- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 12, 2001

Ambush endangers Macedonia cease-fire
SKOPJE, Macedonia — A short cease-fire in Macedonia looked doomed today after ethnic-Albanian rebels ambushed a police patrol, despite a promise to hold their fire.
The army called a surprise halt yesterday to a four-day bombardment of guerrilla-held villages, and the rebels, who had been threatening to attack the capital, Skopje, itself, matched that by agreeing to call off their gunmen for 24 hours.
Yet when darkness fell, guerrillas fired on a police vehicle near the city of Tetovo, wounding its occupants and endangering fragile hopes that the first bilateral truce in four months of conflict might be nursed into a serious peace bid.

Turkey, Iraq discuss proposed sanctions

BAGHDAD — Turkey and its southern neighbor, Iraq, began talks yesterday focusing on a U.S.-British proposal to overhaul the 11-year-old sanctions against Baghdad, the state-run Iraqi News Agency reported.
The agency said Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Faruk Logoglu, who arrived in Baghdad Sunday, met Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz.
Mr. Aziz threatened in May to cut Iraqs oil supplies to neighbors if they cooperated with the U.S.-British proposal, which calls for lifting curbs on imported civilian goods, but tighter controls on military-related supplies and oil smuggling.
According to the new proposal, Turkey and other countries neighboring Iraq would be enticed to cooperate in exchange for the chance to buy Iraqi oil at discounted prices.

Moi names rivals to Kenyan Cabinet

NAIROBI, Kenya — For the first time since Kenya returned to multiparty politics in 1991, President Daniel arap Moi yesterday named two opposition members to his government in a Cabinet reshuffle.
Mr. Moi named Raila Odinga — son of his longtime political nemesis, Oginga Odinga — and head of the National Development Party, to the post of minister of energy. He named Adhu Awiti as minister of planning.
Mr Odinga, 56, a member of the Luo tribe, the third-largest in Kenya, ran unsuccessfully against Mr. Moi in 1997 presidential elections. Although he has not thrown his hat in the ring for next years elections, he has made no secret of his ambition to lead the country. He has been arrested three times by Mr. Mois security forces and was detained without trial from 1982-88 and again for a year in 1989 and in 1990.

Shah of Irans daughter dies at 31 in London

PARIS — Leila Pahlavi, the 31-year-old daughter of the late shah of Iran, has died in London after a long period of depression, her mother, the former Queen Farah, announced yesterday.
Queen Farah, who lives in Paris, said in a statement her daughter died in her sleep Sunday night. She did not reveal the cause of death.
"Time had not healed her wounds. Exiled at the age of nine, she never surmounted the death of her father, His Majesty Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi, to whom she was particularly close," the statement said.
The shah, who was driven from Iran in January 1979 by the Islamic revolution led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, died in Egypt in 1980.

Uganda to open center to combat AIDS

KAMPALA, Uganda — Experts on AIDS from North America and Uganda opened a training center for African doctors yesterday, seeking to bolster delivery of new treatments for patients on the continent hit hardest by the disease.
Financed by Pfizer Corp., the Academic Alliance for AIDS Care and Prevention in Africa will train 80 doctors a year on treating AIDS patients with anti-retroviral drugs.
Dr. Merle Sande said the goal in building an Infectious Disease Center at Makerere University Medical School was to quash criticism that there is insufficient infrastructure and training for African doctors to administer new drug therapies.

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