2 dead, 9 injured in allied attack on southern Iraq...

Foreign Digest

April 12, 1999

2 dead, 9 injured in allied attack on southern Iraq targets

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Allied planes struck civil and military targets in southern Iraq yesterday, killing two people and wounding nine others, the Iraqi military reported.

The U.S. Central Command confirmed that American planes had attacked Iraqi missile batteries 100 miles south of Baghdad, but gave no word of casualties.

The attacks were in retaliation for anti-aircraft fire and a surface-to-air missile attack on "coalition aircraft," the Central Command said in a statement from its headquarters in Florida.

Work-related deaths exceed 1 million, U.N. agency says

GENEVA -- More than a million people die every year around the world in work accidents or because of exposure to dangerous substances at their jobs, the International Labor Organization said today.

In a report to be presented at a global conference on work health and safety in Sao Paulo, Brazil, this week, the United Nations agency said more people were now dying this way than in road accidents, in war or from AIDS.

There were an average of 250 million work accidents annually, or 685,000 every day, according to the ILO.

Kurds' rebel leader wants cease-fire observed

ANKARA, Turkey -- Imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan has called on his fighters, who have stepped up violent attacks to avenge his capture, to observe a cease-fire, a newspaper reported yesterday.

In a letter published by the daily Evrensel, Ocalan called on his guerrillas of the Kurdistan Workers Party to maintain a cease-fire they announced in September.

His call came after his followers began a series of fatal attacks, including suicide bombings and arsons, across Turkey.

17 suspended, 1 arrested after train crash in Egypt

CAIRO, Egypt -- Authorities suspended 17 railway workers yesterday and police arrested the engineer of one of two trains that collided and caught fire in northern Egypt, killing three people.

Another 49 people were injured in the Saturday accident, which investigators blamed on several errors or failures: a telephone network linking rail stations was not working, one train did not have a signalman aboard as required in rural areas and a worker controlling track lights did not stop either train.

Rwanda's Hutu leader asks forgiveness for 1994 killings

KIGALI, Rwanda -- Rwanda's Hutu prime minister has asked that his party be forgiven for its role in the 1994 genocide, state-run Radio Rwanda reported.

Prime Minister Pierre-Celestin Rwigema asked Saturday that his Republican Democratic Movement be forgiven "for the divisive ideology of some of its leaders who led the 1994 genocide and massacres," the radio said.

At ceremonies last week commemorating the fifth anniversary of the genocide, President Pasteur Bizimungu called on Rwanda to unite in condemning the killings.

Loser in Nigeria election for president ends challenge

LAGOS, Nigeria -- The defeated candidate in Nigeria's February presidential election, Olu Falae, said yesterday he had given up his legal challenge of the vote.

Last Monday Falae lost his petition to the Court of Appeal challenging Olusegun Obasanjo's election on grounds of malpractice. His lawyer said he would not appeal to the Supreme Court.

Bomb in Uganda taxi station kills two, injures eight

KAMPALA, Uganda -- A bomb blast in a crowded taxi station in the Ugandan capital killed at least two people yesterday and injured eight others, government officials said.

The attack took place just 200 yards from another taxi station that was attacked Saturday.

Pub Date: 4/12/99

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