- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 21, 2003

YUGOSLAVIA

Former Serbian leader surrenders at tribunal

THE HAGUE Former Serbian President Milan Milutinovic turned himself in to the Yugoslav war-crimes tribunal yesterday, where he has vowed to fight accusations of wrongdoing in Kosovo.

Mr. Milutinovic, charged with war crimes during a crackdown in the southern Serbian province in 1999, took a special flight from Belgrade to Amsterdam and was taken by car to the U.N. detention facility in The Hague.

He was expected to appear before a judge to enter a plea within a few days.


BRITAIN

'Desert Rats' head for Persian Gulf

LONDON Britain said yesterday that it will deploy 26,000 ground troops, including the "Desert Rats" of the 7th Armored Brigade, and 120 tanks to the Gulf for a U.S.-led war on Iraq.

Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon announced the deployment in a statement to the House of Commons in which he stressed that a war could still be averted if Iraq "disarms voluntarily."


UNITED NATIONS

World's major powers meet about terrorism

NEW YORK The world's major powers met yesterday to give new urgency to the global war on terrorism and seek greater controls on nuclear, chemical and biological materials that could fall into the hands of terrorists.

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan opened a Security Council meeting of foreign ministers with a statement that the world faces a "grave and growing threat from international terrorism" and a call for greater efforts to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

Foreign ministers from 13 of the 15 U.N. Security Council members attended the open council meeting on terrorism.


PAKISTAN

Foreign minister denies helping North Korea

NEW YORK Pakistan's foreign minister flatly denied yesterday a published report that Islamabad was helping North Korea develop nuclear weapons.

"It is utter rubbish. It is totally without foundation," Mian Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri told reporters at the United Nations.

An article in this week's New Yorker magazine cites a classified CIA report on North Korea delivered in June to President Bush that accuses Pakistan of "sharing sophisticated technology, warhead-design information and weapons-testing data" since 1997.


CANADA

Eight U.S. skiers killed in snowslide

REVELSTOKE Eight backcountry skiers from the United States were killed and two were injured when an avalanche rolled down a mountainside yesterday in eastern British Columbia, officials said. The snowslide occurred near the Durrand Glacier, 20 miles northeast of the town of Revelstoke in the Canadian Rockies. Regional coroner Ian McKichan said eight persons died and two were injured.


BELARUS

Putin, Lukashenko reaffirm close ties

MINSK After months of acerbic disputes, the leaders of Russia and Belarus reaffirmed their commitment yesterday to closer integration under a union treaty that has developed slowly since it was created nearly seven years ago.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarussian counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko, vowed to push ahead with plans for closer economic ties and a constitutionlike document.


CUBA

Rulers say voters like socialism

HAVANA Cuba's Communist Party said yesterday that more than 97 percent of voters showed support for the nation's socialist system by electing 609 candidates who ran uncontested for parliament. Many dissidents refused to participate inSunday's vote.


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