- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 10, 2001

India rejects proposal for alliance with U.S.
NEW DELHI India reportedly thumbed its nose at a U.S. proposal to become Washington's "foremost military ally" and a "counterweight" to China and Islamic states in the region, India Today magazine reported yesterday.
In a news statement, India Today Editor Prabhu Chawla said he had "confidential documents" showing Washington had approached Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee with a proposal for a major military alliance.
"India's Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) deliberated on this at their meeting on October 19 and November 3 and rejected the proposals," the statement said.
The magazine said that President Bush's proposal would have, in effect, made India the foremost military ally of the United States in Asia.

Laos frees legislator, 4 other foreign activists
BANGKOK Five foreign activists including a European Parliament member were freed and deported from Laos yesterday after two weeks in jail for staging pro-democracy protests in this Southeast Asian communist nation.
After a trial lasting less than three hours, the five members of the Italy-based Transnational Radical Party were ordered out of the country by the Lao People's Court in the capital, Vientiane.
The court had sentenced them to a conditional 2-year jail term, but ruled they should be freed after serving the two weeks already spent in jail, said Ambassador Klauspeter Schmallenbach, head of the European Commission delegation based in neighboring Thailand.
The five Europeans were arrested Oct. 26 in Vientiane. They had commemorated the second anniversary of a rare student protest for democracy in Laos by displaying a banner and handing out leaflets.

Negotiators locked on climate accord
MARRAKECH, Morocco Negotiators last night were trying to overcome a deadlock over rules for cutting greenhouse gases in the final hours of the U.N. climate conference aimed at reaching a deal to curtail global warming.
Talks resumed yesterday after a session the night before that went past midnight but failed to bridge the differences between a handful of industrial countries and the rest of the more than 160 nations attending the conference, delegates said.
The conference objective is to write the rules for implementing the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on global warming, which calls on nearly 40 industrial countries to limit or reduce the emission of greenhouse gases primarily carbon dioxide from industry and cars blamed for raising the earth's temperature.

Burundi rebels abduct schoolboys
BUJUMBURA, Burundi Hutu rebels raided a school in northern Burundi yesterday, killing two students and abducting 300 teen-age boys, the army said.
About 100 rebels yesterday kidnapped boys between the ages of 15 and 17 before burning down a dormitory at the Musema High School, about 62 miles from the capital, Bujumbura.
Rebel leaders were not immediately available for comment. The rebels kidnapped 80 teen-age boys Tuesday in a similar raid on a school outside Ruyigi, 60 miles east of Bujumbura.
Yesterday's raid comes just over a week after the inauguration of a transitional government that is expected to pave the way for an end to Burundi's 8-year-long civil war.
But fighting between the rebels and Tutsi-dominated army has intensified since the inauguration Nov. 1, casting doubt on the transitional government's viability.

Korean negotiations encounter snag
SEOUL Talks aimed at resuming a reconciliation process on the divided Korean peninsula stumbled yesterday over the North's insistence that the South take its military off alert.
The two Koreas met for a sixth round of Cabinet-level dialogue yesterday at Diamond Mountain in North Korea with hopes of reviving stalled exchanges, including the reunions of families separated by war a half century ago.
The talks started off with an exchange of barbs. Kim Ryong Song, the North's head delegate, said his country had no intention of resuming exchanges until the South takes its 650,000 troops and 130,000 police off heightened alert.


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