- The Washington Times - Monday, May 27, 2002

Rome flights grounded for NATO summit
ROME All Italian airlines and at least one foreign carrier announced yesterday that they would suspend their Rome operations during a NATO gathering of world leaders tomorrow to forestall fears of hijackings.
The NATO meeting is being staged at a military air base less than two minutes' flying time from Rome's Fiumicino airport, and Italian authorities are concerned that militants may try to overpower a commercial jet and target the summit center.
The government ordered all companies using Fiumicino tomorrow to put security staff on their flights and said fighter jets would patrol the skies. But Italian carriers have decided instead to ground their planes, saying they did not have enough trained security staff to meet government requirements.

Hungary's center-left forms government
BUDAPEST Victorious center-left parties signed a coalition agreement yesterday to form Hungary's fourth post-communist government, which is expected to take the country into the European Union.
The Socialists and the Free Democrats, which won elections in April, promised in their coalition accord to boost wealth, modernize the economy and strengthen democratic institutions.
Prime Minister-elect Peter Medgyessy, expected to be sworn in next week, said his Cabinet would staunchly defend national interests in EU accession talks, which the 10 leading candidates mainly from former communist central Europe hope to close by the end of this year.

Ruling Nepalese party expels prime minister
KATMANDU, Nepal The ruling Nepali Congress party yesterday expelled Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba from its ranks for three years as his government announced that it would seek to extend emergency rule to help fight communist rebels.
The party, which had dominated Nepal's politics since the restoration of democracy in 1990, suspended Mr. Deuba's party membership last week after he successfully sought without its consent an order from King Gyanendra to dissolve parliament and call new elections.
The party yesterday stiffened its sanctions against Mr. Deuba after Interior Security Minister Khum Bahadur Khadka said six months of emergency rule, which expired on Saturday, would be re-imposed for three more months. Party members had differed over the extension.

Iran's reformers reject ban on pro-U.S. talk
TEHRAN Iran's reformers yesterday denounced as unconstitutional a ban imposed by the hard-line judiciary on discussions promoting Iran-U.S. ties and said they would ignore the orders, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
"The parliament will continue its expert investigations about foreign policy," said Vice Speaker Mohammad Reza Khatami, a younger brother of President Mohammad Khatami. "It is simply part of the powers of the parliament."
On Saturday, the judiciary issued an order banning any comment about talks with the United States. The order said all foreign policy decisions are issued by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and any "reports and references about opening talks with the United States is a crime."

Polanski Holocaust film wins top prize at Cannes
CANNES, France "The Pianist," Roman Polanski's personal film about the Holocaust, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday.
The film stars Adrien Brody as a brilliant Polish pianist who manages to escape the Warsaw ghetto. As a boy in Poland, Mr. Polanski survived the Krakow ghetto but lost his mother at a Nazi camp.
In a year of especially high-quality films, second place, or the Grand Prize, went to Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki's, "The Man Without a Past", a whimsical tale of an amnesia victim who rediscovers life and love in the slums of Helsinki.


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