- The Washington Times - Friday, September 14, 2001

Mexico plane crash kills 16 from Seattle
MERIDA, Mexico — Sixteen Seattle area tourists on a Caribbean cruise died during a side trip to visit Mayan ruins when their plane crashed in the eastern Mexican state of Yucatan. Three Mexican crew members also died.
Soldiers barred access to the accident site, but digital photographs showed the tail was the only surviving piece of the twin-engine LET 410 turboprop plane, which crashed on Wednesday night.

China to switch to lethal injection
BEIJING — Chinese courts have been urged to replace execution of prisoners by gunshot with lethal injection by the end of this year, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
Courts should switch as soon as possible in order to carry out executions in a "more humane and scientific way," Xinhua quoted Vice President of the Supreme People's Court Liu Jiachen as saying yesterday.
China executes more prisoners than all other countries combined and has put at least 1,781 persons to death since April.

Russia cuts bow from sunken submarine
MOSCOW — Workers finished cutting away the bow of the sunken Kursk yesterday in a key step before the nuclear submarine can be lifted to the surface, the firm running the salvage operation said.
Russian officials have insisted the damaged front section be separated from the submarine because it may contain unexploded torpedoes that would make raising it risky.
Explosions sent the Kursk to the bottom of the Barents Sea on Aug. 12, 2000, killing all 118 aboard.

Peru judge orders Fujimori arrest
LIMA, Peru — A judge issued an international arrest warrant yesterday for disgraced ex-President Alberto Fujimori for his role in two death-squad massacres in the early 1990s, a court spokeswoman said yesterday.
Peru hopes the warrant will pave the way for Mr. Fujimori's eventual extradition from Tokyo, where he has lived in exile since November.

Nepal begins new talks with Maoist rebels
KATHMANDU, Nepal — Government officials and Maoist guerrilla leaders began a second round of peace talks yesterday to end a 5-year-old insurgency in Nepal.
A team of government ministers and members of the ruling Nepali Congress party met the Maoist leaders in a jungle resort at Bardia, 310 miles west of Kathmandu.

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