant guerrillas in Northern Ireland called for an end to tit-for-tat sectarian violence yesterday after three homes came under attack in a Roman Catholic area.

Windows were smashed and paint splattered at three houses in an Irish nationalist part of Belfast in the latest round of nightly violence that has raised Protestant-Catholic tensions in the British province.

Gary McMichael of the Ulster Democratic Party (UDP), which is close to the Ulster Defense Association and Ulster Freedom Fighters Protestant guerrilla bands, said the violence must end.

Taleban relents, lets U.N. reopen bakeries

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Afghanistan's hard-line Taleban rulers reversed themselves yesterday and said the United Nations could reopen bakeries that employ widows and feed the poor in the fundamentalist Muslim country.

The decision came a day after the Taleban shut 25 bakeries and told the 360 women who worked there to go home.

Australia accused of bias against women

CANBERRA, Australia A dozen angry protesters accused the government of sex bias yesterday over legislation aimed at barring single women and lesbians from using in vitro fertilization to become pregnant.

Prime Minister John Howard's ruling conservative coalition insisted that the legislation, submitted yesterday, was meant to ensure that children would grow up in two-parent families.

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