- The Washington Times - Monday, June 26, 2000

Religious strife rages in Indonesia; 7 dead

JAKARTA, Indonesia Deadly street battles between Christians and Muslims raged in the city of Ambon again yesterday, leaving at least seven dead, and Indonesia's military reportedly backed calls for imposing martial law in the Maluku Islands.
Malik Selang, an official at the city's Al Fatah mosque, said at least seven Muslims were killed yesterday morning in Ambon, the main city in the Malukus, bringing the death toll from five days of violence to at least 53.
An official at the state-run Haulusy Hospital said many people of both faiths had been wounded.

Saddam suspends military zones

BAGHDAD President Saddam Hussein issued a decree yesterday suspending his 1998 order that divided the country into four military zones in anticipation of the heavy wave of U.S.-British air strikes that year.
It is not clear whether Saddam's decision will lead to any changes on the ground because most of Iraq's government-controlled provinces now are run by veteran army commanders. Iraq's three Kurdish provinces in the north are administered by Kurdish rebels outside government jurisdiction.
In the decree, read over state-run television, Saddam said the United States and Britain had failed to impose their will during air raids launched in December 1998 to punish Baghdad for not cooperating with U.N. weapons inspectors.

Oil refinery explosion in Kuwait kills 4

KUWAIT An explosion early yesterday at the largest of Kuwait's three oil refineries killed four workers, injured 49 and seriously damaged the facility, authorities said.
The blast was caused by a gas leak, but it was not clear what had ignited the escaping gas, said the Mina al-Ahmedi refinery's operations manager, Hamza Bakhash.
The fire was under control by midmorning, and officials were allowing leaking gas to burn off, he said.

Slovak president catches pneumonia

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia President Rudolf Schuster has developed pneumonia after undergoing two emergency operations for a perforated colon, a presidential spokesman said yesterday.
Spokesman Jozef Leikert said the medical team treating the president decided to carry out a tracheotomy late yesterday, an operation that involves cutting a hole in the windpipe to help the patient breathe.
Mr. Schuster initially had been taken to a hospital with a high fever and underwent an emergency operation June 18 on his colon. Doctors carried out a second, four-hour operation on Friday because of an infection.

Globalization fails to benefit masses

GENEVA Globalization has largely failed in its promise to benefit the world's masses, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said yesterday during a special summit.
Efforts to lower barriers to trade, investment and business around the world "can benefit humankind as a whole," Mr. Annan told organizations gathered to keep an eye on a special anti-poverty session of the U.N. General Assembly.
"But clearly at the moment millions of people perhaps even a majority of the human race are being denied those benefits," he said.

South African penguins threatened by spill

JOHANNESBURG Environmentalists scrambled yesterday to rescue thousands of jackass penguins from an oil spill off Cape Town, just six years after the population was devastated by a similar disaster.
Christina Pretorius, a spokeswoman for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, said nearly 2,000 penguins had been rescued so far.
The oil spill began Friday when the bulk carrier Treasure carrying 1,400 tons of oil sank off the coast of Cape Town. Miss Pretorius said it had lost about a third of its oil by yesterday afternoon.

Based on wire dispatches and staff reports

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