- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 10, 2000

Ex-N.Y. official joins London transit agency

LONDON London will pay the man who turned around New York City's ailing subway system up to $2.9 million over four years to solve the British capital's public-transportation crisis.

Mayor Ken Livingstone said yesterday he has appointed Robert Kiley, former chairman of New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, to head Transport for London.

Mr. Livingstone said he selected Mr. Kiley because he "is one of the world's greatest experts on transport" who helped transform New York City's subway system "from one of the most crisis-ridden in the world into one of the best."

China denies entry to Milosevic's son

BEIJING Chinese officials stopped the son of deposed Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic, who was staunchly supported by Beijing until three days ago, from entering China yesterday.

Marko Milosevic, traveling on a diplomatic passport, arrived at Beijing's Capital Airport from Russia only to be turned away by officials and put back on the Aeroflot flight to Moscow, Russian reporters said.

Aeroflot could not be reached for comment, but China's Foreign Ministry confirmed that Mr. Milosevic was not in the country.

Opposition leader back in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe Despite government threats to arrest him on treason charges, Zimbabwe's main opposition leader returned to the country yesterday without being detained, his party said.

Officials of the Movement for Democratic Change would not say how or when party leader Morgan Tsvangirai had returned to Harare, the capital. He had been scheduled to arrive on a noon flight from South Africa, but was not on the plane.

Space-station crew to use 'Runglish'

MOSCOW The crew bound for the International Space Station later this month said yesterday they will communicate in "Runglish," a mixture of Russian and English, and share a Russian-American cuisine.

The crew U.S. astronaut Bill Shepherd and Russian cosmonauts Sergei Krikalyov and Yuri Gidzenko have completed rehearsing various emergencies in preparation for the long-awaited blastoff at Russia's Star City cosmonaut-training center just outside Moscow.

"We say jokingly that we communicate in 'Runglish,' a mixture of Russian and English languages, so that when we are short of words in one language, we can use the other, because all the crew members speak both languages well," Mr. Krikalyov said.

Czech nuclear plant gets green light

PRAGUE Workers took the first steps yesterday to begin activating a controversial nuclear-power plant 30 miles from the Austrian border.

The plant at the small village of Temelin has been a source of friction between the two countries, with some activists demanding a halt to the project. In a symbolic protest, hundreds of Austrians blocked two border crossings with the Czech Republic yesterday.

The first fission reaction was expected in 20 to 30 hours, and energy from the plant's first 1,000-megawatt reactor will be available for commercial use in December.

Mystery author's wife helped write novels

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands In the wake of his wife's death, British author Dick Francis has revealed that his best-selling mystery novels were "a double act" produced together with his wife, who would never allow her name to be used.

Mary Francis died of a heart attack Sept. 30 at the condominium the couple had shared for more than a decade in the Cayman Islands, a British territory in the Caribbean. She was 76.

In an interview, Mr. Francis seemed to corroborate speculation that she did more than just research and edit his work. "Mary never allowed her name to be on the books," he said, "but it was a double act, really."

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