- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 17, 2001

Putin warns of rising inflation
MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin said yesterday that inflation surged in the first quarter of the year, calling the rise in prices the greatest threat to Russias economic growth.
Over the past year, Russias economy has shown signs of regaining its footing following the financial collapse of 1998, driven by high world prices for oil Russias prime export and by a plunge in the rubles value, making Russian products cheaper overseas.
But oil prices recently fell from their February levels, and economists have warned that the recent strengthening of the ruble could drag down exports.
Mr. Putin said at a meeting of top Finance Ministry officials that inflation is "eating up revenues" and poses a "fundamental threat to economic growth."

Estrada surrenders, is released on bond
MANILA — Former President Joseph Estrada turned himself in yesterday after an arrest warrant was issued. In a new humiliation, the ousted president was fingerprinted by police before being released on bond.
It was believed to be the first time the Philippines has issued an arrest warrant against a president. The special anti-graft court vowed to make an example of Mr. Estrada in the fight against corruption that is being waged by his successor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
"Nobody is above the law, " said Narciso S. Nario, one of the justices in the Sandiganbayan, the special anti-graft court. "We have to bring to court anybody who violates the law, whether he is the most powerful man in the country or the lowliest laborer."
Mass protests forced Mr. Estrada to leave the presidential palace on Jan. 20.

Ex-officer jailed at Hague tribunal
AMSTERDAM — A Bosnian Serb who was a commander in the bloody siege of Srebrenica was jailed at The Hague yesterday to face trial on charges he helped massacre thousands of Muslims, then tried to hide the deaths by reburying the victims.
Dragan Obrenovic was seized in the Bosnian town of Zvornik on Sunday, reportedly by three men and a woman in civilian clothes, and was spirited to the U.N. war-crimes tribunal detention unit before midnight.
Mr. Obrenovic will be brought before a panel of U.N. judges in The Hague later this week to enter a plea. He is charged with complicity in genocide and crimes against humanity in the persecution and murder of Muslims, in the biggest massacre in Europe since World War II.
The White House said U.S. soldiers participated in the arrest operation carried out by NATO-led peace forces in Bosnia.

Taiwan lashes Japan over Lee visit
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwans vice president lashed out at Japan yesterday for its reluctance to grant retired President Lee Teng-hui a visa, saying Tokyos hesitancy was a disgrace to the Japanese people.
Mr. Lee, who retired from the presidency one year ago, believes Japan wont allow him to visit because it fears the trip will roil China. China considers Taiwan a breakaway province and lobbies hard to keep Mr. Lee and other leaders from visiting major nations.
Vice President Annette Lu said yesterday that Japans refusal so far to give Mr. Lee a visa was an example of how it has failed to live up to its responsibilities as a world power.
"For many years, Japan really has not done anything fair or just for the international community, " Miss Lu told reporters. "And thats a disgrace to the Japanese government and a disgrace to the Japanese people."
Mr. Lee grew up speaking Japanese when Taiwan was a colony of Japan and studied at Kyoto Imperial University, the predecessor to Kyoto University.

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