- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 1, 2000

Yugoslavia backed for U.N. membership

NEW YORK Yugoslavia moved a step closer yesterday toward ending eight years of international isolation by winning the U.N. Security Council's endorsement for it to join the United Nations as a new member.

The council's recommendation now goes to the 189-member General Assembly for formal approval, which is expected today, assembly spokeswoman Sue Markham said.

"This is a great day for democracy in the Balkans, in Europe, and a great day for the United Nations," U.S. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke said after the council adopted a resolution without a vote recommending that Yugoslavia's membership bid be approved.

Yugoslavia's new president, Vojislav Kostunica, formally applied to join the United Nations on Friday by declaring in a letter to Secretary-General Kofi Annan that his country "accepts the obligations contained in the Charter of the United Nations and undertakes to fulfill them."

Peruvian army nears crushing of rebels

LIMA, Peru The army was closing in Tuesday on a dwindling force of renegade soldiers who staged an uprising challenging President Alberto Fujimori's authority and demanding the imprisonment of his ex-spy chief.

The military said yesterday that Lt. Col. Ollanta Humala's heavily armed band had shrunk from more than 50 men to 10 after most of its members deserted or were captured.

Col. Humala and his men, who seized and then abandoned a copper mine before dawn Sunday, were being pursued by troops ferried in helicopters over barren mountainous terrain in Peru's southern Andes near the Bolivian border, some 15,000 feet above sea level.

2 Protestants slain in Northern Ireland

BELFAST Two men were shot dead in Northern Ireland yesterday in separate attacks which political sources blamed on feuding between Protestant guerrilla groups.

The bitter feud over political differences and territory between the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and the Ulster Defense Association (UDA) and their allies, the Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF), has now resulted in six men being killed in the British province in the last four months.

Extra police and troops were deployed on the streets of the Northern Ireland capital Belfast last night after a man linked to the Progressive Unionist Party (PUP), the political wing of the UVF, was shot dead.

Haile Selassie called despot by Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia The government broke nearly a decade of silence over the reign of Ethiopia's last emperor, denouncing Haile Selassie yesterday as a despot and a tyrant who oppressed and exploited the masses.

The government of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi issued a statement saying Haile Selassie presided over a feudal oligarchy that reduced farmers to "tenants and serfs on their own lands."

The statement, published in the state-owned Addis Zemen newspaper, came less than a week before the late emperor's remains were to be buried in a private religious ceremony in Addis Ababa.

Haile Selassie ruled Ethiopia for 45 years.

Rainier scolds France for demeaning Monaco

PARIS Prince Rainier of Monaco has lashed out at France for portraying the principality as a haven for money launderers, saying in an interview that the Monaco wants full sovereignty.

The 77-year-old prince was quoted in an interview published yesterday in the French daily Le Figaro as saying the allegations constituted "a deliberate effort to damage the image of Monaco."

Monaco has been sharply criticized in a series of French reports this year for a lax attitude toward money laundering.

Vatican condemns 'morning after' pill

VATICAN CITY The Vatican yesterday condemned a "morning after" pill that recently went on sale in Italy as a contraceptive, calling it a form of abortion by chemical means.

In a document released yesterday by the Pontifical Academy for Life, an office for ethical questions, the Vatican accused those who distribute or prescriben the pill of being "morally responsible" for an abortion.

The hormone-based pill must be taken within 72 hours of sexual relations. It impedes a possibly fertilized egg from imbedding in the uterus by altering the uterine wall.

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