- The Washington Times - Monday, September 25, 2000

Police arrest 25 for Jakarta bombings

JAKARTA, Indonesia Indonesian police announced yesterday they had arrested 25 persons suspected of carrying out a spate of bombings in the capital and said the next target would have been the U.S. Embassy.
The suspects were implicated in attacks including a blast at the Jakarta Stock Exchange that killed 15 persons, said Brig. Gen. Dadang Garnida.
U.S. Embassy officials declined to comment yesterday. The U.S. State Department warned last week that American companies and interests might be targeted by the bombers.

South Korea seeks food aid for the North

TOKYO South Korea's president yesterday asked Japan to increase shipments of food to North Korea as part of a joint effort to improve relations with the impoverished Stalinist nation.
"North Korea would be very appreciative if Japan would provide aid at this very difficult time," South Korean President Kim Dae-jung said on the last day of a two-day meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori.
In March, Japan decided to resume food aid to the North that was suspended in 1998 after Pyongyang tested a ballistic missile. Since then, Japan has delivered almost 100,000 tons of rice to the reclusive state, which is suffering food shortages following severe drought and typhoons.

Police break up neo-Nazi concert

BERLIN A riot erupted when police broke up a neo-Nazi concert with smoke bombs and tear gas in the northern city of Lueneberg, injuring 46 officers and 15 others, police said yesterday.
Two of the officers suffered head injuries and were hospitalized in the melee Saturday night. Thirty-two persons were arrested for disturbing the peace.
The concert which included numerous neo-Nazi bands from Germany and abroad was broken up because the event was connected to the banned international neo-Nazi organization Blood and Honor and its youth wing, White Youth.

Bangladesh flood kills nine; many homeless

DHAKA, Bangladesh Raging flood waters from rivers in northwestern Bangladesh breached mud embankments and swamped scores of villages, forcing at least 60,000 people to flee their homes, relief officials said yesterday.
Another 250,000 people have been marooned in more than 100 farming villages in the Rajshahi, Meherpur, Chapainawabganj and Chuadanga districts, the area's administrator, Mohammad Kamrul Islam, told the Associated Press by telephone.
Four children drowned in three villages of Chuadanga district, raising the death toll from the weeklong floods to nine persons, Islam said.

Heart attack kills Cuban co-pilot

BOGOTA, Colombia The co-pilot on a Cuban airliner with 76 passengers on board suffered a fatal heart attack after taking off from Bogota, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing, authorities said yesterday.
The Cubana de Aviacion airliner was on a Saturday night flight to Havana when the 43-year-old co-pilot, Angel Manuel Gonzalez, suffered the attack.
The plane was diverted to the airport in the Colombian city of Barranquilla, where it landed safely.

Friends, family attend Paula Yates funeral

LONDON A handful of stars turned out Saturday for the funeral of British TV celebrity Paula Yates, the 41-year-old "rock chick" found dead a week ago at her home in London's trendy Notting Hill district.
Irish pop star Bono of U2, behind heavy black sunglasses, was among friends and family paying their last respects at the ceremony in a tiny 12th-century village church close to the home she once shared with former rock star Sir Bob Geldof.
The cause of Mrs. Yates' death is still unknown, but British media reports say an empty vodka bottle and a partly empty bottle of painkillers lay by her naked body.

French approve ballot shortening term

PARIS French voters easily approved a referendum yesterday on shortening the presidential term to five years, according to early projections, but a dismal turnout was likely to deprive the country's leaders of any major political gain from the change aimed at modernizing French politics.

With 80 percent of the vote counted late yesterday, the Interior Ministry said the measure was approved by 73.2 percent of voters, with 26.8 percent voting against. Voter abstention was nearly 70 percent, a record.

The referendum failed to interest voters, and the abysmal turnout indicated that many French voters were more concerned about social, wage and educational issues.[

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