The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 8, 2001 · Page 6
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AG SUNDAY. APRIL 8, 2001 WORLD THE SAUNA JOURNAL JBRIEFIY Arafat extends Passover greetings ; JERUSALEM — Yasser Arafat extended Passover greetings to Israelis and urged them to's'upport peace talks, Palestinian officials said Saturday, following a night of heavy Israeli- P§ilestinian gun battles in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Palestinian leader delivered the message in a phone call to the dovish Israeli opposition leader, Yossi Sarid. The weeklong Passover holiday, which commemorates the exodus of the ancient Israelites from slavery in Egypt, begins at sundown Saturday The holiday, a time of family gatherings and outings, has been marred by growing anxiety in Israel over daily threats by Islamic militants to carry out more bombings in Israeli cities. On Saturday, the Islamic Jihad group staged a memorial rally in the West Bank town of Nablus for lyad Hardan, a leading member who was killed Rwanda's president answers critics RUKUMBERI, Rwanda — In an unusually tough speech, President Paul Kagame on Saturday lashed out at countries demanding the tiny central African nation pull out its troops from neighboring Congo before receiving aid and debt reduction. Speaking during a ceremony remembering the more than 500,000 Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus slain during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Kagame angrily rejected accusations that Rwanda is using its presence in Congo to exploit the vast mineral wealth of Africa's third largest country Rwanda is marking seven years since the beginning of a 90-day genocide triggered by the mysterious shooting of the plane carrying Hutu President Juvenal Habyarimana on its approach to Kigali airport April 6,1994. Bosnian leader won't submit to 'mob rule' SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Bosnia's international administrator warned Croat separatists Saturday he will not submit to "mob rule" and rejected dialogue with hardliners threatening the breakup of his ethnically fragile country •Wolfgang Petritsch issued the warning following a day of widespread rioting in southwestern Bosnia-Herzegovina that erupted after NATO troops and U.N. police seized a bank used by the Croatian Democratic Union to finance its drive for a separate Croat state. Twenty-one peacekeepers were injured and several international organization staffers were beaten. A few employees of Petritsch's office were held hostage briefly, one threatened by death, according to Petritsch. From Wire Service Reports naro Clol"hln6 In. 110 S. SanUFe • Oowmtomi It's H'liith The Trill 3 "BIG & TALL' BEHIND CLOSED DOORS ADULT NOVELTIES VIDEOS » LOTIONS • MAGAZINES 11 am - 9 [im Mon. - Sw • t pm - 5 pm Sun. 1901 W. Grand • Salina • (785) 8Z3-1339 T PERU ELECTION Peru votes for change Election follows Fujimori's corrupt liold on country By MONTE HAYES The Associated Press LIMA, Peru — Having driven their last president from office, Peruvians are choosing a new one today from a field led by a one-time shoeshine boy who went to Harvard, the daughter of a former political prisoner and a disgraced ex-president returned from exile. Peruvians might have been expected to be celebrating the triumph of their democracy over the authoritarian Alberto Fujimori and the corruption that engulfed him. But many voters are not in a festive mood. "The candidates only promise and promise, and when they get into government they suffer from amnesia and do nothing for the poor That's why I'm going to leave my ballot blank. I'm fed up with politicians," said Sofia Mendoza, 54, a vegetable vendor at a street market. The strong favorite is Ale-. jandro Toledo, 55, a U.S.-educated economist who capitalizes on his background as one of 16 children born to a brick- The Associated Press A soldier stands guard on a polling station roof in Lima, Peru, Saturday, with presidential candidate Alejandro Toledo's poster in the foreground. layer in a remote Andean village. In a society traditionally dominated by descendants of Europeans, and for the past decade by Japanese-descended Fujimori, Toledo would be the first man with native Indian roots to be freely elected as president. But no one is expected to win 50 percent of the vote Sunday, meaning a runoff will be needed in late May or early June between the top two of eight candidates in the race. Lourdes Flores, 41, a conservative former congresswoman from Lima's white elite, was in a tight race for the second spot behind Toledo in opinion polls. Known for her honesty in a nation with a history of corrupt politicians, she is the first woman to make a serious run for the presidency Former President Alan Garcia, 51, a tall, charismatic populist who left Peru mired in surging guerrilla violence and 7,650 percent annual inflation, also has a good shot at the runoff Forced into exile two years after Fujimori was elected in 1990, he returned in January when corruption charges against him expired. • MEXICO Court tells city to get on with saving daylight Mexico City may try, but justices rule It can't refuse to spring ahead By The Associated Press MEXICO CITY — Mexico City is being ordered to fall back to the national line on springing ahead. The Supreme Court Friday ruled the capital city doesn't have the right to refuse to switch to daylight-saving time with the rest of the country in May It was a victory for President Vicente Fox's attempt to keep the country on the same clock. The debate was launched early this year when Mexico City's mayor, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, proposed to do away with daylight saving time. Lopez Obrador, a possible presidential candidate in 2006, had called daylight time a symbol of an overly powerful executive branch, saying Fox "does not have the power to change the hour" across the country. The leftist mayor decreed Mexico City simply would refuse to spring ahead — even if the federal government ordered schools, hospitals, airports and banks within the capital to operate an hour ahead, creating two different time zones within the city Imported in 1996 from the United States, the time chmige — ahead one hour in the spring, then back again in the fall — has yet to win the hearts and minds of Mexicans. Many feel it dis,- rupts their biological clocks. Others complain that it is difficult to get their children up in the dark of the morning or to put them to •bed when it's still light. One Agent - One Company for all your insurance. 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