- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 26, 2002

Another officer asks Chavez to resign
CARACAS, Venezuela Venezuelan air force Gen. Roman Gomez Ruiz late yesterday became the fourth military officer in less than a month to ask for the resignation of President Hugo Chavez.
"President Chavez, I ask you, for the good of the country and for the love of the armed forces, that you leave power peacefully and face the consequences of your failure. Avoid further injury to the country," Gen. Gomez said at a press conference in a downtown Caracas hotel.
The first officer to publicly challenge Mr. Chavez to resign was air force Col. Pedro Soto, whom Mr. Chavez asked to resign Thursday. After declaring himself "in rebellion," authorities threatened to arrest him if he continued to wear his uniform in public.
Since Col. Soto led a Feb. 7 demonstration of thousands to the presidential palace to demand that Mr. Chavez step down, two other officers, a national guard captain and a navy rear admiral, have publicly requested Mr. Chavez's resignation.

South Korea says dialogue critical
SEOUL South Korea's president stressed yesterday the need for dialogue with North Korea to avoid war, saying that tensions reached a "critical" point after President Bush said the North was part of an "axis of evil."
Mr. Bush said last month that North Korea, together with Iran and Iraq, formed an "axis of evil" that supports international terrorism. North Korea's communist government called Mr. Bush's remarks tantamount to declaring war.
"We had faced a critical moment. North Korea must have felt a great threat after President Bush's axis-of-evil remarks. A war can erupt if two parties reject each other," South Korean President Kim Dae-jung said yesterday during a luncheon with government and civic leaders.

Fujimori writes book on terrorism
TOKYO Former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori, wanted in Lima on suspicion of homicide and corruption, has written a book that chronicles his administration's success in crushing leftist rebels and compares the decade-long struggle to the U.S.-led war on terror.
In "Alberto Fujimori Fights Terrorism," which arrived in stores here yesterday, Mr. Fujimori takes credit for liberating Peru from fear by defeating the Shining Path and Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement, two groups that terrorized Peru with car bombings, assassinations and peasant massacres.

Laureate foresees no cancer cure
LONDON Scientists are winning the fight against cancer but it is a long, slow process and the disease that kills about 6 million people each year may never be eliminated, said Nobel medicine laureate Sir Paul Nurse.
"Our generation will make significant progress. I really do believe that. I don't believe we will eliminate cancer," said the co-director of Cancer Research UK, Europe's largest research organization.

Journalists said to threaten security
BANGKOK Two foreign journalists facing expulsion from Thailand denied yesterday they were a threat to national security, and appealed against an order revoking their visas.
The Immigration Department canceled the visas of American Shawn Crispin and Briton Rodney Tasker on Friday after they wrote a Jan. 10 article claiming there were tensions between the prime minister and the king.


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