- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 18, 2000

Indian peacekeeper killed in U.N. rescue

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone An Indian U.N. peacekeeper was killed and seven peacekeepers were injured during the weekend raid to free more than 200 U.N. soldiers who were surrounded by rebels, the U.N. commander in Sierra Leone said yesterday.
"We managed to extricate all the 233 peacekeepers and in doing so we had one fatal casualty and seven injured," the force commander, Indian Maj. Gen. Vijay Jetley, said. "This is the price we have to pay."
The dramatic rescue mission began early Saturday when a team of Ghanaian, Indian and Nigerian troops freed hostages held within a U.N. base inside the eastern rebel stronghold of Kailahun since early May.
The slain peacekeeper was identified as Sgt. Krishnan Kumar. He died of injuries suffered when his truck was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, according to a U.N. statement.

New president takes oath in Fiji

SUVA, Fiji Josefa Iloilo was sworn in as Fiji's president yesterday in a parliamentary ceremony witnessed by George Speight, the leader of a recent coup.
On May 19, Mr. Speight and a handful of special forces soldiers seized parliament and effectively deposed former Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry and his government after holding them hostage for eight weeks.

Zimbabwe issues farm hit list

HARARE, Zimbabwe Zimbabwe's government issued a list yesterday of 165 white-owned farms it said it will begin seizing immediately for the resettlement of landless blacks.
But farm leaders disputed the Agriculture Ministry's claim that owners of those properties were willing to cede them to the state with no guarantees of compensation.
War veterans and ruling party militants began occupying white-owned farms in February, after President Robert Mugabe lost a constitutional referendum that would have empowered him to nationalize the farms without paying compensation.

Romanian president won't run again

BUCHAREST, Romania Saying he was disgusted by corruption, Romanian President Emil Constantinescu announced yesterday he would not run for re-election this fall.
Mr. Constantinescu, 60, who supports reforms and integration into the European mainstream, is trailing in opinion polls behind former President Ion Iliescu. Bickering in the five-party governing coalition and the decline in the economy have made him unpopular since he came to power in 1996.
Elections are expected in November.

Division appears in Serb vote boycott

LEPOSAVIC, Yugoslavia The leaders of all the major political groups in the most northerly Serbian community in Kosovo yesterday urged their supporters to register to vote in U.N.-backed municipal elections.
The decision by leaders in Leposavic, a Serbian-majority municipality of 18,000 people, is the first major crack in a provincewide Serbian boycott of the elections and a gesture of defiance to extremists who descended on the town Saturday and forced the registration center to close early.

Nanny's parents face fraud charges

CHESTER, England The parents of Louise Woodward, the former au pair convicted in the death of a child in Massachusetts, went on trial yesterday on charges of defrauding a fund set up in her name.
Gary and Sue Woodward are accused of submitting a false invoice for $14,500 for Sue Woodward's accommodation in Boston, where her daughter was tried for murder in 1997.
Miss Woodward was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of Matthew Eappen, an 8-month-old boy in her care, but a judge later reduced her conviction to manslaughter and she was released after spending 279 days in jail.

Based on wire dispatches and staff reports.

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