- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 1, 2002

Congress approves final U.N. payment

The U.S. Congress has authorized the United States to pay its final $244 million installment on outstanding dues to the United Nations.

The authorization is part of the larger Foreign Relations Authorization Act before President Bush.

The payment is the last of three installments to clear up dues of about $1 billion.


Serbian spy charged with spying for U.S.

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia Military prosecutors formally charged a former Yugoslav army chief yesterday with spying for the United States.

Gen. Momcilo Perisic, who served under Slobodan Milosevic before joining the pro-democracy forces that ousted the Yugoslav president, was arrested in March and charged with passing military secrets to a U.S. diplomat.

Mr. Perisic denied the charges and said he was the victim of a power struggle among Yugoslav leaders. Just days after being briefly detained, he resigned as deputy prime minister of Serbia, the dominant Yugoslav republic.


U.N. announces plan to revamp headquarters

NEW YORK U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan disclosed a $1.1 billion plan yesterday to renovate the U.N.'s historic New York headquarters over six years, starting in October 2004.

In a report to the U.N. General Assembly, he said the 38-story glass building, erected in 1949 beside the East River, was "seriously deficient in safety, fire and building codes, energy efficiency and security requirements."

The plan, first reported in The Washington Times in August, calls for about 2,800 U.N. staff members at headquarters to move temporarily to a new office building nearby.


French troops seek missing Americans

YAMOUSSOUKRO, Ivory Coast French troops fanned out yesterday to locate rebel positions and search for Americans and other Westerners still trapped in Ivory Coast's deadliest uprising, a day after U.S. and French forces plucked expatriates from a second rebel-held city.

Rebels and loyalist forces were fighting across the north, with a front line around Tiebissou, 25 miles north of Yamoussoukro, the capital and the staging area for Western troops in their evacuation mission, Western military sources said.

French jeeps with mounted guns, some with French flags, headed west after sunrise yesterday, looking for U.S. Peace Corps workers and other isolated Westerners missed in four days of road and air evacuations.


U.N. indicts Serb for aiding genocide

THE HAGUE The United Nations has indicted a former Bosnian Serb commander for complicity in genocide for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of as many as 8,000 Muslim males, the war crimes tribunal at The Hague said yesterday.

Ljubomir Borovcanin, 42, was involved in numerous opportunistic killings after Serbian forces captured men and boys from the U.N. "safe area" of Srebrenica, according to the indictment issued in early September but only just released.

Prosecutors say Mr. Borovcanin reported to Radislav Krstic, the former Bosnian Serbian general convicted last year for genocide in Srebrenica and sentenced to 46 years in prison in a landmark ruling by the International War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.


Bungee jumper arrested after failed attempt

VANCOUVER, British Columbia A man faced criminal mischief charges yesterday after he attempted, unsuccessfully, to bungee jump from a bridge to the deck of a passing cruise ship in Vancouver.

The man miscalculated the ship's speed and suffered minor head injuries on Sunday when he bounced off its tennis court and a deck railing, before being left dangling in midair as the ship sailed away, police said.

After failing to land on the ship, the man, whose name was not released, rappelled himself down to the water, where he was rescued by a small boat, and later arrested, police said.

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