- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 9, 2002

NATO peacekeepers detain Albanian rebel
PRISTINA, Yugoslavia NATO-led peacekeepers detained the commander of a disbanded ethnic Albanian rebel group that fought Serbian forces in southern Serbia, an alliance official said yesterday.
Shefket Musliu was detained on Tuesday afternoon in the eastern part of Kosovo province controlled by U.S. peacekeepers.
Mr. Musliu was being held at a detention facility at Camp Bondsteel, the main U.S. base in the province, he said.

Jumbo jet makes emergency stop
TOKYO A United Airliners passenger plane bound for San Francisco from Hong Kong made an emergency landing yesterday at Tokyo's Narita International Airport because of engine trouble.
The Boeing 747-400 carrying 327 passengers and 21 crew reported a sudden loss of oil pressure in an engine on its left wing and requested permission to land, a Transport Ministry official said on the condition of anonymity.
The plane landed safely at 9:12 p.m. There were no injuries.

Costa Rican president pledges reforms
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica A psychiatrist and former television commentator was sworn in as Costa Rica's president yesterday, promising to try to pull the Central American nation out of an economic slump.
Abel Pacheco set an economic growth goal of 6 percent per year and said he would try to improve the lot of the 20 percent of Costa Rican families who live in poverty. He promised an austere government, saying he hopes to eliminate the government budget deficit by 2006, when his term is over.

Iran says no one talking to U.S.
TEHRAN An Iranian government spokesman has denied reports that Iran was engaged in secret talks with the United States, saying that any individual contacts with Washington outside the Foreign Ministry had no official backing.
Over the past few weeks, Iranian newspapers have reported that a five-member team led by Deputy Foreign Minister Sadeq Kharrazi, a nephew of Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi, had held secret talks with American diplomats in Cyprus and elsewhere in Europe.
Iran and the United States broke relations after the storming of the U.S. Embassy and the 1979 Islamic revolution.

British officer says war nearly won
BAGRAM, Afghanistan The war against al Qaeda and Taliban fighters inside Afghanistan is "all but won" and offensive operations by the U.S.-led coalition are grinding down as a result, the top British commander in the coalition said yesterday.
"We believe we're on the right way, that the fight against in Afghanistan is all but won," Brig. Roger Lane said at Bagram air base.
A 1,000-man British-led force began sweeping on foot through southeastern Afghanistan on Friday to track down small groups of al Qaeda or Taliban fighters and search caves and bunkers they may have once used.

Carter to make TV address in Cuba
HAVANA Former President Jimmy Carter will make a live, televised address to the Cuban people during his visit here next week, making him the only American head of state in or out of office to visit this communist country.
Mr. Carter is to speak early Tuesday evening from the main auditorium of the University of Havana, according to a schedule of his activities issued yesterday afternoon by the Carter Center in Atlanta.
The subject of the speech was not announced, but Cuban President Fidel Castro has said Mr. Carter would be welcome to talk to a large group of Cubans while he is visiting and issue any criticisms he likes.
The White House and Cuban exile groups both have encouraged Mr. Carter to address the issues of human rights and democracy during his May 12-17 stay.


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