- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 17, 2001

34 Turkish troops die in major crash
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey — A military transport plane carrying special forces soldiers crashed into an apricot orchard in southern Turkey yesterday, killing all 34 persons aboard in the countrys worst military air disaster.
The twin-engine plane was flying from the southeastern city of Diyarbakir to the capital of Ankara when it nose-dived into the orchard in Malatya province, 155 miles northwest of Diyarbakir, witnesses said.
The cause of the crash was under investigation, but a military official blamed a technical malfunction.

Ukraine approached to rescue U.S. plane

LONDON — A Ukrainian airline said yesterday it had received an indirect inquiry from the U.S. government about the possibility of chartering a huge freight plane to remove an American surveillance plane grounded in China.
Mike Johnson, spokesman for Antonov Airlines, did not identify the person who made the inquiry about whether an Antonov 124 would be available in "the latter part of May" but said the call was on behalf of the U.S. government.
In Washington, the Pentagon reiterated that the United States is in talks with China and still hopes to fly the plane off Hainan island under its own power.

Peru bombing sours presidential campaign

LIMA, Peru — A bomb exploded near Perus National Electoral Board yesterday, less than three weeks before a presidential vote, injuring three police officers, a couple, their 6-month-old baby and a relative, officials said.
But interim Interior Minister Antonio Ketin Vidal said the attack, ahead of a runoff election expected on June 3, "does not mean a resurgence of terrorism" in this Andean nation, which suffered 15 years of insurgency in the 1980s and 1990s.

Estrada party runs strong in elections

MANILA — The Philippines ruling coalition faced a tough fight yesterday in its bid to gain clear-cut control of the Senate as partial election returns showed a strong challenge from deposed leader Joseph Estradas party.
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, confronted with huge economic problems, appears to accept the idea that she may wind up with a divided Senate and said a number of opposition leaders expressed willingness to help mend the nations economy.

Parrot in Britain makes emergency call

LONDON — Police in the northern English city of Manchester found they had been called by a parrot when they rushed to respond to an emergency telephone call.
Peering through the window of the house from which call was made, police spotted a cocaktiel, an Australian parrot, standing on the push button phone with the receiver off the hook lying next to it. No one else was in the house.
Police said they could not name the parrot for legal reasons.

U.S. foreign policy faulted as incoherent

LONDON — President Bush needs to pay more heed to the world and develop coherent policies on China, Russia and Europe to avoid being branded an "unsympathetic unilateralist," a leading think tank said yesterday.
In its annual Strategic Survey, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) endorsed the Republican presidents pursuit of anti-missile defenses and chided the European Union for reduced defense spending and diplomatic amateurism.
The IISS said Mr. Bushs hard-nosed geopolitical realism needed to be tempered by a broader diplomatic approach to avoid alienating allies and aggravating other powers.


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