- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 7, 2001

Missing U.S. serviceman evades communists

MANILA — A missing U.S. Navy lieutenant who hid on the slopes of a volcano during an attack by suspected communist guerrillas turned up late yesterday at an air base, hungry but uninjured.

Lt. Scott Alan Washburn spent Tuesday night on Mount Pinatubo after his group encountered the guerrillas, said Maj. Allan Ballesteros of the Philippine air force. The guerrillas fired on Lt. Washburn´s guards and seized some of their weapons.

Lt. Washburn, who was washing his shoes in a creek when the attack began, walked for about three hours yesterday to reach Clark Air Base.


British police seek gassy officer

LONDON — British police were investigating the case of a flatulent officer yesterday after a family complained that a policeman broke wind in their London home during a drug raid and failed to apologize.

The Daily Mail newspaper yesterday printed a letter from Scotland Yard to the officers involved in the drug raid informing them of the complaint.

"An allegation has been received from a person in the house that one of the male officers broke wind and did not apologize to the family for his actionthe complainant felt it was rude and unprofessional," the letter stated.

A Scotland Yard spokesman confirmed that the Department of Professional Standards was looking into the charge. Police did not say what discipline the officer might receive if found guilty of breaking wind.


Macedonia soldiers die in rebel ambush

SKOPJE, Macedonia — Three Macedonian soldiers were killed in a rebel ambush while trying to evacuate six others wounded in clashes near the country´s second-largest city, the army´s spokesman said yesterday.

Col. Blagoja Markovski said ethnic Albanian rebels attacked government troops and injured three policemen and three soldiers late Tuesday on the battlefield just outside the city of Tetovo, in northwestern Macedonia.

A rescue team dispatched with a military escort to evacuate the wounded then ran into another ambush, and three soldiers were mowed down by machine-gun fire from rebel positions.


House panel condemns Taliban policy

A House panel yesterday condemned the order by Afghanistan´s Taliban rulers that would require the nation´s Hindus to wear identifying yellow badges.

The House International Relations Committee, on a voice vote, approved a nonbinding resolution demanding that the Taliban revoke its recent order.

Lawmakers said the order was reminiscent of the yellow Star of David that Jews were forced to wear in Nazi Germany.


Race riots erupt in second city

LONDON — Shop owners boarded up windows, and workers cleared away burned-out cars in the northern English city of Leeds yesterday after race riots erupted in the second British town in as many weeks.

On the eve of Britain´s national elections, stunned residents feared more violence and some speculated that Tuesday night´s disturbances may have been sparked by groups from outside the city.

Several hundred youths of South Asian descent — apparently angry over the arrest and reputed police mistreatment of a Bangladeshi man — threw bricks and bottles at police and set dozens of cars afire.


Oldest person dies at 115

PARIS — Marie Bremont, a 115-year-old French woman believed to be the world´s oldest person, died early yesterday.

Mrs. Bremont died in her sleep at 2:15 a.m. at the retirement home where she lived in Cande, about 150 miles west of Paris, according to her nephew, Georges Crespin.

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