- The Washington Times - Friday, December 13, 2002

HONDURAS

U.S. Army helicopter crashes; five killed

TEGUCIGALPA A U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed in a mountainous region of Honduras during a routine training mission, killing all five troops aboard, Honduran police said yesterday.

U.S. officials said the helicopter, based at the Soto Cano Air Base, crashed Wednesday night three miles east of the town of Santa Cruz in northern Honduras.

About 400 U.S. troops are stationed in Honduras. The U.S. military presence began in 1982 at the height of Central America's Cold War conflicts.


ISRAEL

Six Palestinians, two Israelis killed

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip Six Palestinians, five of them unarmed, and two Israelis were killed in separate incidents in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank city of Hebron yesterday.

Israeli forces near the Karni border crossing in Gaza killed five Palestinians they believed were planning to climb a security fence to get into Israel. Palestinian security sources said the men were trying to sneak into Israel to find work. Elsewhere in Gaza, Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian gunman who the army said was on a mission to attack a Jewish settlement.

In Hebron, an Israeli man and a woman were killed in a Palestinian ambush near the Tomb of the Patriarchs shrine, the Israeli army said.


SOUTH KOREA

U.S. to hand over convicted soldier

SEOUL The U.S. military said yesterday it will hand over a convicted soldier to South Korean authorities to serve an eight-month prison term for hitting a Korean woman in a car accident.

Staff Sgt. Ronnie D. Kirby, 27, of Chouteau, Okla., was convicted Wednesday by South Korea's Supreme Court. The ruling came amid rising anti-U.S. sentiment in South Korea over the acquittals in U.S. military courts in November of two American soldiers whose armored vehicle killed two teenage Korean girls in a road accident in June.


BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

Red Cross ousts Karadzic's wife

PALE The wife of Bosnian Serb war-crimes fugitive Radovan Karadzic resigned as Bosnian Serb Red Cross chief yesterday after the International Red Cross threatened to stop funds if she stayed in the job.

Announcing her departure, Ljiljana Zelen-Karadzic accused the International Committee of the Red Cross of "violating basic principles of their organization."

Mr. Karadzic, the former Bosnian Serb leader, is wanted by the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague for genocide and war crimes.


IVORY COAST

France to boost troop presence

ABIDJAN Former colonial power France is flying in hundreds of reinforcements to Ivory Coast to take its force in the West African country to more than 2,000 its biggest deployment in Africa since it went to the aid of Chad's government fighting a Libyan invasion in the 1980s.

Since a failed coup on Sept. 19, French troops have limited their activity, first to protecting foreign nationals from fighting and then to policing a cease-fire signed on Oct. 17 between the government and the main rebel faction.


KUWAIT

Embassy cautions Americans to be alert

KUWAIT CITY The U.S. Embassy, citing recent threats, warned Americans to avoid apartment buildings and public places in Kuwait where many U.S. citizens gather or live.

More than 12,000 U.S. military and thousands of civilians are in Kuwait, a key American ally in the Persian Gulf.

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