- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 8, 2002

Clashes in Cambodia mar celebrations

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia Government supporters attacked a small group of students who protested celebrations yesterday of the anniversary of Vietnamese military intervention that ended Cambodia's genocidal Khmer Rouge regime.
About 10 students from the Democratic Front of Khmer Students and Intellectuals gathered in front of the National Assembly and tried to hand out leaflets. They contended that the invasion of Vietnamese troops that ousted the Khmer Rouge on Jan. 7, 1979, began a decade-long period of Vietnamese aggression and occupation of Cambodia.
Young government supporters beat some of the students and randomly searched and threatened onlookers they accused of sympathizing with the Khmer Rouge.
The Khmer Rouge ruled Cambodia from 1975 until the invading Vietnamese army, joined by Cambodian resistance forces, drove them from power.

Haitian reporters seek U.S. asylum
MIAMI At least six Haitian journalists fled their homeland and are preparing asylum cases in the United States after last month's failed coup.
Dozens of journalists had to keep a low profile for a time after supporters of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide attacked reporters outside the National Palace on Dec. 17, the day of the coup attempt.
Mr. Aristide met with 200 representatives of local media yesterday to stress his government's commitment to freedom of the press.

U.N. nuclear experts to visit North Korea
VIENNA, Austria A team of international experts from the United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency plans to visit a nuclear facility in North Korea next week.
Three inspectors from the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency are to visit nuclear facilities in the Yongbyon area from Jan. 15 to 19, an agency spokeswoman said yesterday.
North Korea's nuclear program has been a source of tension with the United States, which fears the communist country may have diverted nuclear materials from peaceful purposes into weapons production.
Russian forces shell town in Chechnya
ARGUN, Russia Russian forces shelled Chechnya's third-largest town yesterday, and fighting erupted in other parts of the separatist republic, leaving at least three soldiers reported dead and eight wounded.
Russian forces also shelled rebel bases in three other districts of southern Chechnya, and four insurgents were killed, an official said.

Muslim leader's detention triggers Philippine alert
MANILA The armed forces have stepped up security in the southern Philippines to thwart any attacks by forces loyal to Muslim leader Nur Misuari, now detained in a police camp outside Manila after being deported from Malaysia, officials said today.
Mr. Misuari, 60, is being held in a police camp in Santa Rosa, a town south of Manila, in a detention center originally built to house ousted president Joseph Estrada.
The former Muslim guerrilla leader is accused of instigating a short-lived rebellion that left more than 100 dead in southern Jolo island in November and faces a 20-year jail term if found guilty of the charge.

U.S. saw Montesinos as asset in war on drugs
LIMA, Peru The United States considered Peru's jailed former spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos a valuable asset in battling drugs, but warned his shady past made him a dangerous friend, according to declassified documents released by U.S. officials here yesterday.
"Like it or not, he is the go-to guy, short of the president [Alberto Fujimori] himself on any key issue, particularly counternarcotics," U.S. officials in Lima said in a 1999 dispatch to Washington.
Thirty-eight declassified documents, spanning the entire 1990-2000 term of ousted President Fujimori, were released by the U.S. Embassy following a request from lawmakers here probing charges of corruption linked to the ex-spy chief.
"Montesinos carries a significant amount of negative baggage with him," said one 1996 document. "Montesinos: A valued ally in the drug fight, but no choirboy," it said

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