- The Washington Times - Monday, July 30, 2001

India and Pakistan agree to new summit
NEW DELHI — Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee said yesterday he has accepted an invitation from Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf for another round of talks between the two leaders.
"Only the timing of the visit and the place we will meet is to be decided," Mr. Vajpayee told reporters in the eastern Indian state of Orissa after a tour of the flood-hit region.
Gen. Musharraf's formal invitation to Mr. Vajpayee was handed over by Pakistan's ambassador in New Delhi on Friday.
A July 14-16 summit in Agra, India, failed to produce a joint declaration because of disagreements over Kashmir.

North Korea's Kim proceeds to Moscow
MOSCOW — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il rumbled across Siberia on his 10-day train excursion to Moscow yesterday after an unexplained delay.
Mr. Kim is traveling in a bullet-proof green carriage with an entourage of more than 100 people, ranging from doctors and cooks to servants and men toting machine guns. The train is preceded by one equipped for sweeping mines.
Mr. Kim is reportedly making the journey by train because he is afraid of flying or has concerns for his security. His father, Kim Il-sung, also refused to fly.

Ukraine and Russia ease rift over ships
SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine — Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma marked Russia's Navy Day yesterday with the first joint fleet review in a decade, underscoring an easing in sometimes tense ties.
Mr. Putin and Mr. Kuchma were greeted by tens of thousands of people who gathered in the center of the city to watch the display of 21 Russian and nine Ukrainian warships lined up in the harbor.
Arguments over who owned the former Soviet Union's Black Sea fleet soured relations between the nations for years. The countries completed a deal to divide the fleet in 1997.

Attack in Haiti described as coup try
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — The government denounced as an attempted coup attacks on police installations by former soldiers over the weekend that left at least four police officers dead.
Witnesses said three police officers were shot and killed and eight others were injured in an attack by gunmen on a police academy in the capital.
An attack on a police station by former soldiers north of the capital resulted in one more police officer's death, according to reporters on the scene. Haitian authorities have yet to confirm the toll.
Presidential spokesman Mario Dupuy said the attacks were perpetrated by soldiers demobilized seven years ago by President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and were an attempt to overthrow him.

Singing gondoliers cross English Channel
LONDON — Singing as they rowed, two 60-year-old Italians yesterday completed the first known bid to cross the English Channel in a gondola.
Vittorio Orio and Enzo Liszka set off from Dover on the south coast of England at 6 a.m. A little more than seven hours later, they arrived in Calais, France, 22 miles away.
"We both feel fine," Mr. Liszka said, adding that there had been heavy fog along the way. "We sang lots of Venetian songs to keep us amused."
The Dover coast guard service said it was the first gondola crossing it had heard of.

Iranian prostitute is 20th to be slain
TEHRAN — The body of a 20th prostitute has been found in Iran less than a week after the capture of a suspect who confessed to killing prostitutes for "the sake of God."
The killings have forced Iranian officials to acknowledge the existence of widespread prostitution in this fundamentalist Muslim country.
The latest victim was found on a highway near Tehran, a newspaper reported yesterday. It was the first killing outside the holy city of Mashhad, where 19 prostitutes were found strangled with head scarves over the past year.

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