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Clinton urges nations to work together to boost growth
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Clinton on Monday called the spreading
global economic crisis the “biggest financial challenge facing the world in a half
century” and uigpd rich nations to act together to boost growth.
“Our future prosperity depends upon whether we can work with others to
restore confidence, manage change, stabilize the financial system and spur
robust global growth,” the president said in a speech to the Council on Foreign
Relations in New York.
Shortly after Clinton finished speaking, finance ministers and central hank
presidents of the worlds seven richest countries issued a joint statement pledg
ing to cooperate in dealing with the spreading economic crisis and endorsing
Clinton^ view that the greatest risk now is recession, not inflation.
Clinton’s comments came as deputy finance officials of the worlds seven
largest industrial countries - the United States, Britain, Japan, Germany, France,
Italy and Canada- were meeting in London with officials of Boris Yeltsin’s gov
ernment to assess recent problems in Russia stemming from a botched devalua
tion of toe ruble.
The president repeated a warning made by Federal Reserve Chairman Alan
Greenspan a week ago that it is unlikely the United States can remain an “oasis
of prosperity” in the ever-widening financial turmoil.
The president called on Congress to provide the $18 billion he has request
ed to replenish the depleted resources of the IMF, which has assembled more
than $100 billion in bailout packages for hard-hit Asian countries and Russia.
^Japanremainsifceyto resolving the crisis, the president said. Theworld’s sec
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Hijacker of Turkish flight surrenders without incident
ANKARA, Turkey (AP)—A man described as an Islamic militant hijacked
a Turkish Airlines plane Monday to a Black Sea port, where he released all
aboard and sunendoed. The hijacker turned out to have only a toy gun, accord
ing to Ibrkeyh transportation minister:
Ihsan Akyuz told police he staged the hijacking to protest a ban on Islamic
style head coverings at Turkey’s universities.
He freed all passengers - there were conflicting reports whether mere were
It came to a close without eveh a hose bleed," Transportation Minister
Ahmed Denizolgun said.
Confusion had surrounded details of the hijacking throughout the two-hour
ordeal; media reports initially said here was more than one hijacker, and Turkish
Airlines first said the man claimed to have a package containing a bomb.
State Department: N. Korea launched satellite, not missile
WASHINGTON (AP) - Backing away from its initial assessment, the State
Department said Monday the object launched by North Korea in the Western
Pacific twb weeks ago was a satellite and not a missile.
But, it said, the military imputations could be ominous for North Korea’s
neighbors either way: '
“Ws have concluded that North Korea did attempt to orbit a very small satel
lite. We also have concluded the satellite failed to achieve orbit,” State
Department spokesman James P. Rubin said.
The test caused deep anxiety in Japan because North Korea launched the
object over Japan Is mam island. With a range of more than 900 miles, the test
suggested mat Norm Korea could strike any portion of Japanese territory.
Rubin said the military implications are similar whether the test involved a
missile or a satellite.
“The North Koreans have demonstrated in this launch a capability to
deliver a weapons payload against surface targets at increasing ranges, con
firming the inherent capability to threaten its neighbors,” he said.
He added that me United States regards the test as “a threat to U.S.
allies, friends and forces in me region.”
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N. Ireland’s future discussed
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP)
- Northern Ireland’s Protestant and
Catholic politicians broke new ground
Monday as they debated how to gov
ern this long-divided land together -
and shared afew laughs in between.
Seamus Mallon, the Catholic
deputy leader of the new legislative
Assembly, told its 108 members - who
sat divided, with Irish Catholics on the
left and British Protestants on the right
- that a new era had begun.
“We have to move from criticism
to construction, from making
demands to making choices, from
claiming rights to taldng responsibility
for our own lives,” Mallon said.
British loyalist and Protestant
Assembly leader David Trimble said
afterward that the upbeat atmosphere
during the daylong debate “shows you
how far we’ve come” since April’s
peace accord.
At its only previous session since
being elected in June, the Assembly
chose Trimble and Mallon to lead its
yet-to-be-formed administration,
which will oversee different govern
mental departments.
The two leaders indicated Monday
they were likely to delay appointing
the rest of the administration until
First, they plan to hold a historic
summit with the Irish government -
launching formal cooperation between
We have to move from criticism to
construction, from making demands to
making choices, from claiming rights to
taking responsibility for our own lives.”
Seamus Hallon
Catholic deputy leader of Assembly
both parts of Ireland, a critical part of
making die peace agreement work.
Appointing government ministers
requires majority support from both
the Assembly's blocs. But Protestants
oppose giving the Sinn Fein party any
positions unless the Irish Republican
Army, a group with which the party is
allied, starts disarming. The IRA- 14
months into an open-ended truce -
says that won’t happen.
Yet Monday’s debate set more
firsts in the gradual coming-together
of Trimble’s Ulster Unionists,
Northern Ireland’s main Protestant
party, and Gerry Adams’ Sinn Fein
party, which has 18 seats in the
Sinn Fein has long said it would
never set foot in the grand Stormont
Parliamentary Building-a hated sym
bol of the Protestant-dominated gov
eminent that ran Northern Ireland
ftom 1921 to 1972.
Adams and other Sinn Fein mem
bers began their new careers inside
Stormont on Monday by pointedly
debating in Gaelic, the ancient Irish
tongue that most Protestants consider
foreign and don’t understand.
This triggered good-natured repar
tee across toe divide, with one unionist
noting that Adams’ command of
Gaelic appeared to be suspiciously
peppered with English words.
In his opening speech, Trimble
emphasized his desire to see the
Assembly become “a pluralist parlia
ment for a pluralist people.”
He welcomed Sinn Fein’s moves to
“cross the bridge from terrorism to
democracy” and said he hoped Adams
would “embrace peace with a new
vigor” by getting the IRA to disarm.
Conviction on
crime inspired
by talk show
Former governor of
Alabama dies at 79
■ George C. Wallace,
who survived a 1972
assassination attempt,
died of cardiac arrest.
George C. Wallace walked with a
bounce and flashed a smile that could
border on a smirk when he was a noisy
presidential candidate and archenemy
of civil rights crusaders.
By the time the former Alabama
governor died Sunday night, he had
been humbled by the pain and paraly
sis caused by a 1972 assassination
attempt, an experience that also trans
formed him politically.
After the attempt, unable to walk,
barely able to communicate in a whis
per, he had recanted his racist stand and
hoped for a different place in history.
He wanted to be seen as a force for
-i the little man, a Democrat who helped
bring on the modern conservative
movement He did not want history to
remember him only for his “segrega
tion forever” battle cry of 1963 and his
attempts to keep blacks out of all-white
public schools.
Wallace Kennedy, were at his side
when he was pronounced dead at 9:49
p.m., Jones said.
“We are deeply grateful for the
prayers of the people of Alabama,”
Wallace’s son said at the Capitol.
George Corley Wallace was bom
Aug. 25,1919, in Clio, in the rural,
row-crop country of southeastern
Alabama. His father was a fanner and
county commissioner, his mother a -
county health worker.
Wallace, a short, pugnacious
politician lost his first race for gover
nor in 1958 when his views on race
were moderate.
When he won four years later,
Wallace was a fist-shaking segrega
tionist who soon would stand outside
an auditorium at the all-white
University of Alabama seeking to
block the enrollment of two blacks.
It helped launch him into the
national spotlight and, in 1964,
Wallace ran few the White House in a
handful of primaries against President
Lyndon Johnson. He launched a full
scale bid for the presidency in 1968
under the banner of the American
DETROIT (AP) —A state appeals
court has overturned the murder con
viction of a man who shot a man who
revealed a secret crush on him during a
taping of “The Jenny Jones Show:”
The Michigan Court of Appeals
said Jonathan Schmitz should have
been allowed to remove a juror before
the trial began. The three-judge panel
said the error was harmful enough to
warrant overturning his conviction on
second-degree murder.
Schmitz was accused of shooting
Scott Amedure, a gay man, in March
1995 after Amedure revealed on the
show that he was attracted to him.
Schmitz, who is heterosexual, said
he appeared on the show, taped in
Chicago, believing a woman was going
to reveal a crush on him.
When the two returned to
Michigan, police said Schmitz shot and
killed Amedure at his Orion Township
mobile home. He later told police he
was humiliated by the surprise on-cam
era announcement
He was convicted in 1996 of sec
ond-degree murder and was sentenced
to 25 to 50 years.
Jury selection for the case took
three days. On the final day, Schmitz’s
lawyers asked the judge to remove a
Oakland County prosecutors
objected, saying that because the
defense had not objected previously,
they could not remove the juror on the
final day.
Judge Francis X. O’Brien sided
with the prosecution.
The appeals court said Schmitz’s
attorneys should have been allowed to
remove the juror at any point in the jury
Amedure’s family also has sued
Jones and distributor Warner Bros, for
$50 million, claiming they were at least
partly responsible for Amedureb death.
Ill 1972, Wallace was the early
leader in the Democratic presidential
primaries. Accompanied by his second
wife, Cornelia, he headed to Maryland
for that state’s primary. At a shopping
center in Laurel on May IS, 1972,
Wallace plunged into a crowd of well
wishers to shake hands. Suddenly a
blond man in dark glasses lunged for
ward with a gim.
He was hit five times. One bullet
jammed against his spine.
Arthur Bremer, a former busboy
from Milwaukee, was convicted in the
assassination attempt, which had no
apparent political motive. He is still in
The day after he was shot, Wallace
carried both Maryland and Michigan,
his most triumphant moment But his
presidential campaign ended, and so
did his old political stand and style.
“I think he should be remembered
for more than race,” said one of his
biographers, Stephan Lesher, “(but)
he’ll always be stained by race.”
Wallace, 79, died at a hospital of
cardiac arrest after it appeared he was
recovering from a blood infection, the
latest of a series of ailments that had
sent him to intensive-care units numer
ous times over the years.
“For more than an bout; the gover
nor fought, and fought hard, for his
life,” said Jackson Hospital spokes
woman Victoria Jones.
Wallace suffered from Parkinson’s
disease and spent most of his days in
bed at his Montgomery home. He was
taken to Jackson Hospital Thursday
Wallace’s son, George Wallace Jr,
J and one of his three daughters, Peggy