CLINTON EXHORTS EASTERN EUROPE President Clinton yesterday exhorted Central and Eastern Europe to hold hard to democracy and warned against ``would-be dictators and fiery demagogues'' in both the East and West. Mr. Clinton, speaking to the Polish parliament in Warsaw, also pledged more than $200 million in United States help for Poland and said he would ask Congress for $100 million to bolster NATO's Partnership for Peace plan. He promised that the US and NATO would be there to support the new democracies and ensure their security. After a visit to Riga, Latvia, on Wednesday, Clinton made Poland the second stop on his four-nation trip. Later yesterday, he was to fly to Naples, Italy, for the annual economic summit of industrialized democracies and talks with Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Clinton also will visit Germany before returning home Tuesday.
Khmer Rouge outlawed
Cambodia's parliament voted unanimously yesterday to outlaw the Khmer Rouge, and the premier said the measure would weaken the guerrilla group that has been fighting successive governments for 15 years. ``It is time to give up,'' Premier Prince Norodom Ranariddh told the Khmer Rouge after the vote. He said Cambodia would ask countries like Thailand to arrest and return the guerrillas to Cambodia and also seize their assets. Georgia battles flood
Raging floodwaters turned towns into islands and have killed at least 18 people. About 500,000 people were left without safe drinking water yesterday. The flooding, caused by heavy rains from the remnants of Tropical Storm Alberto, forced hundreds of people from their homes, washed out roads and bridges, and sent flash floods racing across the sodden earth. Gov. Zell Miller declared 30 of the state's 159 counties disaster areas. Fatal Colorado wildfire
A swift wildfire in Colorado whipped by high winds roared over a steep mountainside, trapping 50 firefighters. Twelve were killed and two were missing yesterday. The firefighters were trapped Wednesday about 7,000 feet up the rugged slope of Storm King Mountain. Gov. Roy Romer called for an investigation of the disaster. About 7,000 firefighters were on the fire lines in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, and California. Aden reportedly falls
The southern stronghold of Aden fell yesterday to troops loyal to Yemen's northern president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, a government
The source said government forces were now in complete control of the city, the last bastion of southerners who have fought northern forces since May 4 in an effort to break away from a four-year-old North-South union. Record-smashing sprinter Kurdish rights
Turkish Prime Minister Tansu Ciller, signaling a shift in hard-liner policy against Turkey's Kurdish minority, reportedly has approved ethnic cultural and educational rights. She said the issue of using the Kurdish language in private education or private broadcasting will be on Turkey's agenda in the coming days. Turkey relaxed its ban on Kurdish in unofficial settings three years ago.