- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 24, 2002

British troops staff fire stations
LONDON Soldiers drove antiquated firetrucks and firefighters stood on picket lines yesterday as politicians and union leaders traded blame for a national walkout by Britain's fire service.
Troops were called to several serious blazes overnight, filling in for 50,000 firefighters who walked off the job Friday morning.
The firefighters began an eight-day strike to press their demand for a hefty pay increase after last-minute talks with local authorities broke down early Friday.

Chirac urges Iraq to cooperate
PARIS French President Jacques Chirac urged Iraq yesterday to comply with U.N. weapons inspections, which he said would clear up any doubt over whether President Saddam Hussein was harboring weapons of mass destruction.
Speaking at a news conference after agreeing to an aid package for Lebanon, Mr. Chirac added war would not be in anyone's interest.

Chechen warns of more attacks
BERLIN The Chechen guerrilla commander who says he was behind the mass hostage-taking last month in Moscow has warned of new attacks if Russian troops do not withdraw from Chechnya, a German newspaper reported yesterday.
Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev has appealed to NATO leaders to put pressure on Russia to withdraw from his homeland and start political negotiations, Germany's Welt am Sonntag reported in a release issued ahead of publication today.

Wrong medicine sickens Milosevic
THE HAGUE Wrong medicines given to Slobodan Milosevic in prison sent his blood pressure shooting up earlier this month, forcing a halt to his trial, a Dutch newspaper reported yesterday.
NRC Handelsblad quoted "sources in the [U.N. war crimes] tribunal" as saying administering the wrong medication had caused blood pressure problems that triggered the latest in a string of health-related delays to the former Yugoslav President's war crimes trial.
Mr. Milosevic, 61, has suffered bouts of flu, exhaustion and high blood pressure.

Weekly notes
A vegan animal rights activist charged with the shock murder in May of Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn has confessed, saying he saw the anti-immigration populist as a danger to society, prosecutors revealed yesterday. Suspect Volkert van der Graaf was arrested moments after the murder and has been in custody since then. Prince Philip says he never called Princess Diana a "trollop" and a "harlot" as claimed by a former friend of the princess. The palace issued a statement denying claims by faith healer Simone Simmons that Diana had shown her letters from Philip in which the queen's husband used the terms to describe the late princess.


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