THE SALINA JOURNAL WORLD THURSDAY, MAY 21, 1998 A3 T MOUNT EVEREST .Climbers reach top pf Everest Weather finally permits year's first successful ascents to highest peak By The Associated Press KATMANDU, Nepal — Twenty- pne climbers seized a break in the jveather Wednesday to become the first people to scale Mount Everest this year — but an Arizona man trying to become the first amputee to scale the world's highest peak had to turn back. * Storms had delayed the climbers for days, creating a backlog of teams anxious to make their summit attempts before their |50,000 permits expire May 31. a Nepalese resident Appa Sherpa, (58, racked up a remarkable accomplishment, becoming only the second person ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest nine times. His hero and neighbor, Ang Rita Sherpa, 50, holds the record, with 10 ascents. Absent from the 21 who trudged up Everest's 29,028-foot summit was Tom Whittaker, a 49-year-old from Prescott, Ariz., who lost his right foot in a car accident. Whittaker, making his third stab at reaching the top of the Himalayan peak, was outfitted with an artificial leg specially made for the climb. He had to give up this latest attempt when he fell ill with pulmonary edema, a swelling of blood vessels common at very high altitudes. Two of his companions — Jeffery Rhodes, 44, an outdoor specialist from Pocatello, Idaho, and I'ashi Tshering Sherpa, 28 — were Successful. " Other successful mountaineers included the first Iranian team to scale Mount Everest and American Wally Berg, who set up scientific equipment that will measure Everest's growth, monitor weather patterns and predict earthquakes in the region. Berg, 43, a mountain guide from Boulder, Colo., climbed all night and reached the summit midmorning. His base camp reported the weather was so clear that Berg spent two hours on the summit — an exceptionally long time. T INDONESIA People prevail? Citizens' resolve may yield Suharto's resignation By GEOFF SPENCER The Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia's besieged president stood silent Wednesday behind a shield of tanks and troops while student protesters ran wild in the halls of parliament. Washington hinted he should quit and hundreds of thousands rallied across the country hi an unprecedented demand for his ouster. The opposition and a leading newspaper said Suharto would step down as early as today, handing power temporarily to his vice president. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright urged Suharto to "preserve his legacy" by providing for a democratic transition after 32 years in control. In Jakarta, the military closed down the city with barbed-wire barricades, heavy armor and platoons of soldiers, forcing the cancellation of what was to be a 1 million-strong protest in a park outside Suharto's palace. Blocked in the capital, unprecedented anti-Suharto protests succeeded in at least a half-dozen other cities and towns. In one site alone, Suharto's hometown of Yogyakarta, police estimated the turnout at 250,000 people; witnesses said it was twice that. At parliament, students occupied the marble buildings for a third day, their numbers swelling to 10,000. Protesters dragged an effigy of Suharto through the crowd of jeering young people, whose protest — unhindered by the military — took on the mood of a wild party. Students danced in the main assembly hall. Others climbed the roof or broke into offices, folding official papers into paper airplanes and sailing them off balconies. "Freedom!" some yelled. "Hang Suharto!" others shouted. The elation only built after news of Albright's remarks — the United States' strongest hint yet that Suharto should heed what have been months of growing demands for his resignation. The Associated Press After a day of peaceful protests at the Indonesian Parliament House, students leaving the grounds Wednesday high-five army soldiers who kept vigil on the streets of Jakarta. "We want support from the international community for the student struggle to set up a new and clean government," said one protester, Budiman Muhammad, a 24-year-old law student. Albright, speaking in New London, Conn., called it "an opportunity for a historic act of statesmanship." As the protests raged, opposition leader Amien Rais said Suharto would resign soon — likely today. He quoted government sources as saying a transition government would be set up, headed by Vice President Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, to prepare for parliamentary elections within six months. "It is time for us to say goodbye to our national leader who for 32 years has ruled this country," Rais said. 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The paintings are too famous to sell, so art experts and authorities said Tuesday night's robbery at the National Gallery of Modern Art probably was commissioned by a private collector or carried out by someone seeking a ransom. Gen. Roberto Conforti, who leads the paramilitary police art theft squad, said investigators were looking, in to a telephone call Wednesday to an Italian news agency by a man claiming to have the three paintings. "We will let you know the conditions, political as well, to have the Van Goghs and the Cezanne back," a male caller was quoted as telling the Adn Kronos news agency. Later, the ANSA news agency in Bologna reported receiving a claim of responsibility from a group that calls itself the Armed Phalanx. Some Italian art experts estimat- The Associated Press Vincent van Gogh's "L'Arlesii- enne" was among three paintings stolen Tuesday from the Italian National Gallery of Modern Art. ed the total worth of the paintings, stolen in their frames, at about $30 million. Others insisted the works had no price tag, especially for the value to art history. The thieves struck Tuesday shortly after 10 p.m., the gallery's new, late closing time. The three museum guards said the bandits wore socks — but no shoes — to muffle the sound of their steps. Saudi king frees British nurses By The Associated Press DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia — King Fahd on Wednesday freed two British nurses, one who had faced beheading and the other an eight- year prison sentence, for murdering an Australian colleague. The Saudi king commuted the sentences of Deborah Parry, 39, and Lucille McLauchlan, 32, and ordered them released. Both had been detained at the Dammam Central Prison since their arrest in 1996. 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