EL SALVADOR — Rebels charge pair with killing Americans
Salvadoran rebels admitted yesterday that their forces might have executed two U.S. servicemen aboard a helicopter they shot down last week, and they pledged to punish anyone found to be responsible.
The Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front said in a communique that two fighters had been arrested on suspicion of "having assassinated wounded prisoners." The FMLN said that shooting down the helicopter might have been justified, but shooting prisoners was not.
U.S. Embassy worker accused of spying
A deputy press officer for the U.S. Embassy office in East Berlin has been detained on suspicion of spying for the Soviet KGB, German authorities said yesterday.
Stephen Laufer, a South African national, was suspected of spying for the KGB from 1977 until the beginning of 1990. Before joining the embassy, Mr. Laufer had worked as a speech writer for former West Berlin Mayor Eberhard Diepgen for three years, the newspaper Bild said.
Lack of discipline blamed for traffic toll
The Soviet Union's top road police officer says lack of discipline by drivers was the main cause of road accidents that killed 56,165 people and injured 325,611 in the first 11 months of 1990.
Boris Koryakovtsev listed drunken driving, "massive overspeeding," driving in the oncoming lane and failing to stop at intersections as having caused most accidents.
Tank explosion kills 15 Soviet soldiers
A Soviet tank exploded in northern Czechoslovakia yesterday,killing 15 Soviet soldiers,the offical news agency CTK reported.
Unspecified ammunition exploded inside the tank,setting it on fire,the report said.The tank had been at the Soviet base at Bohosudov near Teplice,60 miles north of Prague.
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