- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 11, 2001

16 Maoists killed in Nepal clashes
KATMANDU, Nepal At least 16 Maoists and two soldiers were killed in two separate clashes Sunday and yesterday, the Defense Ministry said.
"Eleven Maoists and two army men were killed in an encounter with army personnel at Kapurkot in Salyan district Sunday," the statement said.
"The soldiers were guarding the repeater station of Nepal Telecommunications Corporation at Kapurpkot in Salyan district, to the far west, when a group of Maoist terrorists attacked them," it said.
The statement added: "Reports said there were a lot of casualties on the Maoist side, but the dead were taken away by their colleagues."

Tibetan foresees a violent future
DHARAMSALA, India (AP) A Tibetan leader warned yesterday that his people's freedom struggle could turn violent if the issue of Chinese occupation of Tibet is not resolved before the Dalai Lama dies.
"It is only our devotion to His Holiness and his influence and his teaching that prevents any Tibetan individual from indulging in violence," said Samdhong Rinpoche, the prime minister of Tibet's government in exile.
The Dalai Lama, 66, founded the government-in-exile in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala in 1960, a year after fleeing Tibet following a failed uprising against Chinese rule.

Iraq, Iran resuming talks on war captives
BAGHDAD Iraq and Iran will resume talks on captives from their 1980-88 war, one of the main sticking points to normalization, after the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, an Iraqi paper said yesterday.
"The two parties have agreed to resume talks on prisoners-of-war after Eid al-Fitr," Nabd al-Shabab reported. Eid al-Fitr is the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan, scheduled for Dec. 16.
According to the weekly, Iraq has obtained "documents on the fate of 97 percent of Iraqi prisoners held in prisons in Iran."

Separatist leader re-elected in Moldova
TIRASPOL, Moldova According to preliminary election results Monday, separatist leader Igor Smirnov easily won a third term as president of the self-proclaimed republic of Trans-Dniester in eastern Moldova.
Moldova had declared the elections illegal and urged citizens not to vote. Russia also described the vote as illegal and called Trans-Dniester an "unrecognized republic."
Mr. Smirnov collected more than 85 percent of Sunday's vote, defeating two rivals who each carried below 10 percent of the vote, according to the Central Electoral Commission in Tiraspol, capital of the Russian-speaking region.

Kosovo assembly opens on historic note
PRISTINA, Yugoslavia Under heavy guard and briefly disrupted by an outburst of past ethnic tension, Kosovo's first multiethnic legislative assembly in more than 12 years opened yesterday.
The hope is that it will bring lasting peace to the volatile Yugoslav province.
The 120-member assembly brought together deputies from the majority ethnic Albanian population and lawmakers from other ethnic groups, including Serbs.
"This is a historic day for Kosovo," Hans Haekkerup, the top U.N. administrator of the province, told the legislators.

Former police chief arrested in killing
SEOUL South Korea's former national police chief has been arrested in the suspected cover-up of a murder case involving a Korean couple in Hong Kong 14 years ago.
Lee Moo-Young, ex-National Police Agency (NPA) chief, was placed in custody immediately after the Seoul District Criminal Court approved requests for his detention yesterday, prosecutors said.
In January 1987, a South Korean woman, Suzy Kim, was killed in Hong Kong by her husband, Yoon Tae-Shik.
He was later set free after claiming North Korean spies murdered his wife during a kidnapping

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