The Sydney Morning Herald from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on August 29, 1986 · Page 8
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Page 8 - The Sydney Morning Herald, Friday, August 29, 1986 US freeze WASHINGTON, Thursday: In light of "hard evidence" that Colonel Gaddafi was plotting a new wave of terrorist attacks, the United States would seek allied commitments to freeze Libyan assets in Europe, ban the sale of high-technology oil equipment to Tripoli and reduce Western imports of Libyan oil, senior Administration officials said yesterday. The officials were concerned that the recent lull in Libyan-sponsored terrorist activity may tempt European oil companies to fill the gap created by the pull-out of US companies last June. The UN Ambassador, Mr Vernon Walters, would present the plans during his mission to Western European capitals beginning this weekend, they said. White House officials denied that recent speculation over another US military attack on Libya was designed to goad Colonel Gaddafi into an irrational response, paving the way for American retaliation. "Our goal is to prevent Gaddafi from doing things, not trying to provoke him," the White House spokesman, Mr Larry Speakes, said in Los Angeles, where President Reagan is on vacation. In the past month or so, said a senior Administration official ..V'A-.'.W.V.V V..-. ' ' :-xx--' j X x'.' .fx '-'. ? r . -. i f i "i fx. 2xS ' ".v "V ' ' v '1 ! ' ' . ... . - wants allies to Lilbvam Colonel Gaddafi ... a lull in terrorist activity. who spoke on the condition of anonymity, "there is hard evidence that the Libyan Government has been involved in planning and attempting to execute terrorist acts, that they have not been deterred in their goal of committing terrorist acts on a worldwide basis". However, this official and others refused to disclose any details on this evidence. "Until we've got the goods, we're not going to go public," one said. Administration officials believe 'Hi x5frA x.T: . - V - assets the recent lull in terrorist activity was a direct result of the US bombing raid on Libya last April. They hope to dissuade Colonel Gaddafi from carrying out further attacks by intensifying the economic pressure on him, focusing on oil. American and allied diplomats in Washington agreed that serious concern about the continuing Libyan terrorist threat has resulted in a new unity among the Western nations as they contemplate further action against the Libyan leader. "The fact that the Colonel (Gaddafi) has been reasonably quiet since April may have made people think that the US bombing was perhaps not all wrong," said one British diplomat. President Reagan, signing into law a measure to bolster security at US embassies, said today that terrorists would not deter the United States from its commitments around the world. The bill authorises SUS2.4 billion (SA3.95 billion) for the Department of State's security responsibilities. It provides for construction and renovation of embassies and consulates over a five-year period, and for increases in security staffs and communication facilities. Los Angeles Times, Associated Press ft':x - xxxx' s ft f r y I4Ii.hu l j Ptiil. win,, ujw.ipi mm uji jj. jp..ii.mwliwi'mWiii ..:i.f.:-:: : : : . . -f :: 3 ' ' ' ' :':v'-:v:-:v:::': .s : : : : . . . : : .M-.x-.'jt .'::'.:-'-!.::.'-. s!v -.::-:.:...!.:-': 1 x . , ' - , - ' . ' " ' ' t ::::;.:::;::::: 'y.:-.x-:' :-::::.-:: : - . . ' . - :v;v.:-.... - 'No need uk m raid LONDON, Thursday: Military necessity did not force the US President, Mr Reagan, to use British-based American aircraft in his April raid on Libya, a top defence expert said today. Captain John Moore of the Royal Navy, editor of Jane's Fighting Ships, dismissed as illogical the use of the F-l 1 1 planes to overcome an operational problem, saying the decision might have been taken for pplitical reasons to involve Britain. Captain Moore, in his foreword to the 1986-87 edition of Jane's. said pilots of the US naval aircraft on carriers off the Libyan coast at the time had shown their ability to operate with accuracy under all conditions of light. "It was, therefore, something of a surprise, once the authorities in Washington had decided to carry out raids on Libyan territory, when their choice fell on the Air Force F-l 1 1 force based in Great Britain," he added. He said the US aircraft would have had time for four strikes during the F-l 1 Is' outward flight from Britain. He added that their long flight which was stretched to 4,480 km after France and Spain refused overflight rights was more prone to detection. 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I...., mi, T..,...,,, ,,,,,.,. ..iii,-,,, ...ri.,- j Telecom Australia Better fbr Business USPTAT2027D tortured thousands of people. A spokesman for the West Berlin City Government, Mr Bernhard Schneider, said the building was heavily damaged in bombing raids near the end of World War II and officials decided to level the ruins for obvious reasons. A section of tiled basement wall was found by workmen cleaning up Aid9 and scientists, flow into Cameroon By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN YAOUNDE, Cameroon: International relief has begun flowing into the mountainous region of this small West African nation where an estimated 1,500 people died in a cloud of poisonous volcanic gas last week. A senior Western diplomat in Yaounde said yesterday that once all the promised aid reached the four afflicted villages it should be sufficient to meet the immediate needs of the 1,000 to 2,000 people made homeless. The few hundred injured when the gas descended on their villages, crops, livestock and water supplies last Thursday already appear to be well taken care of in Cameroon hospitals. Cameroon's President, Mr Paul Biya, announced yesterday the formation of a national disaster committee to match the various international offers of material and scientific aid to the needs of the survivors. The first members of an American team of pathologists and volcano experts have arrived in Cameroon. The European Community has sent blankets, medicine and food. Yesterday a team of French volcano experts headed for the disaster zone, where they will try to determine the origins of the eruption. Britain, the US, West Germany and Canada have sent money to buy food and other supplies. The 17 members of an Israeli medical team which arrived with the Prime Minister, Shimon Peres, on Monday are at Nkamba Hospital, 160 kilometres north-east of Lake Nios, where they will help treat the injured and study the long-term effects of their poisoning. The New York Times Brazil seeks a cure for By TONY NICHOLSON RIO DE JANEIRO, Thursday: "Crime is a disease I am the cure," says the blurb for Sylvester Stallone's latest film, Cobra, now showing in 65 cinemas in Brazil. But, instead of discouraging Brazilians from committing acts of violence, the film has had the opposite effect. In the northern city of Recife the audience wrecked a cinema and in Salvador a retired military policeman went berserk after a screening and shot and injured three people. Tally-ho! Gentry bay for Labour's blood LONDON, Thursday: British aristocrats and country gentry were baying for blood today after the opposition Labour Party announced plans to outlaw fox hunting. "This is quite unjustified meddling in the traditional way of life of the .British countryside," Mr Brian Toon, spokesman for The Masters of the Fox Hunts Association, said. A spokesman for the British Field Sports Society, Mr Peter Atkinson, accused Labour of waging old-fashioned class war. "For the Labour Parry this is a class issue because their image of hunting is of gentlemen in red coats and top hats, the colonel and the country squire," Mr Atkinson said. In a policy document on the environment and countryside, Labour yesterday pledged that if elected it would introduce legislation to abolish all hunts involving hounds This would put about 400 packs of fox hounds, beagles, bassets, harriers and business. Riding to hounds a sight described by Oscar Wilde as the "unspeakable in full uneatable" is the most popular of the hunting sports and has become part of the fabric of British country life. ' ' ! the refuse-strewn vacant lot in preparation for Berlin's 750th anniversary celebration next year. Mr Schneider said the anniversary planning commission may decide to preserve the relic of Gestapo headquarters as part of the city's history. Associated Press AiiPs nypociermi jab infects nurse BOSTON, Thursday: French doctors have reported another case of a hospital worker being infected with the AIDS virus after being accidentally jabbed with a needle. A nurse received a superficial injury to her finger when she recapped a needle that had been used to withdraw fluid from a patient with AIDS symptoms. Dr Eric Oksenhendler and colleagues from Saint-Louis Hospital, Paris, wrote to the New England Journal of Medicine saying the accident emphasised the need for strict precautions in handling needles and any body fluids from patients infected with AIDS. Accidental needle jabs are common in hospitals but experts believe that they rarely result in the spread of AIDS infections. Last April, the US Centres for Disease Control investigated 983 accidental exposures of health care workers to blood and other body fluids from AIDS patients. They found that two developed AIDS virus infections but only one clearly got it from a hospital accident. US efforts to save Chernobyl victims of little use: Soviets VIENNA, Thursday: Soviet medical authorities have concluded that the highly publicised efforts of American doctors to save the lives of radiation victims from Chernobyl with bone-marrow transplants, while well-intentioned, turned out to have only small practical value and may have hastened the death of two patients. This pessimistic view is contained in the official report the Soviet Government prepared on the April 26 Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident for the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. It says bone marrow transplants The incidents come at an awkward time for a Government in the midst of a nationwide campaign to curb violence. The Minister of Justice, Mr Paulo Brossard, made it clear this week that he wanted Cobra banned outright. "Sylvester Stallone is the disease. I have the cure," he said. And the Federal censors today gave the distributors of the film, Warner Brothers, 48 hours to make five cuts to the 65 prints now in circulation. Efforts to remove Cobra could be complicated by the fact a mm staghounds out of pursuit of the Reuter US to press traders for subsidy pact WASHINGTON, Thursday: The United States will urge its trading partners to negotiate a pact within two years to scale down farm subsidies, a senior Reagan Administration official said yesterday. The Under-Secretary of Agriculture, Mr Daniel Amstutz, said the US would urge a speeding-up of farm talks at a meeting in Uruguay next month to launch global trade negotiations. The meeting will be attended by ministers from 92 member countries of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GA I I ). Mr Amstutz said the US wanted global negotiations over agricultural trade to cover export subsidies, barriers to imports such as quotas, sanitary requirements on plants and animal product imports, as well as the process of settling trade disputes under GATT. "I think we can do it (reach agreement. I have no illusions about the difficulty of it, because you get into special interest areas in many countries," Mr Amstutz said. Thousands of tonnes of European Community steel exports are held up in US ports nearly two months after the two sides settled a row about community exports of the products, EC officials said in Brussels today. Reuter In the French case, the nurse developed antibodies to the AIDS virus about two months after the accident. She has not got AIDS and her husband remains free of the infection. Meanwhile in Budapest, a leading AIDS researcher. Professor Luc Montagnier of the Pasteur Institute in Paris said yesterday he was optimistic about finding a cure but it was at least five to 10 years away. "I am optimistic that before the year 2000 we will have a good cure for AIDS," he said. "Probably AIDS will be cured before cancer." Professor Montagnier, attending a congress of the International Union against Cancer, told a news conference that a study showed AIDS was not highly contagious. Apart from sexual contact, anyone had to come into contact with about a miliilitre of infected blood to be at risk. "Alcohol and smoking would probably increase the efficiency of the AIDS virus," he said. Associated Press, Reuter . proved feasible and appropriate for only 13 of 203 patients who were hospitalised for radiation sickness, and in these patients turned out to be "only moderately effective". O Swedish nuclear experts said today that a reactor in Soviet Lithuania is a greater hazard than Chernobyl. A study by the Swedish State Power Board showed that the Ignalina plant, built at a capacity of 1,009 megawatts, was being run at 1,500 megawatts. Changes made in the fuel elements would make it more difficult to ensure continuous cooling of the reactor core, they said. Los Aageles Times Cobra effec 4- that there are no laws providing for the banning of a film on the grounds of violence alone. Even the traditional reason sexual explicitness is rarely applied now and Brazil's new skin-flick industry is already booming. And in Rio, where 38 per cent of the population has been mugged at least once, there is a strong feeling that the police should do as Cobra does and rub out the criminals. "Banning it would be absurd," an office worker said. "The violence in the streets is far worse than anything in the film." sraiiirnsu 1 j? mnmm eft " r i n n (ft fr - f o Look in Herald Classifieds, Sydney's biggest general auctions listing. SSBSJF 553

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