- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 15, 2000

N. Korea accuses South of sabotage

SEOUL North Korea accused South Korea's military of trying to sabotage improving relations on the divided Korean peninsula by sending navy vessels into its territorial waters. South Korea denied the charge.

North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency reported late yesterday that four South Korean navy patrol boats, escorting a number of fishing boats, penetrated deep into its waters in the Yellow Sea earlier in the day.

It said the South Koreans were challenged by North Korean warships and retreated.

"We cannot but construe this as a deliberate attempt by South Korea's military to reverse the amicable situation shaping up on the peninsula," the report said.

The North Korean report, monitored in Seoul, said similar South Korean naval violations had occurred in the area twice last week and once on Monday.

Fuel protest fails in London

LONDON A truckers' fuel protest that was supposed to bring traffic in London to a halt and force Prime Minister Tony Blair to make further tax concessions descended into farce yesterday.
About 300 demonstrators milling impatiently in Hyde Park were reduced to cheering wildly for a paltry convoy of three trucks, a half-dozen sport utility vehicles and a single wagon of hay.
The rest of the vehicles a few hundred were stopped by the Metropolitan Police outside the city center.
Organizers had hoped a show of force would send a powerful message to Mr. Blair that the 16 and 1/2-cent per gallon tax cut he announced last week didn't go far enough.

Thunderstorms sign of climate change

OTTAWA The native people of the Canadian Arctic are seeing something unknown in their oral history thunder and lightning.

Electric storms in the upper Arctic are among the evidence of climate change being reported in a new study by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The release of the study this week coincides with a U.N. conference on global warming being held in The Hague.

The study focuses on knowledge among Inuits of changes in the Arctic environment.

"When I was a child, I never heard thunder or saw lightning, but in the last few years we've had thunder and lightning," Rosemarie Kuptana of Sachs Harbour, 1,440 miles north of Vancouver, said yesterday.

Kenyans feared to have Ebola virus contact

KAMPALA, Uganda Health officials trying to contain an outbreak of Ebola said yesterday that a group of people from neighboring Kenya may have come into contact with the deadly virus at funerals in Uganda.
The seven Kenyans were among 150 persons Ugandan authorities believe may have come into contact with Ebola at funerals for three victims of the disease in central Uganda, said Dr. Samuel Okware, head of Uganda's task force on Ebola.
Health officials are trying to track the outbreak, which has killed 110 persons in Uganda since it was first identified in mid-October.

Denmark buries queen mother

ROSKILDE, Denmark Thousands of Danes tossed roses as their beloved Queen Mother Ingrid's casket was driven slowly through streets covered by fir branches and flanked by lowered flags. Queen Margrethe and other European royals walked behind the hearse.
People lined the streets and watched silently as Margrethe and her two sisters led Britain's Prince Charles, Prince Albert of Monaco and others to the Roskilde Cathedral, where 38 other Danish kings and queens are buried.
Ingrid, who died Nov. 7 at the age of 90, was to be buried next to her husband, King Frederik IX.

U.N. encourages Sierra Leone truce

NEW YORK U.N. Security Council members yesterday called on combatants in Sierra Leone, especially the rebels, to honor a new cease-fire pact that could lead to a truce in the West African country's 9-year-old civil war.
In an initial reaction to the accord signed in the Nigerian capital of Abuja Friday between the government and rebels of the Revolutionary United Front, council members welcomed the agreement "as a first step toward the resumption of the peace process in Sierra Leone."
The new accord also allows the U.N. Mission in Sierra Leone to deploy across the country in diamond field areas controlled by the rebels, who have sold the gems for guns to fuel the war effort.

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