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THE SALINA JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1996 CB BRIEFLY Turkish army kills 57 Kurdish guerrillas DIYARBAKIR, Turkey — The Turkish army, tracking Kurdish rebels along the Iraqi border, claimed to kill 57 guerrillas Tuesday. Forty-two guerrillas were killed in Hakkari province, bordering Iraq and Iran, a statement from the regional governor's office said. The troops killed 15 other rebels in clashes in the provinces of Bitlis, Diyarbakir and Tunceli, the statement said. The army, backed by helicopter gunships and warplanes, has stepped up its anti-guerrilla campaign before winter sets in. The offensive is also aimed at preventing infiltrations from Kurdish bases in northern Iraq. The guerrillas, who belong to the illegal Kurdistan Workers Party, have been fighting for autonomy in Turkey's southeast since 1984. Newspaper director killed in Algeria ALGIERS, Algeria — The head of an independent Algerian weekly was shot and killed Tuesday morning as he drove through downtown Algiers. Mokrane Amouri, 43, director of the Arab-language Ech-Chourouk, died after he was struck in the head by several bullets, said an editor of the newspaper. There was no claim of responsi- ! bility, but nearly 70 members of the Algerian news media have been killed by armed groups since an Islamic insurgency began four years ago. Militants have threatened journalists, intellectuals and others , they accuse of collaborating with the government. -Bystander rescues girl ' from subway tracks OSAKA, Japan — A waiting passenger leaped to rescue an unconscious high school girl from an approaching subway train after she fell to the tracks from a station platform. The 17-year-old girl, Rumiko Machida, was waiting for the .train Monday when she suddenly felt dizzy. She had studied late the previous night. She fell off the platform and onto the track, suffering head injuries, a police spokesman in Osaka said Tuesday. Toshio Yamauchi, 49, who had been standing nearby, jumped on to the tracks and pulled the unconscious girl to safety under the platform, said the spokesman. Alerted by Yamauchi's waving, the train driver stopped the train, the spokesman said. He said police would present Yamauchi with a letter of thanks. Lebanese population dips more than thought BEIRUT, Lebanon — The first .• Lebanese census since 1932 indicates the country's population : ,has declined further than estimated. Estimates in recent years have ranged from 3.5 million to 4 million. But according to newspaper reports Tuesday on figures released by the ministries of health and social affairs, the population is about 3.1 million. The lower figure reflects the 150,000 people killed in the 1975-90 civil war and the emigration of hundreds of thousands of Lebanese. The data were gathered over the past two years by census workers going door-to-door. Census workers did not tally information about religion, a touchy subject in Lebanon, which has 18 recognized religious groups. The census also did not count hundreds of thousands of non- Lebanese inhabitants, including an estimated 340,000 Palestinian refugees. French Communists say finance clean PARIS — French Communist leader Robert Hue declared his party's finances "absolutely transparent" Tuesday, a day after investigators said they were investigating him in an influence- peddling probe. *. "They're looking to shut down ~ a political party and a newspaper that denounce the reign of money ' over French society," Hue told radio France Info. Hue and his predecessor, Georges Marchais, were placed under formal investigation last '* week. On Monday, they went be' fore a Paris judge in charge of the " probe, which also targets the par- 1 ty newspaper, 1'Humanite. ! "There is evidence of a deliberate attack against the French Communist Party and its press," Hue said. Investigators contend the party used its influence in the transfer of nearly $2,6 million from state- owned construction giant Compagnie Generale des Eaux to about 70 communities with Communist mayors. From Wire Service Reports T POPE JOHN PAUL II Photos by The Associated Press Nuns and other well-wishers applaud Pope John Paul II as he leaves the hospital Tuesday. Back to work Pope leaves hospital a week after appendectomy By The Associated Press ROME — Waving to well- wishers and walking with a cane, Pope John Paul it left the hospital Tuesday as doctors pronounced him well-healed from surgery and cleared him to return to work. The pontiff, who had not been seen using a cane since mid- 1995, following hip-replacement surgery, returned to the Vatican exactly a week after his appendectomy. Doctors at Gemelli Polyclinic removed the stitches Tuesday and said the operation should end the pope's recurring bouts of fever, which they blamed on an inflamed appendix. Surgeon Francesco Crucitti said he advised the 76-year-old pope to go easy for the next couple of weeks at least and scheduled one final checkup at the Vatican. The pope embraced the doctor before getting into his limousine. "We only said, 'Get some rest,' " the surgeon said. Crucitti said the operation had gone well partially because the pope "has a very strong body." On Nov. 1, John Paul is to join priests from around the world for several days of Masses, receptions and other ceremonies to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. "Even if he isn't ready, he'll do it anyway," Crucitti joked, Pope John Paul II waves from his car Tuesday as he leaves the Gemelli Hospital a week after having an appendectomy. referring to the pope's eagerness to resume a grueling schedule. Dr. Corrado Manni, John Paul's anesthesiologist, said the pope showed no ill effects from the general anesthesia given during the 50-minute operation. Attilio Maseri, his cardiologist, said the pope was in better shape during this discharge than he had been after some previous hospital visits. In 1992, the pope had surgery to remove a bowel tumor the Vatican said was benign. Over the next two years, he had surgery for shoulder and hip in- juries suffered during falls at the Vatican. "The pope should try to go a little easy on himself," Manni said Tuesday. Hours before his expected checkout, the pope strode from his suite to a children's cancer ward to visit with the young patients, aged 4 months to 15 years, for about 20 minutes. Patients said the pope walked with a cane. "It was beautiful" to meet him, said Sonia loanna, 18, a day patient at the ward. "He wished all of us a speedy recovery and that we all go home soon." T BELGIUM MIDDLE EAST Hussein travels to West Bank Jordanian king hadn't been to area since losing it to Israel in '67 By The Associated Press JERICHO, West Bank — Jordan's King Hussein made his first visit to the West Bank on Tuesday since losing the territory to Israel in the 1967 Middle East War, and pledged support for Yasser Arafat. "My brother Arafat and I are a team," the Jordanian monarch said. With the historic visit — the first by an Arab leader to the autonomous enclave — Hussein also signaled his public acceptance of Palestinian rule in the West Bank and put more pressure on Israel to accelerate the pace of the peace process. "I am happy to be on Palestinian land," the monarch declared, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Arafat at a news conference in the West Bank town of Jericho. Both leaders wore checkered Arab headdresses. In a veiled warning to Israel, Hussein said he and Arafat would The Associated Press Jordan's King Hussein signaled his acceptance of Palestinian rule of the West Bank with Tuesday's visit. cooperate closely to ensure that the Jewish state's new hard-line government keeps promises made in peace agreements with the Palestinians. "I will do all I can to help complete the peace process," Hussein said. "God willing, we will see realization of the goal ... the establishment of an independent Palestinian state." Hussein and Arafat have had a troubled relationship. By letting the Palestinian leader play host Tuesday, Hussein was also tacitly acknowledging his role as a visitor to the West Bank, over which he once ruled. Israelis have been shocked in recent days at the harsh criticism of their government by Hussein, who has become one of Israel's closest friends since the two countries made peace in 1994. The unexpected royal trip comes at a critical stage in Israeli- Palestinian negotiations on an Israeli troop pullback from the West Bank town of Hebron. U.S. mediator Dennis Ross has been pressing the two sides to wrap up an agreement quickly, reportedly before the U.S. presidential elections on Nov. 5. Under the agreement between Israel's previous government and the Palestinians, Israeli troops were to have pulled out of 80 percent of Hebron, remaining only near Jewish settler enclaves. Judge's ouster of child-porn case protested Judge was popular for cracking down on rash of'child pornography By The Associated Press BRUSSELS, Belgium — Belgians blasted a courthouse with fire hoses, staged sit-ins and launched wildcat strikes Tuesday in spontaneous acts of outrage over the dismissal of a judge investigating a child-sex ring. Protesters demanded the reinstatement of Jean-Marc Connerotte, who was removed from the investigation by the Supreme Court. "He was the only person we trusted. The workers have no confidence in anyone else," said Hedwin De Clercq, a union representative who led a march on the Brussels Justice Palace by some 800 Volkswagen car factory workers. Strikes and demonstrations exploded across a nation disgusted with years of mismanagement of major criminal investigations — including the inquiry into a child pornography ring blamed for the deaths of four girls. The court ruled Monday that Con- nerotte compromised his impartiality by attending a fund-raising dinner in September for families of missing children. In Belgium, an investigating judge collects evidence and prepares it for trial. Connerotte became a national hero in August when he rescued two kidnapped girls and secured the arrest of Marc Dutroux, a convicted child-rapist who led investigators to the bodies of the four slain girls. The street protests gave credence to newspaper editorials warning the high court decision would wipe out any trust in the justice system that Connerotte had rebuilt with aggressive investigative work. "Like a magnet, this has attracted all the hidden anger of all Bel- T RUSSIA Yeltsin's surgery may be delayed By The Associated Press MOSCOW — President Boris Yeltsin is unlikely to undergo heart surgery soon because he is anemic and doctors have been unable to raise his hemoglobin count, a radio station said Tuesday. The Kremlin denied the report. The president's surgeon and the chief Kremlin doctor said Yeltsin's x !._ | TC i M treatment is on YtLIS » IN schedule and the bypass operation should go ahead in the next few weeks. "Preparations for the operation are going according to plan," said presidential spokesman Sergei Yastrzhembsky. "No one has said anything about changing the schedule." Yeltsin, 65, is staying at a government rest home outside Moscow while preparing for surgery. He initially said the operation would take place in September, but doctors decided to wait. They said Yeltsin's heart needed time to heal after a mild heart attack during the summer, and the president also had to recover from other problems, including internal bleeding that left him anemic. The Echo Moscow radio station, citing unidentified sources and doctors at the clinic where the surgery would be performed, said the president's hemoglobin count has remained low despite dosages of various drugs and vitamins. The Associated Press A demonstrator joins Tuesday's protest in front of Brussels' Justice Palace over the dismissal of Jean-Marc Connerotte from a child-pornography investigation. gians, anger because the rights of criminals are better protected than those of the victims," an editorial in the daily newspaper Het Volk said. Bus drivers blocked a courthouse in Antwerp, steel workers struck in Liege, and rail workers stopped all traffic on a busy Brussels intersection. Firefighters hosed down a Liege courthouse and blared their sirens in Dutroux's hometown of Charleroi. Sit-ins were staged in Brussels and Antwerp. Students in Kortrijk marched to the house of Justice Minister Stefaan De Clerck. Steelworkers put down tools and held a minute's silence outside the house near Charleroi where Dutroux hid kidnapped girls. Protesters expect the momentum will build for a mass demonstration Sunday in the capital to support the families of murdered and missing children. HELP US HELP OUR KIDS U We're rounding up boots, hats, gloves, coats, other clean used winter clothing and school supplies, to distribute to children at Sunset Elementary School who are in need. We urge you to deliver any winter apparel in good condition, and/or school supplies to... 600 S. Santa Fe sponsored by THE BANK OF TESCOTT 600 S. 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