- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 9, 2001

Russia, China sign oil pipeline deal
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Visiting Chinese Prime Minister Zhu Rongji signed a deal yesterday with his Russian counterpart to evaluate plans for a proposed $1.7 billion oil pipeline from Siberia to northeastern China.
Expanding on an accord reached during Chinese President Jiang Zemin's visit to Moscow in July, Mr. Zhu and Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov agreed to start a feasibility study for the proposed 1,480-mile pipeline.

Mass grave found in Kosovo
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia — The remains of 26 ethnic Albanians believed to have been killed by Serbian forces in Kosovo during the 1999 war have been dug up in southwestern Serbia, the Tanjug news agency reported yesterday.
Exhumation work and an autopsy of the bodies that have already been unearthed was to continue today, the news agency said.

End to attacks on children sought
BELFAST — Leaders of North Belfast's Protestant and Roman Catholic communities yesterday studied proposals for restoring calm after a week of violent protests marred the return to school in the city's Ardoyne district.
The British government proposals, announced Friday, were prompted by ugly scenes, broadcast around the world, of Protestants hurling insults and projectiles at young girls being shepherded to a Catholic primary school by police in the run-down area.

Foot-and-mouth fear persists in Britain
LONDON — The British government has admitted that the foot and mouth crisis could last for another year.
Officials have advised sheep farmers not to produce lambs for export next autumn because the ban on foreign sales, triggered by foot and mouth disease, may not be lifted in time.

Germany seeks tighter rules on Viagra use
BERLIN — Germany's Health Minister Ulla Schmidt wants tougher European rules governing the prescription of Viagra after at least 30 men died in Germany after taking it, the Neue Osnabruecke Zeitung reported yesterday.
Miss Schmidt told the newspaper the suspected number of deaths from taking the sexual potency drug was alarming and that Germany wanted a European inquiry into the risks posed by the drug.

Weekly notes

Ex-King Constantine has denied reports that he was planning to return to live in Greece, the semi-official news agency ANA said yesterday. He recalled, however, that he had frequently expressed a desire, "like all Greeks living far from home," to return to his native country with his family, ANA said. German Defense Minister Rudolf Scharping has admitted his decision to join his girlfriend for a holiday in Mallorca while fellow politicians debated Germany's role in the U.N. mission in Macedonia was a mistake, according to an interview to be published today.


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