- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 10, 2001

Burmese junta, Suu Kyi confer face to face

NEW YORK Burma's military junta and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi bitter rivals since the junta took power 13 years ago and violently crushed a democratic uprising have opened face-to-face talks, the United Nations announced yesterday.

It was the first confirmation that Mrs. Suu Kyi and the Southeast Asian nation's military rulers ever have spoken.

The announcement came just hours after U.N. envoy Razali Ismail concluded a five-day mission to Burma, where he met with the military government and with Mrs. Suu Kyi, a pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

30 killed in Colombia amid bid for talks

BOGOTA, Colombia Colombia's war claimed 30 more lives yesterday, even as newspapers reported the nation's largest leftist guerrilla group was preparing a major prisoner release to revive peace talks with the government.

The army and police clashed with members of the country's second-largest rebel group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), and suspected right-wing paramilitaries staged four separate attacks on rural towns, killing 17 civilians.

'Mad Dog' Adair denied parole in N. Ireland

BELFAST Parole officials ordered a notorious anti-Catholic militant to remain behind bars yesterday a change of heart that may cause more difficulties for Northern Ireland's troubled peace accord.

The British government, police and moderate Protestant and Catholic politicians all welcomed the news that Johnny "Mad Dog" Adair had been denied parole from Maghaberry prison. But the decision inflamed opinion within Adair's outlawed Ulster Defense Association, a volatile Protestant group that has orchestrated violence in response to previous setbacks for its most high-profile commander.

"People are understandably angry," said a close Adair associate, John White, himself a paroled murderer. "They're asking why they should go on supporting the Good Friday agreement when its benefits can be taken away at a whim."

U.S. bullets found at No Gun R

SEOUL South Korean investigators found American bullets still embedded in walls of a railroad trestle at No Gun Ri, 50 years after U.S. troops killed an undetermined number of Korean refugees there in the early days of the Korean War.

The search last July turned up 59 bullets visually identified as American and none of any other type stuck in the concrete walls and a nearby culvert at No Gun Ri, according to two South Korean government documents obtained by Associated Press.

Burundi president meets rebel leader

LIBREVILLE, Gabon Burundi's president, Pierre Buyoya, and Hutu rebel leader Jean-Bosco Ndayikengurukiye met yesterday in Libreville for the first time since war broke out in 1993, officials said.

Mr. Buyoya and Mr. Ndayikengurukiye, who heads Burundi's main rebel movement, the Forces for the Defense of Democracy (FDD), met for more than three hours in talks hosted by Gabon's president, Omar Bongo.

The meeting also was attended by the Congolese President Laurent Kabila, who brought the rebel leader to the Gabonese capital.

BBC World Service returning to China

LONDON The British Broadcasting Corp.'s World Service has been granted a license to broadcast in China, nearly seven years after it was dropped from satellite service, the company said yesterday.

Under the deal signed with the China International TV Corporation, BBC World Service television will be available to hotels, guest houses and foreign apartments, the BBC said.

"It's good to be able to regularize our relationship, and if the Chinese authorities are happy with how it works out, we hope it could lead to other things," BBC World sales and distribution director Jeff Hazell said.


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