- The Washington Times - Monday, May 13, 2002

Immigrant crackdown praised by Denmark
MOLDE, Norway Denmark, the next holder of the European Union's rotating presidency, said yesterday that its crackdown on immigration could be a model for European nations combating a rise of extremism.
Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen told fellow Nordic leaders that Copenhagen's tightening of immigration and welfare were already working by cutting the numbers of illegal immigrants.

Euthanasia activist dies in London
LONDON Diane Pretty, a terminally ill woman who fought an ultimately unsuccessful legal battle in the British and European courts to be allowed to end her life with her husband's help, has died, her supporters said yesterday.
Mrs. Pretty, whose neurological disease left her paralyzed from the neck down, died on Saturday afternoon in the hospice that had helped to care for her during her illness. She was 43.
Her husband, Brian, who campaigned tirelessly to be allowed to help his wife die with dignity, was at her side.

Nepal army regroups to battle Maoists
KATMANDU, Nepal Nepal's ill-equipped army is regrouping to begin fresh strikes against Maoist rebels in its west Nepal stronghold after two of the deadliest battles in the six-year uprising, officials said yesterday.
The impoverished Himalayan kingdom's army, which has said it needs everything from boots to bullets and helicopters, said it would withdraw troops from its temporary base in Gam, site of one of the savage clashes, to boost its strength.

Powell confident of deal with Russia
MOSCOW U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell expressed confidence yesterday that an accord on deep cuts in strategic weapons arsenals would be signed at a Russian-U.S. summit this month, Interfax news agency reported.
In a Russian translation of comments to be broadcast later in the day, Mr. Powell said Moscow and Washington had "made progress" in eliminating differences over the deal ahead of the May 23-26 summit in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

McCartney says kids unhappy over wedding
LONDON Former Beatle Paul McCartney admitted yesterday his children were finding it difficult to accept his forthcoming marriage to fiancee Heather Mills, but said they had to realize "it's how it is and how it must be."
The 59-year old star, who has said he "cried for a year" after his wife Linda died of breast cancer in 1998, is due to marry Miss Mills, 33, a former model, on June 6 in a star-studded ceremony in New York.

Zimbabwe ruling party to sue newspapers
HARARE, Zimbabwe Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's ruling party is suing the main opposition and media organizations over reports last month saying that his supporters beheaded a woman in front of her children, the state Sunday Mail reported.
"The ruling party ZANU-PF has instructed its lawyers to take legal action against the [Movement for Democratic Change] and all the media organizations in and outside the country who carried the false story," the paper said.

North Korean to visit Russia
MOSCOW North Korean Foreign Minister Paek Nam-sun will come to Moscow on May 19 for talks focusing on political and economic ties between Moscow and Pyongyang, Russian officials said.
Mr. Pak's visit would be the first such trip made by a North Korean foreign minister in more than ten years, diplomatic sources quoted by the Interfax news agency said. North Korea's reclusive leader Kim Jong-il is expected to pay a visit to Russia's Far East later this year.


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