U.S. official asks Bosnian Serbs to oust leader...

Foreign Digest

April 14, 1996

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM — U.S. official asks Bosnian Serbs to oust leader, commander

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The United States appealed to the Serb people yesterday to remove from power hard-line Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and army commander Ratko Mladic.

"We all agree that it is imperative that they not remain in power," Deputy U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers said at the end of a 55-nation aid conference on Bosnia. "People will see that the course their leaders are following will have very adverse consequences."

Hard-liners led by Dr. Karadzic forced Bosnian Serbs to declare a boycott of the aid meeting that raised $1.23 billion for Bosnia.

Chinese leader signs $1.5 billion deal in France

TOULOUSE, France

TOULOUSE, France -- Chinese Prime Minister Li Peng, ending a controversial visit to France, toured the Airbus plane factory in Toulouse yesterday, welcomed by the company that sold him 30 jets and booed by human rights activists.

Mr. Li, ending a five-day trip, flew into the city after signing a $1.5 billion contract to buy Airbus Industrie passenger planes.

In a slap at the United States, which has accused China of menacing Taiwan, Mr. Li charged that Washington was blocking Beijing's entry into the World Trade Organization and threatened to take more of his business to non-U.S. firms.

Court denies British bid to extradite bomb suspect

DUBLIN, Ireland

DUBLIN, Ireland -- An Irish court threw out a British bid to extradite a suspected Irish Republican Army bomber yesterday, saying documents supplied by London police were flawed.

Britain was seeking the extradition of Anthony Duncan, 26, in connection with a bicycle-bombing campaign in southern England two years ago. Explosives were packed into the frames of bicycles.No one was injured in the blasts.

Mr. Duncan was arrested in Dublin Thursday under Irish counterinsurgency laws and was questioned about offenses within Ireland as well as in Britain.

Jordanian, U.S. planes begin joint military exercises

AMMAN, Jordan

AMMAN, Jordan -- Jordanian and United States' warplanes began joint military training exercises yesterday, but authorities declined to say whether the U.S. planes had begun sorties over southern Iraq.

These sorties are one reason for the U.S. military presence in Jordan, which U.S. and Jordanian officials stressed would last only until June. The United States has sent 34 warplanes and 1,100 troops to Jordan, the biggest deployment of U.S. firepower ever seen in the country.

Billionaires fill England's top 10 list

LONDON

LONDON -- Britain's super-rich are getting richer, with billionaires filling the top 10 places in the nation's wealth league for the first time in five years.

The annual Sunday Times survey again named Tetrapack packaging king Hans Rausing Britain's wealthiest, man with a fortune put at $4.24 billion.

Queen Elizabeth retained her place as Britain's wealthiest woman, with a personal fortune estimated at $681 million.

Muslim militants sentenced to death in absentia

PARIS

PARIS -- An Algerian court sentenced 16 Muslim militants to death in absentia yesterday for killings and for belonging to an armed group, the official Algerian news agency APS said.

More than 1,000 Muslim militants have been sentenced to death, mostly in absentia, by special courts set up in 1993 to combat Muslim guerrillas battling the Algerian government.

Pub Date: 4/15/96

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