- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 9, 2002

Report says Arafat is set to step down

AMMAN, Jordan A Jordanian magazine said yesterday that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was expected to step down in the coming weeks through an agreement between the United States, Israel and certain Palestinian and Arab parties.

The opposition periodical, Al-Majd, which is considered close to Syria, quoted unidentified high-ranking Palestinian sources as saying Mr. Arafat was almost acquiescent about stepping down to make way for peace negotiations and the creation of an independent Palestinian state.

They said Mr. Arafat was granted a last chance to think about the best way to step down, and that if he did so, he is most likely to choose to retire to a home in territories under the control of the Palestinian Authority.

Winnie Mandela faces crime charges

PRETORIA, South Africa Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the ex-wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela, appeared in court yesterday to face fraud and theft charges.

Mrs. Madikizela-Mandela, 64, a ruling-party legislator, was arrested Oct. 18 and charged with 85 counts of fraud and theft involving about $100,000, before being released on bail.

She was convicted in 1991 of kidnapping and being an accessory to an assault on four young men at her Soweto home in December 1988. She was sentenced to six years in jail but ended up paying a $3,200 fine on appeal.

Details released on U.S. bombing

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia A U.S. defense contractor provided the Cambodian government with computerized information yesterday that detail the hundreds of bombing runs that American planes made on Cambodian territory during the Vietnam War.

The information is intended to help Cambodian de-mining groups clear land for settlers and agricultural development, officials said.

U.S. bombing runs against suspected Viet Cong supply lines on Cambodian soil began in 1969, and continued sporadically until 1973.

Dalai Lama meets Croatian prime minister

ZAGREB, Croatia Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, held a private meeting yesterday with Croatia's outgoing prime minister, Ivica Racan, although no meetings with the country's authorities had been scheduled, national radio reported.

Mr. Racan, who resigned on Friday but is most likely to be appointed interim leader to form a new government, stressed it was an unofficial meeting during which violence and suppression of hatred in the world was discussed.

Airport shooting victim buried in Israel

JERUSALEM Hundreds of mourners, filing through a Jerusalem cemetery's "Gate of Peace," attended the burial yesterday of one of the two Israelis killed at the Los Angeles International Airport by an Egyptian gunman.

"I should be dead instead of him," a weeping relative screamed as she held a black-framed photograph of Yaakov Aminov, 46, a diamond importer killed in the July 4 shooting at a check-in counter of El Al Israel Airlines.

El Al ticket agent Victoria Hen, 25, also was killed in the attack by Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, an Egyptian limousine driver.

Britain OKs arms for Israel

LONDON Britain gave the go-ahead yesterday for the export to the United States of fighter-jet components destined for Israel, despite protests that it was violating its own guidelines on "ethical" arms sales.

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the navigation and targeting equipment known as head-up display units would be shipped to the United States, where it would be built into F-16 jets due to be delivered to Israel next year.

Mr. Straw said Britain was seriously concerned about violence in Israeli-occupied areas in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

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