- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 16, 2001

Russia, Poland seek Baltic cooperation
MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin and visiting Polish President Alexander Kwasniewski yesterday praised the improving ties between their countries and urged greater cooperation between nations bordering the Baltic Sea.
"In spite of the changes and shocks of recent years, the ties between our countries have been preserved and are expanding," Mr. Putin said at an awards ceremony for scientists from the two countries.

France and Britain relaunch Concorde
PARIS Air France and British Airways said yesterday they would resume Concorde service on Nov. 7, some 15 months after the supersonic jet was grounded by a deadly crash.
Air France grounded its Concorde fleet after a crash in the Paris suburb of Gonesse on July 25, 2000, that killed 109 persons on the plane and four on the ground. Britain followed suit weeks later.
Concorde crash investigators say a stray strip of metal on the runway punctured one of the plane's high-pressure tires, which blew a hole in a fuel tank and started a fire.
Improvements ordered by civil-aviation authorities in France and Britain include a strengthened fuel-tank liner and stronger tires.

U.N. says floods kill 81 North Koreans
SEOUL Floods caused by heavy rains last week have killed at least 81 persons and injured 82 in North Korea, a U.N. report said yesterday.
The report said torrential rains also damaged vast amounts of cropland just ahead of the fall harvest.

'Survivor' crew arrives in Tahiti
The staff of the CBS reality-television show "Survivor" has arrived in Tahiti to begin shooting its next series of shows on the island of Nuku Hiva, according to Agence Tahitienne de Press.
The director has recruited 250 Polynesians to assist with the technical equipment used by the show's Australian camera crew, some of whom are already in Papeete. They are moving equipment on board the interisland passenger-freighter Aranui for shipment to Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas Islands.
"Survivor" draws an audience of about 24 million viewers.

Russians kill 20 Chechen rebels
NAZRAN, Russia Russian troops killed 20 rebels and lost five men in scattered clashes with separatists in the breakaway province of Chechnya, officials said yesterday.
Military officials also said attackers believed to be rebels fired on a civilian bus, killing six persons near Argun, nine miles east of Grozny. However, they gave no further details and the shooting could not be confirmed with the rebels.

Commerce chief hails Caspian pipeline
MOSCOW Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans yesterday hailed the first commercial shipment of oil along a new Caspian pipeline built with the assistance of ChevronTexaco and praised the Kremlin's efforts to liberalize the Russian economy and encourage foreign investment.
ChevronTexaco Corp. announced yesterday it had completed loading the first tanker from the pipeline operated by the Caspian Pipeline Consortium, also known as CPC.
The 980-mile pipeline, which connects the Tengiz oil field in western Kazakhstan to Russia's Black Sea port of Novorossiisk, currently has a capacity of 30.8 million tons of oil a year, set to expand to 73.7 million tons a year by 2015.

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