- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 7, 2000

Ex-spy chief seeks deal, says lawmaker

LIMA, Peru Ex-spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos has sent a cryptic message saying he fears for his life and wants to cut a deal to surrender, a leading opposition lawmaker said yesterday.

Congressman Fernando Olivera told the radio station Radioprogramas that a top military official contacted two members of the Independent Moralizing Front party Friday with a message from the fugitive.

"Vladimiro Montesinos is terrified because he believes he will be assassinated by those who fear he will talk and reveal all the crimes and all of his accomplices," Mr. Olivera said. Mr. Montesinos has been in hiding since his return to Peru two weeks ago after a failed asylum bid in Panama.

Ecuadoran bus plunge leaves 40 dead

QUITO, Ecuador At least 40 persons died and 20 were hurt yesterday when a bus plunged down a 820-foot cliff in central Ecuador, police said.

The bus, carrying around 60 passengers, was traveling to the town of Vizcaya from Banos, a spot on the side of a volcano that is popular with tourists for its thermal baths. It is about 110 miles south of Quito.

Most of the dead were farm workers, and no foreigners appeared to be among the passengers hurt or killed, police said.

Fierce storms kill six in Western Europe

LONDON Whipping winds and heavy rain pounded much of Western Europe yesterday, flooding villages, damaging buildings and prompting officials in some places to cancel flights. At least six persons were killed.

While deep snow and winds as strong as 159 mph roared through mountainous Switzerland, Britain was being buffeted by rain. Three rivers had overflowed in southern England by yesterday afternoon and two persons died when their car was struck by a falling tree.

In southeastern France, mudslides killed two men. A falling tree killed a woman in France's southwest. In Ireland, a 68-year-old woman died after being hit by a gate in heavy winds while working on her farm.

Sunnis, Shi'ites fight; at least 13 die

LUCKNOW, India A mob of Sunnis attacked Shi'ites in an eastern market city known for conflicts between the two Muslim factions, police said yesterday. At least 13 persons were killed.

Bombings, shootings and looting broke out in the market area of Mubarakpur in the eastern state of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday night, said officials reached by phone from Lucknow.

Police said 13 persons were killed and more than 40 injured. Shi'ite leaders said 15 persons were dead, 11 of them Shi'ites, and that four more were on life support.

Program under way to protect wild deer

MOSCOW An international project to save Eurasia's biggest population of wild deer has been started in northern Russia, the Interfax news agency reported yesterday.

The U.N. Development Program and the Global Ecological Fund have joined forces with northern Russia's nongovernmental organization Arctic Ring in a project to protect more than a million wild deer in Russia's Taymyr region.

Harmful industrial pollutants have forced the deer to change their traditional migration routes, and the construction of new gas and oil pipelines has made migration increasingly difficult, sometimes resulting in decimation of entire herds, UNDP officials said.

Soccer stampede injures 20

ABUJA, Nigeria A crowd at a Nigerian soccer match stampeded for the exits after police used tear gas to break up fights in the stands, a witness said yesterday. At least 20 persons were hurt, he said.

The incident began during an amateur soccer match Sunday in Kano, Nigeria, when two groups of young thugs began fighting. Police eventually arrived and tried to disperse the thugs with tear gas but ended up starting a stampede, said a local journalist who was watching the match.

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