- The Washington Times - Monday, January 22, 2001

Bombing, violence kill 15 in Kashmir

PATTAN, India A bus bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed six persons and fierce fighting elsewhere in the state claimed nine lives yesterday amid renewed efforts by India and Pakistan to resolve unrest in the disputed territory.

The bus attack took place about 25 miles north of Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu-Kashmir state, where Islamic militants have been waging a war of independence since 1989.

Three civilians died immediately in the blast, which authorities said likely happened when militants triggered a land mine. Two soldiers and one civilian died later at the hospital. At least 40 people were injured, including 10 Indian army soldiers.

Haider assails pact for compensation

VIENNA, Austria Joerg Haider, a far-right Austria politician known for his anti-immigrant stance and past remarks many consider anti-Semitic, spoke out yesterday against an agreement to compensate Jews for property lost when the Nazis took power.

Mr. Haider criticized an agreement Austria signed with the U.S. government Wednesday to pay $500 million in return for dismissal of survivors' lawsuits over apartments and other property seized from Jewish victims. The pledge brought Austria's total compensation commitment close to $1 billion.

Mr. Haider said it was a "treacherous hope" for Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel to believe that by agreeing to the deal he would earn "overwhelming applause from the East Coast," an allusion to Jews living in the eastern United States.

Fuel spill spreads near Galapagos Islands

PUERTO BAQUERIZO, Galapagos Islands Pounding surf has opened new holes in a stricken tanker, speeding up a diesel fuel leak that has so far spread a slick covering 186 square miles in the fragile environment of the Galapagos Islands, officials said yesterday.

The Ecuadorean tanker Jessica, carrying about 243,000 gallons of fuel, began leaking Friday, three days after it ran aground in a bay off San Cristobal Island, populated with rare marine species. The ship lay tilted heavily toward its left about 550 yards offshore.

Milosevic to be watched around the clock

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia Serbia's next interior minister said yesterday one of his first tasks would be to put former President Slobodan Milosevic, indicted by a war-crimes tribunal, under 24-hour surveillance.

Dusan Mihajlovic also said he was in favor of revealing secret police files on people considered enemies of the state during Mr. Milosevic's authoritarian rule a category he plans to abolish.

"There is a U.N. war crimes tribunal warrant for Milosevic and the local judiciary is investigating charges of his abuse of power here. So the public has the right to know where he is and what he is doing," he told Reuters in an interview.

Afghanistan denies U.N. charges

KABUL, Afghanistan Afghanistan's ruling Taleban militia denied allegations yesterday that its troops executed 100 innocent civilians after recapturing territory largely inhabited by the country's minority Shiite Muslims.

U.N. spokesman Fred Eckhard said Friday the United Nations had received information that Taleban soldiers summarily executed the civilians while taking back Yakaolang, a strategic town 130 miles northwest of the capital, Kabul.

The Taleban, who espouse a harsh brand of Islamic law, rule 95 percent of Afghanistan.

Iran rebels fire rockets in capital

TEHRAN Iranian opposition rebels launched a mortar attack on judicial headquarters in the capital yesterday but there was no immediate word on any casualties.

The official IRNA news agency said "four mortar shells rattled northeastern Tehran" without giving further details.

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