The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 2, 1997 · Page 3
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THE SALINA JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL FRIDAY, MAY 2, 1997 A3 BRIEFLY T BRITISH ELECTIONS Zaire summit up in air; refugees flown home KINSHASA. Zaire — Without explanation, President Mobutu Sese Seko failed to show up Thursday for a flight to talks with the rebel leader who has seized half his country. Mediators and Zairian officials insisted the meeting is still on, but it might be delayed. It was not the first time Mobutu has hedged on attending talks, which mediators hope will lead to his peaceful resignation. For the past week, he has committed to meet Laurent Kabila and then reneged. KABILA As diplomats scurried to keep the meeting on track, aid workers in northeastern Zaire flew more than 1,500 Rwandan refugees home Thursday and reports emerged that troops and tanks from Angola were helping the rebels in their march toward Kinshasa, the capital. Widerberg, three-time Oscar nominee, dead STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Bo Widerberg, a leading figure in Swedish cinema who directed 1967's acclaimed movie "Elvira Madigan" and three Academy Award-nominated films, died Thursday at age 66. Widerberg died in a hospital in Angelholm in southern Sweden of ~aircmspecified long illness", the Swedish news agency TT said. His most recent Oscar nomination was in 1996, for "All Things Fair" as best foreign film. The movie recounts an intense relationship between a 15-year-old high school student — played by Widerberg's son Johan — and his 37~year-old female teacher. But he is best known around the world for "Elvira Madigan," about the tragic romance between a young Danish tightrope-walker and a Swedish lieutenant. The was popular for its passion and for its use of classical music, including Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 which is now widely called "the Elvira Madigan theme." Accord on expanding NATO remains elusive MOSCOW — President Boris Yeltsin urged the Clinton administration Thursday to give "concrete meaning" to pledges by the United States and NATO not to threaten Russia with its planned expansion to Russia's western border. The administration signaled back that room for bargaining remains before President Clinton and leaders of the 15 other NATO countries meet in July and invite former allies of Russia to join the alliance. Much of the negotiating until then will be in the European mini- state and NATO member Luxembourg, where Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov and NATO Secretary General Javier Solana meet next week; and neutral Austria's capital Vienna. American worker dies at base in Antarctica SYDNEY, Australia — As winter darkness settles over Antarctica, American researchers in isolated McMurdo Station mourned a colleague who died of heart failure Thursday — two days before an attempt to fly him out. Researcher Charles Gallagher, 50, had suffered for days from pneumonia, dehydration and fluid buildup around his heart, McMurdo staff told The Associated Press via e-mail. Gallagher, a U.S. Navy retiree who was in charge of recreational activities at McMurdo, was the 48th American staffer to die in Antarctica since 1955. From Wire Service Reports Labor headed toward landslide victory Exit polls project Labor Party to take power with 47 percent of vote, 1st time in generation By MAUREEN JOHNSON The Associated Press LONDON — The Labor Party surged toward a landslide election victory Thursday night that would restore it to power for the first time in a generation and make 43-year- old Tony Blair the youngest British prime minister in 185 years. Moments after the polls closed, a BBC exit poll projected that Labor would take 47 percent of the vote, compared to just 29 percent for the Conservatives — the poorest Conservative showing since 1832. Independent Television News said its exit poll projected a huge Labor victory, with 159 more seats in the 659-seat House of Commons than any other party. That would mean a bigger Labor triumph than the one that swept Winston Churchill out of office in 1945. "It looks like we're going to win in very good fashion indeed," said Labor's deputy leader, John Prescott, savoring the first exit poll reports. Defense Secretary Michael Portillo refused to concede defeat on the basis of the exit polls, although he acknowledged that his party was hurt by internal squabbling. "I think what the party needs to reflect upon is that it has done itself no good by showing its divisions," he said. In power since Margaret Thatcher ousted the last Labor government in 1979, the Conservatives were battered by divisions over Britain's future role in Europe and a widespread sense they had simply been around too long. Blair and his party fought a disciplined, slick six-week campaign from the political center after dumping a raft of socialist policies and adopting the Conservatives' pro- business and low-tax policies. "We've got to get these Tories (Conservatives) out," said publisher Ian Walden, who voted in the comfortable market town of Saffron Walden, 35 miles from London. Police searched Britain's 45,000 polling stations following bomb hoaxes and small explosions by the Irish Republican Army during the campaign. Armed officers stood by as Blair voted near his home in Trimdon, 235 miles northeast of London. T FLOODING Analysis Photos by The Associated Press Britain's Labor Party leader Tony Blair and his wife, Cherie, prepare to cast their votes outside their local polling station in Trimdon, northeast England Thursday. He smiled broadly, but sounded cautious: "It depends on the people." In Northern Ireland, which will have 18 seats in the Commons, a series of bomb threats — believed to come from pro- British paramilitaries — closed roads and disrupted traffic in Belfast. Across Britain, voters turned out steadily in brilliant sunshine, and officials predicted a traditionally heavy turnout. In 1992, the turnout was 78 percent. Nearly 44 million people were eligible to vote, and more than 3,700 candidates ran. A party needs 330 seats for a parliamentary majority to form the next government. With most official results due early Friday, Major, 54, could be out of his official Downing Street residence by the end of day. Blair would be the youngest prime minister since the 42-year-old Lord Liverpool in 1812. Blair and his wife, Cherie, a lawyer, have three children. Better liked than his party, Major fought lonely campaign with personal pitches for trust By The Associated Press LONDON — Always better liked than his party, Prime Minister John Major tried sin- glehandedly to save the Conservatives and extend the party's 18-year rule. He scrapped TV campaign ads, instead making personal pitches to Britons to trust him one more time. He often seemed a lonely figure, battling on while pollsters gave the Labor Party record leads over the fractious Conservatives. "Don't take the risk. In one careless moment, don't throw our success away," Major, 54, said in a final campaign appeal. Voters, it appeared, weren't listening, with exit polls indicating Labor's Tony Blair winning big. Sympathizers said his luck was bad, others called it weakness. When the Conservatives ditched Margaret Thatcher in 1990, Major was viewed by many as the short-term compromise prime minister of a party needing peace. Instead, he led the Conservatives on election day. to their fourth successive national election victory in April 1992. His popularity rose and the "son of Thatcher" jibes faded. Then came Black Wednesday. On Sept. 16,1992, the government's policy of linking the pound to the German mark collapsed and sterling was ejected from Europe's currency-linking Exchange Rate Mechanism. The pound rallied and the economy revived, but Major never recovered. His slim parliamentary majority dwindled to nil and right-wing, anti-European Union rebels vilified him, even after he dared them to a leadership election in 1995 and won. Britain's Prime Minister John Major has a beer outside a pub Winnipeg waits for river's crest Residents wait anxiously; flooding likely to be minimal By JOHN MacDONALD The Associated Press WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Putting their faith in a hastily constructed dike south of the city, people waited anxiously for word Thursday that the bulging Red River had finally crested. The anxiety was relieved for many with news that, even if the dike broke, flooding in the city likely would be minimal. Winnipeg officials on Wednesday told some 10,000 people in riverfront businesses and homes to be prepared to evacuate on short notice if there were breaches in the temporary dike. On Thursday, that order was postponed. Mayor Susan Thompson said hydrologists now believe that even multiple breaches in the 25-mile earthen dike would not greatly increase the amount of water in the Red River, which cuts through Winnipeg. Thompson said she felt comfortable with the city's preparations. "I think the best way to describe today is it's a good, solid holding pattern that we're in," Thompson said. "There is a decidedly stronger confidence (because of) the better data that we have." Floodwaters from the Red, which flows north, have devastated communities in North Dakota in the worst flooding in the region's history. In Winnipeg, the river on Thursday afternoon was only a RE FASHIONS ONE OF THE BEST GROUPS THIS SEASON! NUNS ft KIDS 2501 Market Place 1 Block South of Magnolia & 9th (Across From Mid State Mali; Pmwul CLOSEDTUESDAY TO RESTOCK. OPEN 10AM WED. (SUN. 1 PM) Salina Board of Realtors Presents the SATURDAY May 17, 1997 Many prizes will be available! Register now for ring Scramble The Associated Press Volunteers form a line to sandbag a home in south Winnipeg, Canada, Thursday. 7 think the best way to describe today is it's a good, solid holding pattern that we're in." Susan Thompson Winnipeg mayor few inches shy of its predicted crest of 24.5 feet. It was expected to crest by nightfall. A huge, 30-year-old floodway built to divert much of the Red River east of the city was expected to spare most of Winnipeg from the flooding. But crews also quickly built a 25-mile dike southwest of town to stop a lake of water moving over land toward the city. Manitoba Premier Gary Filmon received a $25 million check from Canadian officials to help pay for the flood-protection efforts. Canada's chief election officer, Jean-Pierre Kingsley, toured the Winnipeg area Thursday to see the flooding. Kingsley said he wanted to meet with local election officials before deciding whether to recommend postponing a June 2 election for 10 parliamentary districts affected by flooding. The election would have to be rescheduled within six months. Filmon said he is confident Kingsley will recommend a postponement. Registration, Coffee & Rolls 8:00 am Putting Contest at 8:00 am 1:00 pm Lunch Provided. Shotgun Start 9:00 ain^ Entry fee: $140 per team (4 per team) Registration deadline, May 10, 1997. Salina Board of Realtors, 210 S. Ohio, Salina. 825-4607. Give Mom the gift that will bloom forever. Mother's Day is Sunday, May II. 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