- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 10, 2001

Chopper crash kills 2 in Kosovo

KACANIK, Yugoslavia A British helicopter carrying seven persons crashed in heavy rain yesterday in mountainous terrain close to Kosovo's tense boundary with Macedonia, killing two persons on board.
There was no indication that the crash was a result of gunfire, said Maj. Fergus Smith, a spokesman for the 3,500-strong British contingent serving with the NATO-led Kosovo peacekeeping force.
The helicopter went down near Kacanik, 30 miles south of Pristina, Kosovo's capital, said Maj. Axel Jandesek, a spokesman for the 45,000-member force.

U.N. forces enter rebel-held town

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone U.N. troops entered a rebel-held diamond-mining town for the first time in Sierra Leone's war, patrolling the rebel stronghold without resistance, the U.N. force commander announced yesterday.
The deployment asserted U.N. peacekeepers' right of access to one of the rebels' key prizes in the 10-year-old conflict: the Tongofield diamond field, one of the West African nation's richest.
U.N. peacekeepers carried out the patrol in the town of Tongofield Saturday, but announced it only yesterday.

Moscow denies targeting Pakistan

NEW YORK Russia denied yesterday it was campaigning to impose sanctions on Pakistan for purportedly providing military assistance to Afghanistan's Taliban rulers in violation of Security Council resolutions.
But Russian envoy Gennady Gatilov said his U.N. delegation had passed some information to a Security Council sanctions committee about violations, although he would not say if the material dealt with Pakistan.
The Security Council has twice imposed sanctions on the Islamic fundamentalist Taliban to pressure its leaders to hand over Saudi-born militant Osama bin Laden, who is accused by the United States of masterminding the 1998 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

Doctors separate Siamese twins

SINGAPORE Siamese twins from Nepal who were born joined at the head have been surgically separated after nearly 90 hours on an operating table in Singapore, a hospital spokeswoman said today.

The complicated surgery to separate Ganga and Jamuna Shrestha was a success and the 11-month-old girls were "doing fine," said hospital spokeswoman Jumaidah Hameed. They were being treated by plastic surgeons following the operation and were in stable condition.

Doctors began operating on the twins on Friday afternoon and finished this morning, about 88 hours later. They had initially hoped the operation would take no more than 40 hours.

Extradition effort of SS officer denied

FRANKFURT, Germany An attempt by the Netherlands to have a Dutch-born SS officer extradited from Germany was rejected yesterday when a prosecutor said the man could not be handed over because he is a German citizen.

Dirk Hoogendam, 79, was sentenced to death in his absence for high treason in 1950. According to press reports, Hoogendam has been living in the German town of Ringgau-Datterode since 1946 under the name Dieter Hohendamm. Germany does not extradite its citizens.

E-mail inspires Indian novel idea

BOMBAY Starting out with the idea that everyone would love to peek into someone else's e-mail, an Indian writer has hit upon an innovative idea to serialize a novel.
Titled "Inbox Outbox," Bombay-based author Jerry Pinto's e-novel can be read by accessing the "mail" of protagonist Jai Mathur and his friends.
To get a daily glimpse of Jai Mathur's life, readers will have to go to www.cafemumbai.com, www.cafekolkata.com or www.cafedelhi.com, log on to the novel and open his "e-mail." The novel will be published Sunday.

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