- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 10, 2001

South Korean waters combed for 25 bodies
SEOUL South Korean police searched in vain yesterday for the bodies of 25 Chinese illegal immigrants dumped in the sea after they suffocated on a smuggler's boat.
"Despite search operations, we have failed to recover any bodies of the dumped Chinese illegals," said a maritime police official at the southern port of Yosu, about 190 miles south of Seoul.
Thirteen patrol boats have combed the waters south of Yosu for the missing bodies for a second day since the case was reported on Monday. "But high waves hamper the operations," he added.

Colombia says rebels violated truce
BOGOTA, Colombia Army officials accused leftist rebels yesterday of breaking their promise to end random kidnappings on highways after six persons were taken hostage in the southern state of Narino.
"This is another on the list of broken promises," Gen. Fernando Tapias, chief of the armed forces, told RCN Television.
Meanwhile, officials said the guerrillas killed four persons and destroyed 18 houses in an attack on a small town in Narino. In combat in the northern state of Choco, the guerrillas claimed to have killed at least 30 right-wing paramilitary fighters.

18 die, damage huge in Belize hurricane
GUATEMALA CITY At least 18 persons, many of them U.S. nationals, died when Hurricane Iris ripped a dive boat off its mooring in southern Belize and capsized it, the owners of the vessel said.
Meanwhile officials warned more people may have died, and residents reported massive damage along the Caribbean coastline.
Helicopters and rescue boats yesterday were engaged in a search-and-rescue operation, notably for two persons missing after the 120-foot Wave Dancer sank on Monday evening with 28 passengers and crew aboard.

Georgia to shoot unidentified planes
TBILISI, Georgia The Georgian defense minister said yesterday the republic's forces would shoot down unidentified planes seen flying over the Gulripshsky area of the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia, following bombings there earlier in the day.
David Tevadze told a news conference unidentified planes had tried to bomb villages in the Gulripshsky area, near its "border" with Abkhazia, and that Tbilisi would take the necessary steps to end such incidents.
Abkhazia has claimed de facto independence from the rest of Georgia since 1993, after a war in the early 1990s in which the separatists were supported by Moscow.

Obasanjo to probe unrest in northwest
LAGOS, Nigeria Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday set up a committee to probe political and religious unrest in northwestern Zamfara state in which four persons died, AIT television reported.
The 14-member fact-finding and reconciliation committee will identify the causes of the unrest and recommend measures to reconcile parties to the two-day crisis, it said.
The committee is made up of notable citizens, including the former head of the Supreme Court, Mohammed Bello, said AIT, which showed footage of the inauguration.

Paraguay rejects ties with Beijing
ASUNCION, Paraguay Paraguayan Foreign Minister Jose Moreno Ruffinelli has rejected the idea of establishing diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China but has not ruled out trade with Beijing.
Mr. Moreno told ABC newspaper he categorically rejected "any type of relations with the People's Republic of China because the ties with the Republic of China are excellent."
The minister said Paraguay did not see any need to establish formal diplomatic ties in order to maintain trade with mainland China.

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