The Californian from Temecula, California on September 12, 1991 · 10
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The Californian from Temecula, California · 10

Temecula, California
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Thursday, September 12, 1991
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A-10 The Californian Thursday, September 12, 1991 a world c Clashes kill six on eve of Yugoslav peace meet DUSAN STOJANOVICAWr iated Press BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -Ethnic violence killed at least seven people in Croatia on.. Wednesday, and as European-sponsored peace talks prepared to resume, Yugoslav leaders showed no sign they were willing to compromise. Stipe Mesic, the head of Yugoslavia's collective presidency, ordered the federal army to withdraw to its barracks within 48 hours, Croatia's HINA news agency reported. But previous orders by Mesic have been ignored. Serbia and its allies in the eight-member presidency have insisted that only the collective as a whole can give military commands, and the majority of the army's commanders are Serbs. In Strasbourg, France, the European Parliament urged the 12 EC nations to impose "the stron gest possible sanctions" on any Yugoslav republic that frustrates peace talks. The statement criticized Serbia and the federal army by name. European diplomats have supported Croatia's claims that the Serb-dominated army has helped the Serb rebels gain control over about a quarter of Croatian territory. The army claims it only intervenes to separate the warring Croats and Serbs. Wednesday's worst clashes were reported near a key bridge on the Adriatic coast, in the western Banija region, and in Slavonia, near the border with rival Serbia. The mortar attack on Maslen-icki bridge appeared to be an attempt by Serb fighters to cut off road access to the coastal port cities of Zadar and Split, as part of a strategy to partition Croatia. California woman scheduled to enter plea Oct 9: CHRISTIANSTED, U.S. Virgin Islands A California woman charged with multiple fraud counts following the mysterious 1986 disappearance of her millionaire husband in St. Croix is scheduled to plead guilty to seven conspiracy-related charges in federal court on Oct. 9. A calendar issued this week by the U.S. District Court states that Astarte Rice-Davis, 58, will enter the pleas before acting Chief U.S. District Judge Stanley Brotman. Rice-Davis gained national attention following the July 20, 1986 disappearance of common-law husband James Rice, a builder from California who moved here with her in 1984. Rice-Davis, who was sentenced in June to a three-year jail term in California for embezzlement, faced more 45 charges involving the alleged takeover of her husband's estate. Prosecutors alleged that she masterminded a scheme involving a forged will, the attempted embezzlement of $200,000 in certificates of deposit from a Houston bank and the illegal sale of Rice's possessions. Ten people die near Mount Pinatubo: san fernando, Philippines At least 10 more people have died as a result of the eruption of Mount Pinatubo, officials said Wednesday. The latest casualties bring the official estimate to over 600 dead from the 5,758-foot volcano, which began erupting last June after more than 600 years of dormancy. Seven children died from disease and dehydration at evacuation centers in Pampanga province in the past week, said Luisa David, a regional social services official. Three people drowned Tuesday when volcanic debris loosened by monsoon rains ravaged the nearby Zambales province, said the Regional Disaster Coordinating Center, based in Pampanga, 40 miles north of Manila. Georgian leader draws fire after less than 5 months in office: TBILISI, U.S.S.R. Georgian President Zviad Gamsakhurdia iii-i i iooks HKe a man who enjoys power. He wades into a crowd, his large head erect, gray hair in place. With arms raised, palms inward, he salutes his followers. Opponents like the comparison with Nicolae Ceausescu, the deposed Romanian dictator who amassed personal power, abhorred criticism, promoted yes-wen, raised a private army, and fell under the influence of a tough-minded wife. He dismissed criticism as baseless slurs by political parties and vested interests conspiring in a Kremlin plot. Again and again, he blamed i i . i i i tt tne political trouoie on enemies" of Georgia. Daily demonstrations by thousands of Georgians are part of the plot, he said. "Why should I resign because a thousand people demand it when I was elected by 2.5 million?" he said. AIDS worries prompt change in communion practice: DESANCON, France Protestant clergy in this southern city have changed the traditional communion rite because of parishioners' fears that drinking wine from a shared container might spread AIDS or other diseases. The Rev. Marc Weiss said Wednesday the governing council of the Reformed Church of France in Besancon decided to make the change as a precautionary step "because there isn't any absolute scientific certainty on the subject." Traditionally, bread and wine are passed out separately during communion. The wine is sipped from a common vessel, with the pastor wiping the rim between each communicant. Worshipers will now dip their piece of bread in the wine and consume them simultaneously. Five people killed by lightning in Kazakhstan: Moscow - Five people were killed by lightning Wednesday while working in a potato field in the Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan, Tass reported. A retired woman, her two adult daughters and two grandchildren were digging potatoes in the village of Pavlovka when a thunderstorm broke out, the Soviet news agency said. Witnesses said they covered themselves with wet potato sacks as protection from the rain, but were found dead several minutes later by a relative, Tass reported. Halfway point reported reached in snuffing Kuwait oil fires: KUWAIT CIT The halfway point was reached Tuesday in snuffing out Kuwait's oil inferno when a seven-man Canadian crew capped the 375th sabotaged oil well, an oil company spokesman said. Iraqi troops blew up the wells as U.S.-led forces drove them from Kuwait in late February after a seven-month occupation of the emirate. A news release from Kuwait Oil Co. spokesman Michael Kidder said a firefighting team from Safety Boss, a Canadian firm, flooded the blazing Burgan Field wellhead officially designated as BG41 with torrents of water. Crews then lowered a killing spool, or valve mechanism, onto the wellhead and bolted it in place, and step by step, the oil was cut off and the pipe sealed. Kuwait Oil marshaled nearly 9,000 workers from 32 countries to repair its oil fields. Of the emirate's 935 wells, 749 were damaged by the Iraqis, including more than 650 set ablaze or left gushing oil in the final weeks of the Gulf War. Vf v -. L ... A f . Zviad Gamsakhurdia ' till xCjf'f - '. , A , - ' .v'7vVv; i -i.-:- .a;- I f r 4 x , - a A ' -v , , " ' i X Dw& V V A SiVlvft ! . A A v A . C JWs ,1 .-Vf . ;! X v :, 1 s, A HUBERT WAGNERriP Associated Press Villagers leave Petrinja in Croatia across a destroyed bridge over river Petrinjicia Wednesday. The bridge was destroyed in a shellfire attack on Petrinja village during the fighting between Croatian National Guard and Serbian guerrillas. 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