Today's Story Line

Russia's lower house of parliament is expected to ratify Start II today, but will it be a triumphant end to superpower rivalry or an opening salvo in a fresh confrontation?.

China is pushing its model (one country; two systems) of a unified Korea . Quote of note: "The [Chinese] Communist Party still says communism is an unstoppable world trend," - Chinese scholar.

Serbia and Montenegro, which make up Yugoslavia, have been locked in a two-year standoff

Peru is headed for a runoff election .

Faye Bowers Deputy World editor

Reporters on the job..

* NORTH-SOUTH DIVIDE: The Monitor's Kevin Platt experienced firsthand the cultural differences between North and South Korea. "During a press conference called by South Korea's ambassador to Beijing this week, the envoy thanked Western reporters for attending, and his assistants handed out their business cards," Kevin says. "In sharp contrast, the North Korean ambassador to China rarely holds press meetings, and when he does, it is only with a short list of foreign reporters that are deemed the 'least hostile.' " The North's Embassy has such a fortresslike image, Kevin adds, that even Beijing residents walking in the area cross the street to avoid brushing too close.

* MARKED MAN: Fred Weir once accidentally drove into the area where Russia has its one antiballistic missile site. About six years ago, Fred and his wife were driving to a friend's dacha west of Moscow. "My wife, who's Russian, was driving, but our car has special license plates that identify it as a foreign journalist's vehicle," Fred says. "The military police stopped us, thoroughly reprimanded my wife for bringing a foreigner into this zone - it wasn't marked, as far as I could see - and forced us to detour 31 miles around."

Follow-up on monitor story..

* ATOMIC TEST AWARD: The residents of Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands finally have something to celebrate. As reported by the Monitor on Jan. 4, residents of Enewetak and three other contaminated atolls are seeking hundreds of millions in damages stemming from the US atomic testing program there in the 1940s and 1950s. On April 12, a special Marshallese court awarded Enewetak $325 million, according to their attorney, Davor Pevec. The problem: The US-provided fund for settling atomic claims is nearly exhausted. The Marshall Islands is expected to ask the US Congress to pay up. Additional awards for Bikini and other atolls are expected in the coming weeks.

Let us hear from you.

Mail to: One Norway Street, Boston, MA 02115 via e-mail: world@csmonitor.com

(c) Copyright 2000. The Christian Science Publishing Society

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK