- The Washington Times - Friday, September 21, 2001

North Korea's harvest below expectations
BEIJING North Korea's crop yield fell far below expectations this year, ensuring that six consecutive years of food shortages will drag on for at least another year, said a United Nations report.
"Field observations by World Food Program (WFP) emergency officers in July and August showed that early crop harvest (wheat, barley and potato) to be 35-80 percent lower than last year," the report by the U.N. office for humanitarian affairs said.

Aceh rebels blamed in death of soldier, wife
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia The military accused separatist rebels in the strife-torn province of Aceh of killing a soldier and his wife.
The sergeant major had gone fishing with his wife Wednesday.
Their bodies were found with gunshot wounds and their hands tied behind their backs yesterday morning near the town of Lhokseumawe, said Aceh military spokesman Lt. Col. Firdaus.

Dozens of Moros surrender after clash
MARAWI, Philippines Dozens of former Muslim separatist rebels surrendered late yesterday following a clash and a 10-hour standoff in the southern Philippines that left at least four persons dead.
The gunmen from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) at one point took hostages in the city of Marawi, but all were soon freed or escaped, said Col. Antonio Seville, spokesman for the Army's 401st Infantry Brigade.
Earlier, both Col. Seville and Abdurahman Jamasali, an MNLF leader, reported 10 persons were killed.

Japanese police guard American bases
TOKYO Japanese police beefed up security yesterday around U.S. military bases in Japan and domestic nuclear plants in response to the government's new anti-terrorist plan.
Police have been deployed at about 150 American military and nonmilitary facilities in Japan, in addition to about 200 nuclear power plants, airports and other key facilities, press reports said. Bulletproof vests and helmets will be worn by police guarding some U.S. military facilities.

Weekly notes
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhu Bangzao denied yesterday that China had set conditions for backing a global war on terrorism in asking for U.S. support for Beijing's struggle against those it considers separatists and terrorists. "Some media tried to put together my answers to different questions," Mr. Zhu told reporters. "This is a serious misinterpretation of China's position." South Korea's conservative Grand National Party and an ally stepped up pressure on President Kim Dae-jung's ruling party yesterday over reported influence peddling in Mr. Kim's power base in southwest Korea. Lee Young-ho, a corporate raider from Mr. Kim's region, was arrested last week on suspicions of embezzlement and share-price manipulation. He originally was detained on those charges 16 months ago but released after a day, provoking charges of preferential treatment.

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