The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 5, 1996 · Page 8
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 8

Salina, Kansas
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A8 .SATURDAY. OCTOBER 5, 1996 INTERNATIONAL THE SALINA JOURNAL V MIDDLE EAST Weekend talks bring tense calm Palestinians and Israelis tour friction points and try to prevent hostilities By The Associated Press JERUSALEM — Patrolling together toward peace, Israelis and Palestinians forced a tense lull across the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Friday despite calls by Muslim militants for protest marches after noon prayers. In Hebron, the last major West Bank city under Israeli occupation, Israeli soldiers and plainclothes Palestinian agents monitored a week-old curfew that has kept its Arab residents indoors most of the day. In Gaza, Israeli and Palestinian security officers toured friction points and devised ways to prevent more hostilities. At Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque, the site of deadly clashes last week, Palestinian clerics pleaded with dozens of youths to quit throwing stones at Israeli police. "We don't want to give the aggressors a chance to close the mosque. Please go home quietly," prayer leader Mohammed Hussein said over a loudspeaker after noon prayers at Islam's third-holiest shrine. Since their Washington summit, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have tried to reduce tensions from last week's gun battles between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian police. That fighting killed 59 Palestinians, 16 Israelis and three Egyptians. Both sides were keen to resume negotiations Sunday in an atmosphere of calm. Israeli police ringing the Al Aqsa compound did not react to the stone-throwers, and only asked Jewish worshipers to step back from the Western Wall running beneath the mosque. The Jerusalem police commander, Arieh Amit, said his men were under orders to show restraint. "For Sunday's talks to begin well... we needed to do everything in order that the prayers finish peacefully," Amit told Israel radio. A day earlier, the Islamic militant group Hamas distributed leaflets in Jerusalem telling followers to confront Israeli soldiers after Friday prayers to show their opposition to the talks. The Associated Press An Israeli soldier prays in front of a tank with the barrel facing the Palestinian-controlled town of Bethlehem on Friday. T UNITED KINGDOM Britain probes its Gulf War veterans Pesticide poisoning suspected as playing a role in British soldiers' sicknesses By The Associated Press LONDON — Britain is investigating whether pesticide poisoning played a role in the memory loss, achiness, diarrhea and other symptoms now plaguing Persian Gulf War veterans, the Ministry of Defense said Friday. Armed Forces Minister Nicholas Soames said new evidence that greater quantities of pesticides were used in the conflict than previously thought "may possibly be a clue to the conditions that some Gulf War veterans have suffered from." "It will be investigated fully and with the utmost care," he said in a letter to Michael Colvin, chairman of the House of Commons Defense Committee. Since 1991, American and British veterans of the Gulf War have complained of symptoms that also include lethargy, numbness and sleep disturbances. Veterans' associations have reported a high number of children born to Gulf War veterans suffer disabilities. Ministry of Defense doctors are urgently re-examining the medical records of some 750 veterans who say they have become sick from something they were exposed to in the war. The veterans accepted the government's offer of a physical examination, he said. But only a handful of veterans are likely to have been affected by pesticides, said a Ministry of Defense spokesman, T CZECH REPUBLIC speaking on the condition of anonymity. Investigations are focusing on environmental health staff from the army medical corps and a small number of navy personnel who actually administered the pesticides in spray and powder forms to kill insects and protect against disease, the spokesman said. The Clinton administration has ordered an investigation into a new disclosure that U.S. soldiers may have been exposed to deadly sarin nerve gas. Nevertheless, the British and U.S. governments have said there is no evidence of the existence of a unique, previously unknown illness, despite the fact that veterans and some media have dubbed the symptoms "Gulf War Syndrome." Vaclav Havel still the philosopher-president JZZZZZZZZZ M H M M M M :ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ2 Playwright who led a fairy-tale revolution says he misses writing By The Associated Press PRAGUE, Czech Republic — Few Czechs can imagine replacing President Vaclav Havel, but the man who first won fame as a playwright misses writing and is considering stepping out of public life. At 60, Havel clearly still enjoys his role as spiritual leader of a country that radiates optimism born of a swift and successful break with communism. But in an Associated Press interview Friday, he made clear he hasn't decided whether to seek a second term in 1998. "If I ran, then the question is whether I would be elected," Havel said with unnecessary modesty while enjoying a beer and cigarette Friday in his study at Prague's magnificent Castle. Havel led a fairy-tale revolution in the fall of 1989 that ended 41 years of Communist rule. Since taking office in December 1989, in what then was Czechoslovakia, Havel's popularity ratings have never dipped below 66 percent. Havel, who planned to spend his 60th birthday Saturday with 600 friends in an all-night private bash, first came to fame in the 1960s as a playwright. In the 1970s, he became a dissident known for biting critiques of communism. Now he complains of having little time for personal writing. "I would very gladly write down my immediate and very authentic experiences only for myself as The Associated Press Czech President Vaclav Havel holds an honorary doctorate of the Academy of the Performing Arts that was conferred to him Friday In Prague. background material for future use, but unfortunately I have no time to do that," he said. "The only writing I get done are my official speeches." Under communism, eastern Europe produced writers, filmmakers and musicians who were adored at home and acclaimed abroad. Asked why the region has produced no comparable art since its artists helped overturn communism and won free expression, Havel said it takes tune for social upheavals to be reflected in writing. "Given the circumstances, I think we will probably have to wait a while for that kind of big literature," he said. M SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 Doors Open at 7 pm Show starts at 8 pm Women welcome after the show. $5 cover charge No membership required West State Street Road Jtzzzzzzzzzzzzrzzzrzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz: T RUSSIA Lebed a no-show for defense meeting Already tense relations with Yeltsin worsened by secretary's boycott By Scrlpps Howard News Service MOSCOW — The already tense relationship between President Boris Yeltsin and Alexander Lebed worsened Friday when the politically ambitious national security chief boycotted the first meeting of the defense council, which the Russian president established to reform the armed forces. Lebed, appointed in June to oversee military policy as secretary of the security council, appeared to take offense because this rival working group had been appointed to introduce a professional army by the end of the decade. The former general's aides did not explain why Lebed failed to attend Friday's meeting as one of the council's regular members, but added he was working on plans to cement the Chechen peace agreement. The defense council was fourid- ed by presidential decree in July and is nominally headed by the president. But Victor Cher- nomyrdin, prime minister, Friday chaired the meeting as Yeltsin remained hospitalized in advance of a heart bypass operation. There were unconfirmed reports Friday that Yeltsin had sacked several senior generals. On Thursday, Yeltsin met Lebed for the first time since the security chief signed an agreement with the Chechen separatists in August. Lebed's efforts to bring peace to the war-torn region were praised, but soon after Yeltsin slapped him down in a brief televised statement which said he had rejected the former general's offer to resign over differences about who should supervise military personnel policy. Yeltsin also pointedly instructed Lebed to work more closely with other members of the government. DICKINSON THEATRES Central Mall; I Frl. (*4:30)-7:00-9:30 Sat. (*2:00-*4:30)-7:00-9:30 1 Sun. (*2:00-*4:30)-7:00 Mon.-Thurs. (*5:00)-7:30 ' ^—*r- m ^r^^r FIRST WIVE m ad. Central Mall;/1 IFG1- Frl. (*4:40)-7:1 0-9:25 Sat. (*2:10-*4:40)-7:10-9:25 Sun.(*2:10-*4:40)-7:10 '' Mon.-Thur. (*5:10)-7:25 </»ir>l|l PICTURES Pres FIRST KID [[Central Mall, lMi-1!?*? SINBAD Frl.(M:45)-7:15-9:1B IEGJ Sat. C2:15-'4:45)-7:15-9:15 Sun.('2:16-'4:45)-7:15 _ Mon.-Thuf.('S!t5)-7:1S GWYNETH PALTROW Cupid Is Armed Tn Any JEFF DANIELS And Dangerous. ffM id-State /] Frl. C4:35)-7:05-9:25 Sat. 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Japanese health official arrested for HIV-tainted blood scandal By The Associated Press TOKYO — A former top health ministry official was arrested Friday for allowing unsanitized blood to be given to hemophiliacs, hundreds of whom later died from AIDS. Akihito M^tsumura's arrest is the latest development in a massive medical scandal that critics say grew out of collusion between ministry officials, doctors and drug companies. Among others who have been arrested so far are Dr. Takeshi Abe, a leading hemophilia specialist, and the current and former presidents of a major drug company. Matsumura, former chief of the Health and Welfare Ministry's blood products department, was arrested in connection with the death of two patients given untreated imported blood coagulants in 1985 and 1986, the Tokyo Public Prosecutors Office said. If convicted, the 55-year-old Matsumura faces up to five years in prison. Now Get A Little Creature With Every Comfort You Purchase. 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