SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — Seoul students rally, allege U.S. plot in '49
Hundreds of students, shouting "Yankee go home," held rallies yesterday to protest alleged U.S. involvement in the assassination of a revered Korean patriot more than 40 years ago.
About 50 students delivered a letter to the U.S. Embassy demanding that Washington investigate and disclose details of the 1949 slaying of Kim Ku, who led opposition to Japanese colonial rule. An embassy spokesman declined comment.
Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry announced that it arrested three soldiers in connection with illegal military absentee balloting in last month's parliamentary elections.
It was the ministry's first acknowledgment of an opposition claim that some of 560,000 absentee ballots cast by soldiers in the March 24 elections were rigged or mishandled.
Free-trade accord for Europe advances
Negotiators for Europe's two major trade blocs initialed a free-trade accord yesterday after more than two years of talks to create a single European market from Iceland to Greece.
The European Economic Area would cover 380 million people in 19 West European nations who account for 43 percent of world trade.
Officials hope the agreement can be signed next month by the 12 European Community foreign ministers and their colleagues from the seven member states of the European Free Trade Association: Austria, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. National parliaments would then have to ratify it.
2 enter Labor contest to succeed Kinnock
John Smith, a Scottish lawyer from the right of Britain's FTC defeated Labor Party, and Bryan Gould, a self-proclaimed radical, yesterday announced their candidacies for the party leadership following the resignation of Neil Kinnock.
The Labor hierarchy set July 18 as the date for a special convention to choose a new leader for the party, which on April 9 lost to the Conservatives for a fourth straight time.
Mr. Smith, 53, the party finance spokesman, has the backing of big, moderate labor unions and is favored to win. Mr. Gould, 53, a former diplomat and Oxford-trained lawyer who was reared in New Zealand, appeared likely to draw support from the left of the party, suggesting that Labor's policies of higher taxes for the better-off were outdated.
Haitian ministers quit, radio stations report
Haiti's interior and defense ministers have resigned unexpectedly without giving any public explanation, Haitian radio stations reported yesterday.
The stations said Interior Minister Gracia Jean, a former colonel, quit after returning from a trip to the country's interior. No replacement was immediately appointed.
A high-ranking government official said there had been personality clashes between Defense Minister Ret. Col. Gracia Jean and Prime Minister Jean-Jacques Honorat. But the change also might indicate wavering support by the military for the interim government installed after the army ousted Haiti's president, the Rev. Jean-Bertrand Aristide, in September.
Prime minister fires official, assumes duties
Greek Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis took on an extra post as foreign minister yesterday after firing a one-time protege in a dispute over the Yugoslav republic of Macedonia.
Antonis Samaras was dismissed Monday after the prime minister accused him of following an independent, hard-line policy over the recognition of Macedonia as a new Balkan state.
Mr. Mitsotakis, 72, also asked Parliament for a confidence vote Monday in an apparent move to pre-empt an opposition challenge.
Winnie Mandela faces new allegations
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa
Police said yesterday that they were investigating new allegations of wrongdoing against Winnie Mandela made by her former supporters.
Police said in a release that the investigation involves possible charges of kidnapping and theft in September and November of 1988. Police gave no further details.
Mrs. Mandela denies committing any crimes. But her political career is in danger because of her legal problems and Monday's announcement that she and her husband, Nelson Mandela, president of the African National Congress, were separating.