- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 12, 2001

Ailing Milosevic taken to hospital

BELGRADE Arrested former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic was hospitalized yesterday evening due to heart problems caused by high blood pressure, prison and hospital authorities said.

"Two medical teams examined [him] in jail and it was decided he should be transferred to a hospital," a source close to Belgrade prison authorities said.

A source at Belgrade's military medical academy, located in a suburb of the city, later said Mr. Milosevic, 59, had been admitted there. He gave no further details.

Belgrade prosecutors are investigating Milosevic for corruption. He is also wanted by the U.N. war-crimes tribunal in The Hague for atrocities committed in Kosovo by Yugoslav troops under his command.

South Korea doubts North policy derailed

NEW YORK South Korea's U.N. ambassador predicted that the Bush administration would return to past U.S. policies on the Korean peninsula and denied that Washington's pause in engaging North Korea was a setback.

"I don't think there will be any sliding back on U.S. policies," Ambassador Sun Joun-yung said at a news conference, noting that Washington was undergoing a policy review.

"It is quite natural to see a thorough review on the part of any administration," he said. "I am quite optimistic that the new U.S. government will come forward with new positions not so much different from the previous ones."

Powell emphasizes North's repression

PARIS Secretary of State Colin Powell said Washington is "nowhere near even considering" diplomatic relations with the "totalitarian regime" in North Korea.

"North Korea is still a country that represents a very serious threat to our ally South Korea," Mr. Powell said following a meeting called to discuss the Balkans with his counterparts from Britain, France, Russia, Germany and Italy.

"It's a totalitarian regime. We have serious differences with respect to some of the activities of that regime," in particular its missile program, he said.

Protein lets HIV evade immune system

LONDON Scientists have identified a protein that permits the HIV virus, which causes AIDS, to evade the immune system.

The protein, called Nef, protects HIV-infected cells and at the same time destroys other healthy cells in the immune system, assuring that the virus will thrive.

"This reveals a real, unfortunate elegance to HIV in terms of its ability to kill off cells that are trying to control the virus, and at the same time to defeat that same cell-death machinery in the host cell, thereby allowing the virus to replicate all through the same regulatory protein," said Warner Greene of the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology.

Guyana chief pleads for end to protests

GEORGETOWN, Guyana Guyanese President Bharrat Jagdeo appealed for an end to two days of violent protests against his recently elected government and vowed he would not bow to opposition "intimidation."

Supporters of the opposition People's National Congress Reform demonstrated in the streets of Georgetown Monday and Tuesday, clashing with police and setting buildings ablaze. One woman died after being shot during the disturbances.

In a television interview late Tuesday, Mr. Jagdeo, 37, invited opposition leader and ex-president Desmond Hoyte, 72, to talks aimed at defusing the tension, which has heightened racial divisions in the impoverished former-British South American colony.

11 Burundians killed in clash with rebels

BUJUMBURA, Burundi Fighting between the army and rebels northwest of the capital left at least 11 civilians dead and forced thousands to flee their homes, a local government official said yesterday.

The villagers were caught in crossfire Monday night as soldiers fought with Hutu rebels in Rubirizi, 7 miles northwest of the lakeside capital Bujumbura, said Philippe Ndikumana, the official.

"We have a list of their names. Unfortunately, we have not been able to organize a burial for these people because the area is still insecure," Mr. Ndikumana said.

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