- The Washington Times - Monday, December 17, 2001

Portuguese premier quits after local polls
LISBON Socialist Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres said early this morning he would resign after opposition Social Democrats swept local elections.
The resignation sets the stage for early elections. They normally would have been held in October 2003.
"I understand that my duty before Portugal and Portuguese is to avoid political confusion," Mr. Guterres told reporters. "Therefore, I will ask the president of the republic to receive me so that I may present my request to resign."
Mr. Guterres has seen his approval ratings drop as the economy cooled from a pace that surpassed the European Union average through much of the 1990s.

Suharto falls ill; treated at home
JAKARTA, Indonesia Indonesia's former dictator, Suharto, has become ill and is receiving oxygen to assist his breathing, his lawyer said yesterday.
Juan Felix Tampubolon said the 80-year-old former leader was resting at home but was too sick to join his relatives in a religious ceremony to mark Eid al-Fitr, the end of the Islamic holy month.
Mr. Tampubolon said that it was not clear what Suharto's illness was, but that he was being closely monitored by his doctor and would be taken to a hospital if his condition deteriorated.

Falun Gong practitioner beaten to death
BEIJING A Chinese Falun Gong practitioner arrested on charges of distributing leaflets for the outlawed spiritual group has died after police beat her severely, a human-rights group said yesterday.
Zhang Min died Dec. 5 in Yilan county, northern Heilongjiang province, after police arrested her Nov. 28 and beat her repeatedly, the Hong-Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said in a statement.
A police officer at the Yilan county No. 2 detention center denied Miss Zhang was beaten to death, saying she died of an illness at a county hospital.

Boris Yeltsin hospitalized in Berlin
BERLIN Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin was hospitalized early yesterday with a heart complaint, according to a report in the Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel, due out today.
Mr. Yeltsin, 70, arrived late Saturday in the German capital and spent the night at the Russian Embassy before being taken early yesterday to the Rudolf Virchow clinic with a heart problem, an embassy employee said. Mr. Yeltsin spent much of his second term in office hampered by various ailments and resigned Dec. 31, 1999.

Pakistan spy agency linked to attack
NEW DELHI Indian police yesterday accused Pakistan's main intelligence service of being connected to the bloody suicide attack on the Indian parliament, as hostility between the nuclear-armed enemies intensified.
New Delhi Police Commissioner Ajai Raj Sharma said the link had come to light during questioning of persons about Thursday's attack, which Indian officials have blamed on Pakistan-based guerrillas fighting India's rule over much of Kashmir.
"The things which have come to notice clearly show that ISI was connected with this, and if ISI is connected with it then Pakistan must know of it," he told reporters, referring to Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency.

Turkey delighted with EU developments
ISTANBUL Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said yesterday that he was delighted that Turkey had been put on an equal footing with other candidate countries for the next wave of European Union enlargement.
"It's the first time that a declaration by the European Union has made such concrete references to our chances for membership," Mr. Ecevit said in a statement, according to Anatolia news agency.
In the Laeken declaration, made at its summit in Belgium on Saturday, the EU said Turkey had made progress towards complying with the political criteria established for accession, in particular through the recent amendment of its constitution.


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