- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Tighter security planned in West Jerusalem
JERUSALEM Israeli officials presented a plan yesterday to tighten security in Jerusalem that included the possibility of erecting barriers and checkpoints to keep Palestinians out of the Jewish side of the city, the scene of two deadly attacks in the past week.
No decision was reached on the proposals, which came as police reinforcements flooded the eerily quiet downtown section.
Frequent attacks in Jerusalem have led to calls to tighten the closure that keeps most West Bank Palestinians out of the city and also to find a way to limit the access of East Jerusalem Palestinians to the city's Jewish western side.

Plane's wreckage found near volcano
IPIALES, Colombia Search teams found the wreckage of an Ecuadorean airliner that crashed with 92 persons on board near a volcano straddling the Colombia-Ecuador border, an Ecuadorean official said.
The wreckage was found near Chiles Volcano near the Ecuadorean border, an Ecuadorean official said. The Tame airlines Boeing 727-100 from Quito vanished Monday morning over the Andes as it flew through foggy weather.

Commonwealth to get call to suspend Zimbabwe
LONDON Britain said yesterday it would urge Commonwealth ministers to recommend that Zimbabwe be suspended from the group.
Foreign Minister Jack Straw, speaking a day after the European Union issued an ultimatum to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to accept foreign election observers or face sanctions, said the Commonwealth should keep up the pressure.

Albanian leader resigns amid power struggle
TIRANA, Albania Albania's prime minister resigned yesterday after months of quarreling with leaders of his party in a crisis that is eroding stability in one of Europe's poorest countries.
The struggle within the Socialist Party had stymied Prime Minister Ilir Meta's government, crippling the 32-year-old reformist's efforts to deal with economic problems.

Israeli army hits back at dissenting reservists
JERUSALEM Challenged by a petition campaign by reservist soldiers who vow not to serve in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the Israeli military yesterday accused them of not understanding the threat of terrorism.
The petition signed by some 50 reserve officers and soldiers from combat units was published in weekend newspapers.
Army spokesman Lt. Col. Olivier Rafowicz said, "Whoever doesn't understand that to stop a terrorist in [Palestinian-ruled] Nablus or Hebron is to prevent a terrible attack in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem apparently doesn't understand the situation we are in."

Madagascans rally against vote rigging
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar More than 500,000 Madagascans staged the biggest opposition rally in a decade yesterday, the second day of a general strike aimed at forcing out the government over purported presidential election fraud.
The boisterous crowd chanted and sang as it poured through the center of the capital, Antananarivo, toward the state television and radio stations. Opposition leaders negotiated their way inside and emerged claiming to have won promises of fairer coverage.
The rally broke up after the capital's mayor, Marc Ravalomanana, a presidential candidate who faces a runoff next month against incumbent Didier Ratsiraka, said the broadcaster agreed to broadcast a statement by him later in the day.

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