- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 26, 2001

NATO arrests 45 ethnic Albanians
PRISTINA, Yugoslavia — NATO-led peacekeepers in Kosovo said yesterday they had detained 45 suspected ethnic Albanian guerrillas after they crossed illegally from neighboring Macedonia.
They were apprehended over the past two days in two separate groups at two different border crossings, at a time when ethnic Albanian guerrillas are opposed to Macedonian army troops.
In a separate action, peacekeepers detained a total of 40 men with communications equipment and money.

Kursk salvage team reports progress
MOSCOW — Deep-sea divers working on Russia's sunken Kursk submarine have cut most of the holes through which heavy cables will be attached to raise the vessel from the bottom of the Barents Sea, the navy said yesterday.
The divers are racing against time to complete preparations for the salvage operation as the arctic weather turns increasingly nasty, threatening to close the window of opportunity provided by relatively calm seas in the summer.
Some 118 Russian sailors and technicians died in the Kursk disaster in August 2000.

Death toll rises in Ukraine blast
KIEV — Two miners died yesterday of injuries sustained in last weekend's Zasiadko mine blast in eastern Ukraine, raising the death toll to 52, the emergencies ministry said.
Thirty six miners are still in a hospital, including 11 who are in critical condition, an official said. Many of the survivors are suffering from serious burns and head injuries.
Thirty-five corpses were brought to the surface after a methane explosion destroyed the Zasiadko pit. In 1999, 50 miners died there in a similar gas explosion.

War crimes chief sets appeal
The chief prosecutor of the U.N. war crimes tribunal will appeal the sentence against Bosnian Serb general Radislav Krstic, condemned to 46 years in prison for genocide for his role in the Srebrenica massacre, a prosecution spokesman said yesterday. The prosecutor, Carla del Ponte, wants Krstic jailed for life, said the spokesman Jean-Jacques Joris.

Weekly notes
Two new cases of foot-and-mouth disease in Northumberland, northeast England, 14 weeks after the previous outbreak in the county, prompted fears Saturday of a fresh surge in the epidemic which has plagued Britain for six months….Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi remains firmly opposed to hosting a planned world food summit scheduled to be held in Rome on Nov. 5-9, Italian dailies reported yesterday. Citing riots at the recent Group of Seven summit, Mr. Berlusconi wants the summit held elsewhere, despite opposition from several of his ministers…. Europe's largest wind farm opened yesterday in northwestern Germany. The Sintfeld wind farm near Paderborn consists of 65 propellers that produce 105 megawatts of energy, and is expected to provide enough electricity for 70,000 homes.

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