- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 24, 2000

Pakistan said planning another nuclear test

U.S. officials said yesterday there were signs that Pakistan was making some preparations toward conducting a nuclear test, but it had not reached the final stages and did not appear imminent.
"There have been indications of some preparations being made for [nuclear] tests in Pakistan. There is no indication these would be the final steps," a U.S. official said on the condition of anonymity.

Kuwait official embraces Arafat

KUWAIT CITY Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheik Sabah Ahmad Sabah has embraced Palestinian president Yasser Arafat, revealing a major shift by the Gulf Arab state after 10 years of icy relations, Kuwaiti newspapers reported yesterday.
Al-Rai al-Aam and al-Seyassah dailies said in reports from San'a, Yemen, that the diplomatic embrace took place during Yemeni celebrations to mark unification between the former south and north Yemen in 1990.

Police believe girl was captive 9 years

TOKYO A Japanese man pleaded guilty yesterday to kidnapping a schoolgirl at knifepoint in 1990 and holding her captive for nine years.
Nobuyuki Sato was charged with abduction and confinement charges in the case, which shocked the country and led many to criticize police.

Lockerbie judge miffed over high-tech troubles

CAMP ZEIST, Netherlands The judge, Lord Ranald Sutherland, was clearly piqued by the problem, which caused the latest of many delays in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing trial.
Computer screens around the courtroom are supposed to provide a real-time transcript of the proceedings. But Judge Sutherland said recently installed high-tech equipment "appears to have disrupted what was a perfectly working system."
The judge adjourned the case until today.

Lockerbie panel drops suspected British spy

LONDON An expert panel that advises the press on the trial of two Libyans accused of the 1988 Lockerbie aircraft bombing dropped one of its members yesterday over reports he was a British intelligence agent.
The Lockerbie trial briefing unit, set up by Glasgow University's School of Law to give independent, impartial information on the legal dimensions of the trial, asked former diplomat professor Andrew Fulton to stand down.
"The unit does not have the knowledge to comment on claims of [Fulton's] involvement with the security services," Glasgow University said in a statement. "However … while Professor Fulton continues to attract media attention, the effectiveness of the work of the unit is likely to be jeopardized."

Based on wire dispatches and staff reports.

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