- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 11, 2004


Opposition candidatewins first round

KIEV — Opposition reformer Viktor Yushchenko barely edged out the pro-Kremlin candidate in the first round of Ukraine’s presidential vote, setting up a runoff later this month for the leadership of the former Soviet republic, official results showed yesterday.

Mr. Yushchenko won 39.87 percent of the vote, a half-percentage point more than Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych in the Oct. 31 balloting, the Central Election Commission announced after a delayed final tally.

Earlier counts had shown Mr. Yanukovych narrowly ahead. Nearly 3 percent of the ballots were rejected over irregularities.

Mr. Yushchenko, a reform-minded former prime minister, will face Mr. Yanukovych in a Nov. 21 runoff to determine who will succeed outgoing President Leonid Kuchma. Mr. Kuchma favored Mr. Yanukovych for the post.


Chen calls for banon WMDs in strait

TAIPEI — Chen Shui-bian, president of the Republic of China (Taiwan), yesterday called for a ban on the use of weapons of mass destruction across the Taiwan Strait, which separates the island from rival China.

Speaking after a meeting on national security, he said Taiwan was willing to guarantee not to develop nuclear, biological and chemical weapons or use them across the strait and urged Beijing to reciprocate. He also announced plans to downsize Taiwan’s army by 100,000 before the end of 2008.

Taiwan says nuclear power China is targeting the island with at least 600 ballistic missiles and that the number will rise to 800 by the end of 2006.


Serbs apologizefor ‘95 massacre

SARAJEVO — Bosnia’s Serb Republic offered the first formal apology yesterday for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, in which its forces killed up to 8,000 Muslims in Europe’s worst atrocity since World War II.

The apology accompanied the final version of the Bosnian Serb government’s report on Srebrenica, in which it acknowledged that Bosnian Serb forces were responsible for the atrocities.


U.S. diplomat shotin robbery bid

MEXICO CITY — The legal attache for the U.S. Embassy was shot as he got out of his car, in what appeared to be a robbery attempt, an embassy spokeswoman said yesterday.

Carlos Villar was approached by an unidentified gunman on Tuesday evening at a Mexico City shopping center lot. The two struggled, and Mr. Villar was shot in the leg before the gunman ran off.


Gorbachev honorsformer Cat Stevens

ROME — Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev honored the singer once known as Cat Stevens with a peace prize yesterday, praising him for charity work and for standing by his convictions despite personal hardships.

Yusuf Islam was awarded the “Man for Peace” prize in Rome at the opening of a meeting of Nobel Peace Prize laureates. The British musician was expelled from the United States in September on suspicion of ties to terrorism.

Mr. Islam is the founder of Small Kindness, a charity that raises money for children and families suffering from poverty and war in the Balkans and Middle East. It also donated money to victims of the September 11 attacks and to the fight AIDS in South Africa.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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