- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 4, 2002

Croatian government on brink of failure
ZAGREB, Croatia Croatia's government was on the brink of collapse yesterday after most deputies of the ruling coalition's second-biggest party refused to support a nuclear power plant bill.
The government managed to push the bill through parliament, but the overwhelming show of dissent by the Social Liberals demonstrated the gulf between them and Prime Minister Ivica Racan.

North Korea vows to push dialogue
SEOUL North Korea today vowed to push for dialogue and cooperation with South Korea, indicating that it wants to avoid escalating tension after last week's deadly naval clash.
"We will make all our efforts to smoothly promote dialogue and cooperation as both sides agreed," it said in an official statement.
The statement was issued by the North's Committee for Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland.

2 Russians on trial for exports to China
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia Two Russian scientists accused by counterintelligence agents of illegally exporting technology with military uses to China went on trial in Russia's Pacific port of Vladivostok yesterday.
Russian customs officials seized acoustic equipment being exported by scientist Vladimir Shchurov in September 1999, arguing the technology had both military and civilian purposes.
The same equipment used to listen to natural ocean sounds could be used to detect foreign submarines, they said.
The FSB domestic security service, successor to the Soviet-era KGB, says Mr. Shchurov, head of the acoustics laboratory of the Pacific Oceanographic Institute, and deputy Yuri Khvorostov breached regulations for the export of scientific technology, and accuses Mr. Shchurov of disclosing state secrets.

Cuba moves to block July 4 raft escape
HAVANA Cuba's communist government yesterday accused Cuban exiles in the United States of encouraging an exodus of rafts and warned that it would not allow a U.S. boatlift.
For the past few days, the streets of Cuban cities have been full of rumors that Cubans seeking to leave the island were planning a raft exodus today, when they would be picked up by boats coming from Florida 90 miles away.
Cuban authorities appeared to step up security along the coast this week, with speedboat patrols along Havana's waterfront, and on Tuesday stopped yachts leaving the Marina Hemingway, named after the American writer who lived, fished and wrote in Cuba half a century ago.

Buddhists battle Hong Kong tycoons
HONG KONG Hong Kong's big business and its most venerable monastery clashed yesterday after the government released plans to build a cable car link and tourist facilities at the foot of the world's largest bronze Buddha.
The giant statue, which sits in one of the most tranquil spots on Lantau Island, draws hundreds of devotees and tourists each day. The monastery is appalled by plans to commercialize the site with hotels and scores of eateries.
Devotees now have to climb a daunting staircase of 250 steps just to reach the base of the statue.

Thatcher statue beheaded at gallery
LONDON Margaret Thatcher lost her head in a London art gallery yesterday when a man decapitated a new statue of Britain's former prime minister, police said.
The 8-foot-tall marble likeness unveiled in May and destined eventually to grace the House of Commons was left headless after the man walked into the gallery and battered it with a steel scaffolding pole.
No further details were available about the assailant, who has not yet been charged, police said.


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