- The Washington Times - Monday, July 31, 2000

Concorde makes emergency stop

LONDON A British Airways Concorde flight from London to New York had to make an emergency stop in Canada yesterday after passengers complained about a smell of gasoline in the cabin, the airline said.
It was the second problem in one day with the airline's Concorde flights, coming after Tuesday's crash of an Air France Concorde outside Paris, which killed 114 persons.
Earlier yesterday, another British Airways Concorde flight to New York was unable to take off from London's Heathrow Airport because of a refueling problem, the airline said.
Experts investigating Tuesday's disaster were trying to determine whether a tire explosion before takeoff could be linked to the raging fire that spewed from the plane's left bank of engines before it crashed.

Zimbabwe to acquire 3,000 farms

HARARE, Zimbabwe Zimbabwe's government plans to acquire 3,000 white-owned farms immediately for the resettlement of thousands of people, state television said yesterday.
President Robert Mugabe's government had previously said it had earmarked about 800 white-owned farms for redistribution to landless blacks under a controversial resettlement program that has fanned political and economic crises.
The decision to acquire 3,000 farms came a day after Zimbabwe's white farmers said they would join a national strike this week to put pressure on Mr. Mugabe to end violence against opposition supporters and the occupation of farms by self-styled independence war veterans.

Rebels attack town, kill police officers

BOGOTA, Colombia Leftist rebels attacking a police station in a mountain town claimed to have killed nearly two dozen officers, and authorities said they feared the worst yesterday as they struggled to deploy reinforcements.
Radio transmissions from the besieged police officers in the town of Arboleda were cut yesterday morning, about 24 hours after the attack began. The rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia told a local photojournalist who tried to enter Arboleda that they had killed 23 police officers.
Police said they could not confirm the report, but said it was possible that casualties are high among the 26 officers stationed in Arboleda.

Labastida eyes group to monitor government

MEXICO CITY Francisco Labastida, who led Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to its first defeat in presidential elections in 71 years, is mulling the creation of a foundation to monitor the performance of the government, a magazine reported yesterday.
Milenio quoted Marcos Bucio, former head of Mr. Labastida's campaign communications, as saying: "It is a foundation from which we will investigate the government of Vicente Fox."
Mr. Labastida, a former interior minister and ex-governor of the northern Sinaloa state, lost to Mr. Fox and his center-right National Action Party (PAN) in elections on July 2.

Former president returns from exile

BEIRUT Former President Amin Gemayel, a Christian leader whose alliance with the United States against Syria during Lebanon's civil war forced him into exile, returned yesterday for the first time in eight years.
Mr. Gemayel, who said he returned after assurances from Lebanon's pro-Syrian government of President Emile Lahoud, arrived from Paris to a small but emotional welcome from family members at Beirut International Airport.
The former president took office in 1982, as Israeli troops seized the south and the rest of Lebanon slid into anarchy. Syrian pressure made it impossible for him to complete a 1983 agreement on an Israeli withdrawal.
Mr. Gemayel then struck an alliance with President Reagan against Syrian influence, backing an ill-fated multinational peacekeeping mission that later collapsed in 1984 as attacks drove the U.S. Marines from Beirut.

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