- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 5, 2001

Top Sudan soldiers killed in air crash

KHARTOUM, Sudan Sudan's deputy defense minister, 13 high-ranking military officers and a corporal were killed yesterday when their plane crashed in bad weather at an airport in southern Sudan, official sources said.
"The accident was caused by bad weather, which made the plane veer off the runway [at Adaryel airport] and hit a building," the presidential palace said in a statement read on state television.
Adaryel is an oil-producing town in Upper Nile state, more than 420 miles south of Khartoum, and is outside areas that the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) rebels say they control.
The crash was a blow to the Islamist government because, diplomats say, the deputy defense minister, Col. Ibrahim Shams Eddin, spent most of his time in the south or east orchestrating the war against the rebels.

Kabila dismisses entire Cabinet

KINSHASA, Congo Congolese President Joseph Kabila sacked his entire Cabinet yesterday, according to a statement from Cabinet chief Theophile Mbemba.
Outgoing ministers "are charged with carrying out current business" until the nomination of a new Cabinet, according to the statement, read on state television.
All state visits by Cabinet ministers have been suspended, except those already in progress, the statement said. Mr. Kabila replaced his father's Cabinet in March, appointing a new Cabinet director and security adviser, and nominating several new leaders for the country's security forces and army.

Voronin is picked as Moldova chief

CHISINAU, Moldova Vladimir Voronin was elected by parliament yesterday as Moldova's new president, following up on his Communist Party's surprise success in February elections.
Mr. Voronin, 59, promised to pull the former Soviet republic out of its economic crisis. Moldova, sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine, is the poorest country in Europe with an average wage of about $30 a month.
"I call on all the parties in parliament and outside to reconcile and take the country out of the crisis," Mr. Voronin said after the vote.

Turks protest in wake of fuel-price boost

ANKARA, Turkey Thousands of people took to the streets yesterday protesting Turkey's economic crisis after news that fuel prices had been raised by 20 percent.
Several thousand small-business owners and workers gathered spontaneously in Ankara to vent their frustration at the crisis, and television pictures showed angry people held back by police near the prime minister's office.
Economy Minister Kemal Dervis was quoted yesterday as saying the Turkish government would have good news for markets next week and he urged people to have confidence in the lira.

Japanese history text irks Beijing, Seoul

SEOUL A new Japanese textbook obscures Japan's colonial-era atrocities and endangers good relations, South Korea and China said in formal complaints to Tokyo yesterday.
The history textbook calls World War II "the Great East Asian War" as the Japanese referred to it at the time, and stresses the damage Japan suffered while limiting references to Japan's brutality.
Critics of the middle-school textbook say it justifies Japan's invasion of Asia in the early 20th century and minimizes atrocities such as the 1937 Nanking massacre. Historians say the Japanese army slaughtered at least 150,000 civilians during the occupation of the Chinese city.
South Korea's foreign minister, Han Seung-soo, met Japanese Ambassador Terusuke Terada to file a formal protest about the textbook.

Yemen's Saleh shuffles top ministerial posts

SANA'A, Yemen The Yemeni government underwent a major reshuffle yesterday, with newcomers given 23 of the country's 35 ministerial posts, including the key portfolios of foreign affairs, defense and oil, state television said.
"Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh asked Abdul Kader Bajammal to form a new government," said a presidential decree read on television.
Mr. Bajammal, who was foreign minister and vice prime minister, was appointed prime minister on March 31.

Japan sets April 24 for vote on Mori

TOKYO Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will hold an election on April 24 to replace Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori as party president and hence prime minister, an LDP lawmaker said today.

The decision was made at a meeting of the LDP's election supervision committee, panel chief Kazuo Taniguchi told reporters.

No contender has formally thrown his or her hat in the ring for the LDP presidency, the winner of which is likely to become Japan's 11th prime minister in 12 years by virtue of the LDP-led ruling coalition's majority in parliament's lower house.

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