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Iraqi travel ban tops U.S. demand
Threats of military consequences avoided
Declaring that Iraqi defiance has
reunited the Gulf War coalition,
U.S. and British diplomats asked the
Security Council on Tuesday to slap
a travel ban on Iraq and warn of
“further measures” unless it cooper
ates with U.N. arms inspectors.
But the resolution did not
include the threat of military force
should Iraq continue refusing to
rescind its Oct. 29 order to expel
American members of the U.N.
weapons inspection team.
The draft also omitted a warning
of “serious consequences” because
of opposition from the French and
U.S. Ambassador Bill
Richardson said the council would
vote on the resolution today and he
expected “near unanimity” among
the 15 council members.
“This resolution is going to be
passed tomorrow” Richardson said.
“And we think it sends an unmistak
able signal for Iraq to comply
Earlier, Richardson predicted a
unanimous vote. Diplomatic
sources said the lone holdout was
China, which said it needed to con
sult Chinese leaders before deciding
how to vote.
Council sources, speaking on
condition of anonymity, said several
members would try before the vote
to persuade the Iraqis to rescind the
decision against the Americans.
Britain’s acting U.N. ambas
sador, Stephen Gomersall, said
there were “diplomatic efforts by a
number of members of the council
with the Iraqi government at this
The resolution would ban Iraqi
officials who interfere with U.N.
inspectors from traveling abroad,
condemn Iraq for its expulsion of
American inspectors and suspend
further reviews of economic sanc
tions against Iraq until the inspec
tors certify that Baghdad is cooper
ating. The Security Council
imposed the sanctions in August
1990 after Iraq invaded neighboring
“The coalition has reunited
itself because of Iraqi behavior,”
Richardson said. “We believe that
there’s strong unanimity and con
sensus on the council that Iraq’s
behavior has been unacceptable.”
U.S. and British diplomats
worked throughout the day to polish
and sometimes weaken language in
hopes of a unanimous vote. The
French raised questions about the
timetable for reviewing Iraqi com
Threats of force were deleted
from the resolution in hopes of win
ning support from Russia, France,
China and other nations anxious to
resume lucrative trade links with
Iraq once sanctions are lifted.
Egypt insisted on language
affirming the territorial integrity
and independence of Iraq, which
was inserted into the final draft.
Iraq issued its order to expel
American inspectors after five
council members - France, Russia,
China, Egypt and Kenya - abstained
on a resolution last month threaten
ing a travel ban.
U.S. and British diplomats
believe Iraqi President Saddam
Hussein saw the abstentions as a
sign of divisions on the council and
sought to exploit them by moving
against the American inspectors.
bcuba diver sustains
shark bite, 20 stitches
PERTH, Australia (AP) — A
scuba diver needed 20 stitches but
escaped with his life after a head-on
encounter with a great white shark in
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; ond attack in the areain|5^3S*k^A
Kevin Hulkes said a Sfeirk attacked
him Sunday while he was 120 feet
underwater off the town of Albany in
Western Australia state, an area in
which he said he had been diving for
20 years.
Hulkes, a 42-year-old mechanic,
escaped by charging the 18-foot shark
with a hand-held, battery-powered pro
peller known as a scooter and striking
the shark on the nose.
Hulkes said the shark surprised
him by taking his 3-foot-long bright
yellow' propeller in its jaws. The shark’s
teeth gashed his left arm as it passed,
leaving a wound requiring 20 stitches/
“There was this massive bump. I
thought maybe it was a seal or a dol
phin,” Hulkes said Tuesday. “Then_L
saw it; it was almost as big as a school
When he saw the shark swimming
back toward him, Hulkes used the
scooter to drive into the shark’s nose,
then made for the surface.
... Then I saw it; it
almost as big as
a school bus”
Kevin Hulkes
scuba diver
“If it wasn’t for the scooter, I sup
pose I’d be dead,” he said.
His haste to get out of the water
created the danger of decompression
sickness, so his diving partner, who
was waiting in the boat, took him to
another location where he spent 45
minutes in the water decompressing
“I would have preferred ‘the
bends’ (severe pain in joints, limbs and
abdomen due to decompression sick
ness) to getting back in the water in the
same spot as the shark,” Hulkes said.
On Oct. 28, two men escaped seri
ous injury when a 15-foot white shark
bit their surfboard in two off a beach
near the Western Australian capital of
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Clinton donors
point to Chung
■ If the allegations are
true, the fund-raiser has
broken federal laws.
Three donors to President
Clinton’s re-election campaign
have told House investigators
that an employee of Democratic
fund-raiser Johnny Chung asked
them to make the contributions
and later reimbursed them,
according to a House source.
Investigators were told that
Chung’s part-time bookkeeper,
Nancy Na-Chi Lee, asked four
people - one has since died - to
make out $1,000 checks to the
Clinton-Gore ‘96 campaign, said
the source, who spoke on condi
tion of anonymity. Lee was said
to have immediately reimbursed
the donors in cash, said the
aucn arrangements would oe
illegal under federal-election law,
which bars contributors from
giving money in the name of
another to hide the true source of
the money.
It was the first allegation of
laundered contributions directly
to the Clinton-Gore ‘96 cam
paign. The Democratic National
Committee has returned nearly
$3 million because the money
came from questionable sources,
including some donations made
in the name of others.
The House Government
Reform and Oversight
Committee has issued a subpoe
na for records of the re-election
campaign, said Robert Neuman,
a spokesman for the campaign’s
Legal Compliance Committee.
The committee does not have
any plans to refund the donations
- unless they are deemed illegal
by a court or the Federal Election
Commission, he said. The dona
tions were first reported by The
Washington Post.
Chung, who was described in
a 1995 White House memo as a
hustler who should be regarded
with caution, is a central figure in
the investigation of campaign
fund raising. He tried to deliver
more than $700,000 in donations
to Clinton’s legal defense fund
and also handed a $50,000 check
made out to the Democratic Party
to Maggie Williams, then chief of
staff to Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Chung has been subpoenaed
to testify Friday at hearings con
vened by the House panel. He is
expected to invoke his Fifth
Amendment privilege against
self-incrimination and refuse to
Chung contended last sum
mer in a newspaper interview
that the $50,000 donation he gave
to the Democratic National
Committee was solicited by Evan
Ryan, a White House aide to
The White House has denied
that Ryan or any other presiden
tial aides solicited donations
from Chung. Williams accepted
the check but passed it on to the
A day after Ije delivered the
check to Williams, Chung escort
ed a group of Chinese business
men to the Oval Office to watch
Clinton tape his weekly radio
“I see the White House is like
a subway — you put in the coins
to open the gates,” Chung told the
Los Angeles Times in July.
The donation and the circum
stances of Chung’s visit to the
White House are expected to be
examined at hearings Thursday.
Williams is scheduled to be ques
tioned about the episode.
The panel is also expected to
examine the circumstances in
which Chung pressed the White
House to give him pictures of the
six Chinese businessmen posing
with Clinton in the Oval Office.
Robert Suettinger, a National
Security Council aide, approved
giving Chung the photos,
although he warned that “my
impression is that he’s a hustler.”
“My concern is that he will
continue to make efforts to bring
his ‘friends’ into contact with”
the Clintons “to showione and all
that he is a big shot.”
Man shot, killed in protests
Republic — Soldiers shot dead a protest
er who was among a group armed with
homemade bombs Tuesday, the first day
of a general strike that kept thousands of
fearful Dominicans holed up in their
For months now, residents have coped
with power outages lasting up to 18 hours
a day. A severe drought also increased
prices for necessities such as rice, beans
and plantains. Taxi and truck drivers have
protested higher gasoline prices.
Many businesses and schools were
closed in the Caribbean nation, while
soldiers and police went on alert, taking
up positions in front of gas stations, on
buses and at intersections and bridges.
In a confrontation between police
and protesters in the city’s northern
slum, reporters watched a soldier open
fire on demonstrators, some of whom
held Molotov cocktails.
Massive flooding drowns 130
BARDERA, Somalia—At least 130
people have drowned since flooding
began here three weeks ago, aid workers
and local officials said.
Those trying to survive on dry patch
es of land amid the swirling waters have
to contend with crocodiles and other
As many as 300,000 were without
homes or food Tuesday. Entire villages
have been submerged, roads washed
away, bridges destroyed and towns cut
off from all communications except by
Southern Somalia’s Juba Valley,
which was flodded by the Juba River, is
the breadbasket of Somalia, producing
sorghum, a staple crop in this nation of 7
million. Nearly all of the freshly planted
sorghum and the reserves just harvested
have been destroyed.
A doctor at a refugee camp across the
Juba River said he was tending to 150
cholera victims - and feared more will
Aid workers said such rains haven’t
hit Somalia in 30 years and speculate
they could be the result of El Nino,
which is warming ocean currents in the
Pacific and provoking weather changes
throughout the world.
Monsoon could bring relief
JAKARTA, Indonesia — A heavy
downpour that showered the city for the
first time in six months left the air clean
and moist, raising hopes that monsoon
rains soon will extinguish wildfires
choking much of Southeast Asia.
The El Nino weather phenomenon is
blamed for causing a drought across this
nation of 200 million people and delay
ing the rainy season, which usually
begins in October.
Fires - many set by timber compa
nies, plantation owners and farmers to
clear land - have burned out of control
for months, spewing a thick haze from
Thailand to Australia and endangering
the health of millions.
More rain has been forecast, but
environmentalists fear the monsoons
will bring a host of new problems, -j
including acid rain, soil erosion and
In Malaysia, there were “good” air*
quality ratings across most of the nation
Tuesday for the first time in three
months, and people walked around with
out wearing face masks.