- The Washington Times - Friday, May 11, 2001

Deadly heat strikes fleeing Afghan children
JALOZAI CAMP, Pakistan Afghan children living in squalor in northwest Pakistan are dying daily, mostly of dehydration and heat stroke in temperatures pushing past 100 degrees, doctors said yesterday.
Sixteen persons died just this week, most of them children, said Dr. Javed Pervez, director of health for the Afghan Refugees Commission, a Pakistan government office.
"We left one hell to come to another one," said Saeed Ullah, one of 80,000 who fled drought and war in Afghanistan and now live in Jalozai Camp in northwest Pakistan.
The camp is a sprawling and barren dust bowl.

Taiwan deploying 58 Mirage fighters
HSINCHU, Taiwan Taiwans leader inaugurated 58 French-made Mirage fighter jets and their advanced radar-guided missiles yesterday and urged China to "give up your military threat against us."
Addressing pilots standing in front of the jets gray nose cones at this air base in northern Taiwan, President Chen Shui-bian said that by putting into service the Mirage 2000-5s, Taiwan will have a more powerful deterrent to a possible Chinese invasion.
Mr. Chen said that over the past few years, Beijing has sought to expand its air and naval activities along the 100-mile-wide Taiwan Strait, but Taiwans air force has protected the islands skies without provoking the enemy.

Come clean on sub, Japan families say
TOKYO — Some family members of victims of the U.S. submarine collision off Hawaii said yesterday the United States must come clean on its responsibility before it talks of compensation. A family lawyer said they still may sue.
Relatives claim that the Japanese and U.S. governments are trying to settle the Feb. 9 accident that killed nine Japanese even though a clear picture has yet to emerge on the cause and fault of the collision.
The USS Greeneville rammed and sank the Ehime Maru in waters off Hawaii. The victims included four students and two teachers from a fisheries high school.

South Koreans sue Japan to ban texts
TOKYO — South Korean lawmakers yesterday asked a Japanese court to ban the sale of a school history textbook that critics across Asia say whitewashes Tokyos wartime atrocities, officials at the South Korean Embassy in Tokyo said.
The Japanese government in April approved eight controversial textbooks that have drawn sharp criticism from South Korea, China and other Asian countries that suffered under Japans militaristic expansion in the early decades of the 20th century.
"Lately, the Japanese government has ignored the warnings of its Asian neighbors, rationalizing its wartime imperialism and approving textbooks that erase from the record any mention of 'comfort women," the four lawmakers said in a statement.

British Conservatives pledge gas-price cut
LONDON — Britains main opposition Conservative Party, underdogs in the June 7 general election, released a manifesto yesterday that included a promise to cut gasoline prices dramatically.
After weeks of battering by opinion polls which give him no chance of winning, party leader William Hague came out fighting, vowing a Conservative government would slash taxes and keep the pound for at least five years.



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