The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 12, 1996 · Page 8
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A8 SATURDAY. OCTOBER 12, 1996 INTERNATIONAL THE SALINA JOURNAL V FRENCH CULTURE Pop literature French snatch up latest comic By MARILYN AUGUST The Associated Press PARIS — Watch out, Mickey! It may just be a comic book, but the new adventures of Asterix have hit French bookstores with all the impact of a national cultural event. Kids and adults alike, raised on the adventures of the diminutive Gallic hero and his sidekick, Obelix, snapped up copies Friday of "La Galere d'Obelix" (Obelix's Galley Ship). Some bookstores sold out. The Asterix cast of plucky characters are as familiar to French children as Mickey and Minnie. The sturdy warriors of ancient Gaul, who grin and quip their way through battles with hapless Roman invaders, are the heroes of TV cartoons, too. A live-action feature starring Gerard Depardieu is in the works. Recent polls show that Asterix is the best known character in Europe, beating Mickey Mouse and Belgium's Tintin. The new 48-page album ended a five-year silence by creator Albert Uderzo, the co-creator who had professed creative burnout. Demand for a comeback was overwhelming in a country where literature and comic books are both considered high art. France even boasts a comic book museum in Angouleme. "The New Asterix Has Arrived!" headlined the daily Le Parisien, a reference to the annual uncorking of Beaujolais wine. The new Asterix — the 30th in a series which began in 1959 — is filled with suspense and surprise as the Gallic duo again faces adversity in Roman times. The two take to the high seas, teaming up with a galley ship led by a square-jawed Greek fisherman named Spartakis with an striking resemblance to Kirk Douglas. The book, in fact, is co-dedicated to Douglas, who starred in the Hollywood classic "Spartacus." "I owe a lot to my movie memories," Uderzo told Le Parisien. "For (the new Asterix) it was obvious to me that Spartakis, the head of the revolting slaves, had to have the features of Kirk Douglas." American sales of Asterix books remain negligible, despite the series' enormous success elsewhere. The new book will sell in the United States under the name "The Adventures Of Asterix and Obelix On the Sea." Asterix is big business in France, including the Asterix theme park outside Paris that competes with Disneyland Paris. The new comic book sells for $10. The Associated Press Americans Samuel and Alexandra Ewenczyk, living in France, read the latest comic book of Asterix "Obelix's Galley Ship" Friday in Paris. Kids and adults snapped up copies of the continuing adventures of the Gallic hero and his sidekick Obelix. T BOSNIA Tensions over Serbs pick up in 2 incidents T ISRAEL Israeli, Palestinian chiefs tour Hebron Israelis want to replace accord with one more favorable to Jewish minority in the city By The Associated Press HEBRON, West Bank — Israeli and Palestinian security chiefs toured the West Bank city of Hebron together Friday to get a closer look at the problems standing in the way of an Israeli troop withdrawal. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to conclude a deal on Hebron as quickly as possible, said his spokesman, David Bar-Illan. The Haaretz daily newspaper said Israel hoped to reach a deal before the U.S. elections in November, but Bar-Illan denied the U.S. vote was a factor. Haaretz said a tentative date for redeployment had already been decided on, and President Clinton's Middle East coordinator, Dennis Ross, and T SOUTH AFRICA Palestinian negotiators had been informed. Ne- tanyahu's office denied a date was set. In Hebron, senior security officials from both sides toured the city Friday in an old, unmarked white van. The three men — the Pales tinians' Jibril Rajoub and Mohammed Dahlan and Israel's Maj. Gen. Shaul Mofaz — dodged reporters trying to follow them. The tour included visits to two hilltops that overlook 'Jewish enclaves in downtown Hebron. About 450 Jewish settlers live in Hebron, amid 94,000 Palestinians. Israel is trying to negotiate better security arrangements for the settlers, and has insisted on changes in the agreement the Palestinians had worked out with Israel's previous government. Under the initial accord, Israeli troops were to leave 80 percent of Hebron and only stay in the downtown area where the settlers live. Israel now wants its troops to remain on hilltops overlooking the settler areas, and to enter Palestinian-controlled areas in pursuit of Palestinian suspects. In a third demand, Israel wants Palestinian police to be armed only with pistols, not rifles. Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said he was doubtful an agreement could be reached soon, saying Israel's demands were tantamount to renegotiating the terms of redeployment. Arafat has said he was willing to discuss minor changes in implementation, but would not start negotiations from scratch. However, Rajoub, Arafat's West Bank security chief, was more optimistic Friday. "I am sure that both of us will soon reach an agreement," Rajoub told Israel army radio. Haaretz said Israel had informed Arafat it hoped to complete the negotiations on a Hebron troop withdrawal before the U.S. presidential elections. Haaretz said Arafat agreed. Netanyahu apparently is concerned that after the U.S. vote, Israel will face greater pressure from a re-elected President Clinton to implement the peace agreements. U.S. Army officer confronted; Muslims surround Russians By The Associated Press TUZLA, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Bosnian Serb police turned their guns on a U.S. Army liaison officer Friday, and Muslim villagers surrounded two dozen Russian peacekeepers as tempers flared in Serb-controlled territory. Maj. John Kershaw, a U.S. liaison officer attached to the Russian brigade, was inspecting three Muslim homes damaged by explosions near the village of Jusici when he was confronted by 10 Bosnian Serb policemen armed with automatic weapons. Kershaw and Russian soldiers with him tried to intervene as the policemen arrested three Muslim men. One of the policemen leveled an AK-47 assault rifle at the major's midsection from about 10 feet away. Kershaw and the Russians decided it was pointless to provoke a Shootout and backed off, said Lt. Col. Jill Morgenthaler, a spokeswoman for the peacekeeping forces in northern Bosnia. The automatic weapons carried by the police violated the Dayton peace accords. Jusici, 20 miles east of Tuzla, lies on the Serb side of the Bosnian war's former front line and within a zone where only NATO-led peace troops may carry such weapons. Maj. Simon Haselock, a spokesman for the peace force in Sarajevo, said the police would be expected to surrender the weapons and deliver a formal Pope eats solid food; recovery progresses By The Associated Press ROME — Pope John Paul II took short walks Friday and ate his first solid food since undergoing an appendectomy three days ago. The 76-year-old pontiff has no stomach pains and his intestinal functions are working normally, according to a medical statement. apology over the incident. He also served notice that the peacekeepers have the right to use "lethal force" to defend themselves. Dragan Kijac, chief of the Bosnian Serb police, said he had no information about threats to an American officer. He said there was an explosion early Friday in Jusici. He sent about 50 police officers to investigate, and they found knives, hand grenades and tear gas on three Muslims, he said. In a separate incident Friday, Muslims surrounded a group of Russian troops in the nearby town of Zvornik. The Russian soldiers cocked and aimed their weapons at the Muslims, but no one was hurt. The Muslims were demanding the release of two men who were arrested by Bosnian Serb police Friday in Jusici. There have been several clashes involving Bosnian Serbs and Muslims who are trying to return to their villages in Serb territory. The Dayton peace accord guarantees that Bosnians may return to their prewar homes. Explosions damaged several homes in Jusici and two other villages on Thursday. No injuries were reported. Another blast occurred in Jusi- ci Friday morning, Kijac said. Bosnian Serb leader Biljana Plavsic warned Friday that problems involving returning Muslims could jeopardize local elections scheduled for Nov. 23-24. Serbs were accused of trying to frighten Muslims and Croats from returning to the former homes in Serb territory for Bosnia's national elections last month. SalinaAppliance Showroom 740 N. Ninth, Salina • (913) 827-1420 Apartheid enforcer goes free By The Associated Press DURBAN, South Africa — With the simple words, "All accused are not guilty," a judge acquitted one of the apartheid regime's most feared leaders Friday of murder and conspiracy — and exposed anew South Africa's deep racial divisions. The acquittal of former Defense Minister Magnus Malan and 15 others accused of slaughtering op- MALAN ponents of white rule brought angry protests from many blacks and reopened the debate on how to best uncover apartheid-era crimes. "South African law has been like this and it's always going to be like this. Murderers go free," said Mbusi Ntuli, whose father and three sisters died in a hail of automatic weapons fire at the home of his brother, an antiapartheid activist. They were among 13 people who died in a 1987 massacre in the KwaMakutha township. The attack — part of Malan's so-called "total onslaught" campaign against anti-apartheid groups — was the centerpiece of the prosecution's case. But Supreme Court Justice Jan Hugo, reading his ruling over two days, said there was insufficient evidence to prove the 16 defendants planned and took part in the attack. Hugo also rejected the testimony of three alleged accomplices who turned state's witnesses, calling them liars and refusing to grant them immunity from prosecution for their evidence. President Nelson Mandela moved to head off black fury Friday, promising those guilty of the KwaMakutha killings would face justice. Yeltsin takes to airwaves to show he's still in charge By The Associated Press MOSCOW — President Boris Yeltsin, taking to the airwaves to show that he remains in control despite health problems, promised Friday to crack down on tax evaders to remedy the country's financial crisis. Speaking in a clear, measured tone, Yeltsin said Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin will head a commission to enforce tax laws. "Everybody will pay taxes and there will be no exceptions," he said during the seven-minute speech. It was Yeltsin's second radio broadcast since he began to prepare for heart bypass surgery. Taxpayers owe the federal and local governments $27 billion. MISS AMERICA HOMECOMING CELEBRATION PRATT, KANSAS ~ FRIDAY/SATURDAY ~ OCT. 18-19 Miss America 1997 Tara Dawn Holland Friday, October 18 - Miss America Luncheon Pratt Municipal Auditorium ~ 12:00 noon ~ Ticket Required $15.00 ~ Catered by Larkspur Restaurant of Old Town, Wichita Saturday, October 19 - Miss America Parade Downtown Pratt ~ 10:30 am ~ Everyone Welcome! Saturday, October 19 • Miss America Banquet Pratt Municipal Auditorium 6:00 pm ~ Ticket Required $25.00 Ticket Order Form: Miss America Luncheon (Oct. 18) $15.00 Ticket Deadline • October 14 Miss America Banquet (Oct. 19) - $25.00 Ticket Deadline - October 14 Miss America Gala (Oct. 19) - $10.00 Mail Order Ticket Deadline - October 14 Will Call Thereafter (316) 672-5168 Add $1.00 for postage/handling Total Enclosed: $ Method of Payment: Check/M.O.. Credit Card#: -VISA MasterCard Exp. Date:. Mailing Address: Phone: Send by Oct. 14 to: Miss America Homecoming Tickets c/o Miss Kansas Organization Saturday, October 19 - Miss America Gala Performance BOX 8611 Pratt Community College p ratt Kg $7124 9:00 pm ~ Ticket Required $10.00 SS2S2& United States COUNTRY CURRENT Country'Bluegr ass Group Nov. 7 7:3O p.m. Sam's Doc .m. __ _ Limited Seating Available L i eu tenant Commander John R. Pastin, USN Officer in Charge/Leader y y. Contemporary Country's newest and hottest music is featured throughout the concert, with hit songs by George Strait, John Michael Montgomery, Ricky Skaggs, Alan Jackson and many others. Country Classics Senior Chief Musician Robert Sullivan and Chief Musician Wayne Taylor bring back the old favorites by Hank Williams and Eddy Arnold. Bluegrass Hot pickin', foot tappin', and sweet harmony singin' are featured in this all-acoustic set. For free tickets come by The Salina Journal or mail a self addressed, stamped envelope with a request for number of tickets, to: The Salina Journal c/o The Navy Band 333 South 4th / Salina, KS 67401 Sponsored by: The Salina Journal / Co. Sponsored by: Pronto Print

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