- The Washington Times - Monday, October 30, 2000

Final farewell to Kursk crew

MURMANSK, Russia Russians bid a final farewell yesterday to the 118 sailors lost aboard the nuclear submarine Kursk, united in sorrow more than two months after the vessel sank in the Arctic Barents Sea.
Four armored cars carried the bodies of four unidentified sailors, raised from the Kursk by divers during the past week, to Courage Square in the center of the Northern Fleet's base at Severomorsk.
News that several more bodies had been brought up yesterday from the submarine, lying 330 feet down on the seabed, deepened the drama of the memorial ceremony attended by several hundred people.

Pinochet hospitalized with pneumonia

SANTIAGO, Chile Former military leader Augusto Pinochet has been ordered to stay in a hospital for at least five days to be treated for pneumonia, a spokeswoman for the retired general said yesterday.
The source, from the Pinochet Foundation, which doles out military scholarships and polishes the general's image, said the bout of pneumonia was under control but required close monitoring because Gen. Pinochet also has diabetes.
Gen. Pinochet ruled this South American nation with an iron fist between 1973 and 1990. His regime included persecution of leftists, in which more than 3,000 people died or disappeared during his 17 years in power.

Vote canceled in 16 constituencies

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania Election officials canceled the vote in 16 of 50 constituencies on the fractious islands of Zanzibar yesterday after a chaotic day of voting in the country's second multi-party elections since independence in 1961.
The Zanzibar electoral commission issued a statement carried on state radio and given to rival political parties saying a completely new vote would be carried out in 16 constituencies chiefly in the Muslim-dominated opposition heartland of Zanzibar town.
The statement did not say why a fresh vote would take place, or when, but a senior ruling party official in Dar es Salaam said it would delay vote counting for the presidential races of both the Tanzanian union and semiautonomous Zanzibar.

Rawlings escapes convoy crash

ACCRA, Ghana President Jerry Rawlings escaped with bruises after an accident yesterday in which four bodyguards traveling in his convoy were killed, officials said.
They said the accident happened near the capital Accra when a car drove onto a highway, causing some cars in the presidential convoy to crash. Three cars were destroyed.
Mr. Rawlings and his wife, Nana Konadu, suffered light bruises and were treated at a military hospital before being discharged.

Belarus holds second round of polls

MINSK, Belarus Several Belarus opposition groups boycotted runoff votes yesterday in parliamentary elections, claiming the balloting was rigged in favor of strongman President Alexander Lukashenko. International groups denounced the vote as undemocratic.
Runoffs were held in 56 districts where no candidate won more than half the votes cast in the first round two weeks ago. The first results were expected today.

Army deployed amid violence

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka Authorities deployed army units and appealed for calm yesterday in central Sri Lanka as ethnic tension escalated following a mob killing of 25 former youth guerrillas.
Police fired on an unruly crowd of Tamil minority protesters in Talawakele, in the Nuwara Eliya district, killing one person and wounding another, a police official said.
On Wednesday, nearly 3,000 villagers stormed a rehabilitation center where former Tamil rebel youth soldiers who were inmates had taken an ethnic Sinhalese guard hostage. They killed 25 of the former rebels.

Sao Paulo elects opposition candidate

SAO PAULO, Brazil Supporters of Brazil's opposition left-wing Workers Party (PT) poured onto Sao Paulo's financial avenue late yesterday to celebrate victory in the mayoral race of South America's largest city, their new springboard for the 2002 presidential elections.

The PT's Marta Suplicy, a former TV sex psychologist and federal deputy who wooed corruption-weary residents with her anti-graft campaign, garnered 59 percent of the vote with all ballots counted in the city of 10 million.

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