- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 11, 2001

Bosnian Serb arrested on war-crimes charges
BANJA LUKA, Bosnia — NATO-led peacekeepers yesterday arrested a Bosnian Serb army colonel who commanded a brigade in wartime eastern Bosnia, when thousands of Muslim men and boys were massacred near the town of Srebrenica.
The U.N. war-crimes tribunal in The Hague said Col. Vidoje Blagojevic, 51, had been charged with two counts of genocide, five counts of crimes against humanity and one of violating the laws and customs of war.

Macedonians attack American Embassy
SKOPJE, Macedonia — Several hundred Macedonian protesters yesterday tried to storm the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, but were thwarted by riot police.
The protesters threw stones at both the embassy and police after an intensification of violence earlier yesterday between ethnic-Albanian guerrillas and Macedonian forces.

Japan's Koizumi keeps party-leader post
TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi was reappointed president of his ruling party yesterday, winning a full two-year term and setting the stage for the popular leader's real battle to implement painful reforms.
Mr. Koizumi must next decide whether to go ahead with a proposed visit to a Shinto shrine that honors war criminals — a move that would outrage China and South Korea.

No deal yet for racism conference
GENEVA — A two-week session to negotiate draft texts for adoption at the World Conference Against Racism later this month wrapped up here late yesterday despite failure to agree on key issues.
U.N. delegates failed to resolve a bitter dispute over whether and how issues surrounding the Arab-Israeli conflict should be included on the agenda at the conference set to take place in Durban, South Africa.

Russia stays cool to NATO membership
MOSCOW — Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov yesterday dismissed talk of a speedy Russian entry into NATO, but said Moscow was interested in forging closer security ties with the Atlantic alliance.
Joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization "in the next few years is unrealistic or extremely unlikely," the Interfax news agency quoted him as saying.

Fugitive mayor sent back to Mexico
MEXICO CITY — Mexico City's former mayor arrived back home yesterday to face charges of embezzlement after being extradited from Nicaragua, where he had been detained since December.
Oscar Espinosa is accused of siphoning off $45 million between 1994 and 1997 during his term as presidentially appointed regent, or mayor, of Mexico City.

Balloonist in hurry as Chile approaches
SANTIAGO, Chile — U.S. solo balloonist Steve Fossett aimed for speed yesterday in a round-the-world challenge, but his ground control warned that falling debris from the space shuttle might pose a danger to him.
Sailing toward Chile's Easter Island, Mr. Fossett has traveled roughly 6,000 miles since setting off from Australia's West Coast Sunday.

British minister backs Bush defense plan
LONDON — Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has given the British government's strongest backing so far to President Bush's proposal to pursue a missile-defense program.
According to the Guardian newspaper, Mr. Straw made his endorsement of the controversial project in a briefing paper sent to the ruling Labor Party's members of Parliament. The defense program has been opposed by China, Russia and a number of European powers.

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