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THE SAUNA JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL SUNDAY, MAY 17. 1998 A9 T INDONESIA S Indonesians assess damage foreigners, including | ,600 Americans, |re leaving capital By GEOFF SPENCER flie Associated Press i* % JAKARTA, Indonesia — Sttunned by days of rioting, In- mesians emerged from their >mes Saturday and surveyed debris-filled streets of their tattered, blackened capital. Tlhousands of soldiers in tanks Stnd armored personnel carriers patrolled the city amid an un- (Jjasy calm. !* Hundreds of stores were ^tripped bare, and many had jjeen set on fire. Thousands of i&indows were smashed by rocks apid automatic teller machines tjad been ripped from walls and knptied. The streets were strewn {with shattered glass and littered $hth burned-out cars. £ Awed by the immensity of the Damage and a death toll from ar- sjpn fires at malls that threatened to top 400, some feared violence Will explode again if the authori- farian President Suharto fails to $ase his 32-year grip on power 'Sfbon. "ij No demonstrations had been ijlanned for Saturday and the presence of the 10,000 troops Suharto ordered to the streets a day earlier seems to have had a Calming effect on the capital city <{f 11 million. » Still, droves of foreigners, including about 1,600 Americans, continued to flee Jakarta on evacuation flights organized by their worried governments. k Multinational companies were Bartering their own flights, one pf which swerved off the runway lh neighboring Singapore and Ijroke its wing. Three people hospitalized. T VIETNAM Ex-POW's wedding excites Vietnamese The Associated Press The remains of 31 minlvans line a street Saturday in Jakarta. The vans, belonging to a local dealership, were vandalized and were set afire during rioting Thursday. The exodus followed some of the worst rioting to wrack the city in decades, led by mobs fed up with economic hardship and students wanting political change. As the crisis wears on, the 76- year-old Suharto has repeatedly said he's willing to step aside if Indonesians want him to go, but only according to a convoluted constitutional process that could take months to complete. Critics think little of his offer. "He's said the same thing for more than 30 years," said Arbi Sanit, a political scientist at the University of Indonesia. "In many ways Suharto acts like a king who wants to die holding onto power." Suharto made some initial concessions to critics, including the students whose peaceful protests preceded the days of violence. On Saturday, Suharto promised to reshuffle his Cabinet, now dominated by his daughter and close friends. The day before, he announced a rollback of a big price hike on gasoline and other fuels, that helped trigger the riots. Students, outraged by the shooting deaths of six students by police at a demonstration last Tuesday, plan more big demonstrations in Jakarta and other major cities this week. The likelihood of more violence hangs on the response of the military to more student unrest. "There is a danger that the army and students will clash," Sanit said. "I fear there will be more violence." Air Force pilot was imprisoned, tortured during Vietnam War By The Associated Press HANOI, Vietnam — It's the social event of the year, perhaps the decade, in Hanoi. The tale of a former prisoner of war returning as ambassador and marrying a Vietnamese native has taken on storybook proportions. When U.S. Ambassador Pete Peterson met Saigon-born Australian diplomat Vi Le a year ago during a cocktail party at the Israeli Embassy, it was the start of a romance that he said "would have developed the same way anywhere else." But the fact is that it happened in the former North Vietnam, where Peterson spent 6Va years imprisoned and tortured after the Air Force pilot was shot down in his F-4 Phantom. Peterson, 62, has said many times that he has forgiven his captors, but his wedding to Le next weekend was being viewed by many Vietnamese as the ultimate sign of reconciliation.. "Vietnamese people come up to us on the streets, people we know PETERSON and don't know, and are very sup- - portive," Peterson said Friday. "There has not been one single negative statement. "I'm frankly surprised by all this. We just didn't consider the public reaction. We totally missed the idea of what people would suggest this means. "We're not getting married to enhance our countries' relationship, but we have that as the byproduct." . After the wedding, the couple plan a two-week honeymoon to Rome, New York, Washington, , Florida and San Francisco. Then, it's back to work. Born in Vietnam but raised in Australia. Le, 41, is a commercial officer for the Australian Embassy in Hanoi, a background that Peterson said has been invaluable in helping him understanding economic policy. Only si/«a11 on *ale OPIES The Latest Canon 8 Laser Quality, Don't Pay More for Inferior Quality! NO CONSTRUCTION ZONE DELAYS! Visit the Elmore Center 627 E. Crawford Across from Central High T ECONOMIC SUMMIT address world's problems ln|ia, Northern Ireland, high-tech crime on agenda at summit By |he Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, England — Re- buKed by Pakistan for a "very we^k response" to India's nuclear tes^s, world leaders turned to other global problems Saturday and urgtd support for Northern Irelan§'s peace agreement. They also pledged to intensify a crackdown on jjigh-tech crime. Worries about a nuclear arms racg in Asia hung heavily over the summit of President Clinton and the* leaders of Russia, Britain, France, Italy, Japan and Canada. Thf United States hinted it could ease longstanding sanctions against Pakistan if it refrained from following neighboring India with its own atomic explosions. Seeking a relaxed atmosphere, the presidents and prime ministers retreated to the seclusion of an aristocrat's 14,000-acre country estate outside Birmingham. A trio of ducks wandered into the photo opportunity as the leaders strolled the grounds, once the ancestral home of the Earls of Bradford. In downtown Birmingham, 50,000 demonstrators ringed the city center and the leaders' empty conference center to demand that the richest nations cancel debts owed by poor countries. Protest organizers complained they had been told only at the last moment that the leaders would be else- where. Six days before a crucial vote, the leaders urged Catholics and Protestants to approve a plan for sharing power in a Northern Ireland Assembly. Instigated by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the statement said the agreement was "an opportunity for economic development and prosperity." The leaders said they hoped the peace plan would win "the widest possible support." Returning to problems from summits past, the leaders agreed to coordinate efforts to track financial and high-tech crimes such as money laundering and illicit drugs across national borders. "There must be no safe havens either for criminals or for their money," the leaders said. At the summit's conclusion today, Clinton will meet one-on-one with Russia's Boris Yeltsin. The White House left open the possibility they might set a date for a formal summit, even though Clinton has suggested that would have to wait until Russia ratifies the START II nuclear arms reduction treaty. The Group of Eight was sharply criticized by Pakistan for its statement condemning India's five nuclear tests. At a news conference in Islamabad, Pakistani Foreign Secretary Shamshad Ahmad said the summit had produced a "very weak response." The leaders on Friday expressed "grave concern" for an arms race and said their relationships with India had been affected. T ICELAND Sum Fein official injured in shooting By Jhe Associated Press 3 ~~ rfijBLIN, Ireland — A gunman shdi one of Dublin's leading Sinn Feifr figures, then his grown son, during First Communion services at a^Roman Catholic church Satur- dayj sending terrified children fleeing. dublin City Councilman Larry O'ljbole and his son were both hospitalized in stable condition after Jbeing shot once each through the^torso at St. Joseph's church. TJie church lies in the middle of the;capital's most notorious wel- fi fare-housing project, Ballymun. The attack scattered the roughly 70 children at .the communion, mostly 7-year-old boys in suits, and girls in white lace dresses, who ran screaming in every direction. Witnesses said an intruder walked into the church, aimed a handgun at O'Toole and shouted "you're dead," before shooting him in the back. Adult worshippers chased the gunman outside, where O'Toole's son also was hit. 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