Sunday, October 17, 2004

Powell headed for East Asia’

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell will visit Japan, China and South Korea next weekend, the State Department said yesterday, in what probably is an effort to restart six-nation talks over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

The department said Mr. Powell would leave Friday and his discussions would deal with bilateral matters, regional security, stability “and issues such as the global war on terrorism, Iraq, North Korea and the six-party talks.”

Mr. Powell’s trip will take him to Beijing only days after a visit there by North Korea’s No. 2 leader, Kim Yong-nam, head of the Presidium of North Korea’s parliament.


Buffalo Springfield bassist Palmer dies

BELLEVILLE, Ontario — Bruce Palmer, bass guitarist for 1960s folk rock band Buffalo Springfield, has died. He was 58.

Mr. Palmer, whose unique bass playing became linked to the identity of the group, died of a heart attack on Oct. 1, said music publicist Liese Rugo.

Buffalo Springfield was primarily known for its 1967 hit, “For What It’s Worth,” and broke up after two years. However, the band members included Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Dewey Martin and Richie Furay, who went on to acclaim and commercial success.

He is survived by his wife, Jill Vanderveen Palmer; and three daughters.


Soap opera nixed after terror threats

AMMAN — Despite a weeklong advertising blitz, Jordan canceled plans yesterday to broadcast a soap opera about Afghanistan after an Internet threat against everyone from actors to TV executives if the show portrayed the Taliban in a negative light.

The series — “Al-Tareeq ila Kabul,” Arabic for “The Road to Kabul” — chronicles life under Afghanistan’s former Taliban rulers and was to be aired during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which began Friday in most Muslim countries.

The Middle East Broadcasting Corp., based in Dubai, broadcast the first episode on Friday.


2 American soldiers killed in bombing

KABUL — A bomb killed two American soldiers and wounded three others in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said yesterday, and an attack in an eastern province killed at least three children and a policeman at the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

The attacks after the presidential elections earlier this month were a reminder of the insecurity still threatening Afghanistan’s democratic experiment three years after the fall of the Taliban.

Ballot counting from the vote gathered speed after a one-day break, and President Hamid Karzai streaked ahead of his rivals in early returns.


Vandals deface Jewish cemetery

BERLIN — German police said yesterday a Jewish cemetery in the western town of Juelich had been desecrated by vandals who painted swastikas and other outlawed symbols on several gravestones.

A police spokesman in Juelich, near Cologne, said police had no information about any suspects and said the cemetery near the center of town had not been the target of attacks in the past.

Neo-Nazi attacks on Jewish cemeteries and foreigners have plagued Germany since reunification in 1990.


U.N. official blames Kerry for violence

SAO PAULO, Brazil — The head of the U.N. peacekeeping force in Haiti has linked recent violence in the volatile Caribbean island state to a call by U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry in March for former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to be returned to power, Brazil’s official news agency said yesterday.

“There is a hope, absolutely unfounded but created by a statement of a presidential candidate and taken at face value here, that has made some think that instability in the country and a change in American policy could contribute to Aristide’s return,” Brazilian Gen. Augusto Heleno Ribeiro, head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission, was quoted as saying by Agencia Brasil.

The general said rumors circulating in Haiti were based on statements by Mr. Kerry, who told the New York Times that, if he were president, he would have sent in troops to support Mr. Aristide against the rebel uprising that forced him out.

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