South Korea to Outline Policy on North Korea
TODAY South Korea will officially spell out its future policy on the Stalinist North after the death of President Kim Il Sung, government sources and news reports said yesterday. Prime Minister Lee Yung Dug was due to hold a Cabinet meeting today, and local media said that after the meeting, the government would state its official position for the first time since Kim's death on July 8.
The Chosun Ilbo newspaper said the government would point out past atrocities committed by the North under Kim Il Sung, and would also deal with a proposed Korean summit, which the North suspended after Kim's death, and also confirm a ban on mourning visits by South Koreans to the North. Bangladeshi writer told to surrender
THE Bangladesh government has reaffirmed that feminist writer Taslima Nasreen must come out of hiding and surrender to a court if she wants legal protection against fundamentalists calling for her death.
``If Nasreen desired to give up, and she informed police about her decision, then the law-enforcing agents will give her all necessary protection, and no one threatening her life would be able to do anything,'' Works Minister Rafiqul Islam Miah told the British Broadcasting Corporation Friday night.
Mr. Miah was responding to Ms. Nasreen's appeal to the human rights group Amnesty International for help following death threats from Islamic militants who have accused her of insulting Islam. Afghan fighting resumes
FORCES loyal to Afghanistan's rebellious prime minister fired hundreds of rockets at the capital, leaving 11 people dead and 40 wounded, hospital officials said yesterday.
The rocket assault Saturday was the worst in weeks, they said.
Rebel Prime Minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and his Uzbek ally, Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, have attempted to unseat their rival, President Burhanuddin Rabbani, for months.
The capital of Kabul, relatively untouched during much of the 14 years of Communist rule in Afghanistan, has been destroyed by bitter fighting between rival Islamic factions who inherited power from the Communists in 1992.
It is not clear what sparked Saturday's assault, but in the past few weeks President Rabbani's troops have reported some gains into Hekmatyar-controlled areas.