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Milosevic calls for runoff; defeat likely in election
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -
Facing the likelihood of defeat,
President Slobodan Milosevic
sought Monday to force a runoff
despite calls from home and
abroad to accept the outcome
and end his 13 years in power.
The United States and more
than a dozen other countries
warned Milosevic they would not
accept fraudulent claims of vic
tory.
The pro-Western opposition
challenger, Vojislav Kostunica,
proclaimed victory in Sunday’s
ballot and demanded the State
Election Commission release the
official count.
Kostunica, a 56-year-old law
professor, said that if Milosevic
tries to tamper with the vote, “We
will defend our victory by peace
ful means and we will protest for
as long as it takes.”
In the absence of official
results, Milosevic’s left-wing
coalition insisted Monday that
he was ahead in the vote count
but not far enough to guarantee
that he would avoid a runoff with
Kostunica on Oct. 8.
At a news conference, Gorica
Gajevic, the general secretary of
Milosevic’s party, said that with
37 percent of the ballots counted
Milosevic was ahead of
Kostunica with 45 percent to
Kostunica’s 40 percent.
Opposition claims were
based on reports from its poll
watchers at the country’s 10,000
voting stations. All political par
ties are allowed to have represen
tatives present when votes are
counted locally, and the poll
watchers may report the results
to their national headquarters.
Throughout Europe, the
reaction to a possible Milosevic
defeat was almost euphoric.
“We will defend our victory by peaceful means,
and we will protest for as long as it takes. ”
Vojislav Kostunica
pro-Western opposition to Milosevic
Milosevic has been blamed for
fomenting instability in the
Balkans for years, triggering wars
in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and
Kosovo.
The European Union said
any attempt by Milosevic to
claim victory would be “fraudu
lent,” and Italian Foreign
Minister Lamberto Dini warned
of “devastating consequences” if
Milosevic tries to steal the elec
tion.
British Foreign Secretary
Robin Cook said Monday that "all
the reliable evidence” showed
Milosevic had lost and urged the
president to step aside.
David Brauchli/Newsmakers
Anti-IMF, World Trade Organization and World Bank protesters shout and wave Monday after unfurling a
banner against the International Monetary Fund, WTO and World Bank.
U.S. journalist banned from protests
■The Socialist Worker
reporter can't attend
anti-IMF and World
Bank meetings.
fHE ASSOCIATED PRESS
PRAGUE, Czech
Republic - An American
i/vriter for a socialist news
paper became an unlikely
focal point Monday in the
counterculture war on the
[MF and World Bank.
Lee Sustar, a Chicago
based reporter for the
Socialist Worker, was
barred Sunday from the
Czech capital and protests
aimed at disrupting
international Monetary
Fund and World Bank
meetings.
Sustar said no reason
was given, but he suspects
it was because he was
arrested last year in
protests surrounding the
World Trade Organization
meeting in Seattle. He was
not charged.
A small crowfl gath
ered outside the interna
tional terminal at Prague
Ruzyne Airport, holding
banners that said “Open
the borders” and “Free Lee
Sustar.”
Sustar accused Czech
President Vaclav Havel of
publicly “welcoming a dia
logue ... but at the same
time, his police forces are
using the same oppression
measures he knows well
from his days as political
prisoner under the old
regime.”
The journalist-activist
later left on an afternoon
flight to New York, after
being stuck overnight in
the airport arrivals hall.
Czech authorities have
said they are detaining
demonstrators at the bor
der if they had arrest
records from the Seattle
protests, which may lessen
the impact of any demon
strations when the bank
meetings open Tuesday.
A train carrying more
than 500 activists, most of
them Italians, rolled into
Prague early Monday after
being held up all day
Sunday at the Austrian
border when Czech
authorities refused to let
several people in, and the
people refused to get off
the train.
Organizers have said
for weeks they expected
up to 20,000 people to take
to the streets Tuesday
against the World Bank
and the IMF. But there
were no indications
Monday that the numbers
would be that high.
An entrepreneur hop
ing to cash in on a mass
influx of demonstrators by
setting up a tent city that
could house 15,000 people
has been forced to scale
back his hopes for big
profits.
The scene was sub
dued Monday after more
than 1,000 people
marched late Sunday to
protest the Prague-bound
train’s being stopped at the
border.
Not far from the con
ference center, about 40
activists from 25 countries
held a sit-in Monday to
protest oil and gas explo
ration in what they called
environmentally sensitive
areas. They accused the
World Bank of putting
money into projects with
out regard for any environ
mental damage.
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German museums return
artwork to Jewish heirs
■ More than 80 pieces were handed
over after a request by the Commission
for Art Recovery, set up to recover works
stolen during World War II.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BERLIN - Two German museums
returned more than 80 works of art
Monday to a Jewish art lover’s heirs
decades after they first sought compen
sation for a collection seized by the Nazis.
At a Berlin ceremony, officials from
the Western city of Hanover handed over
an oil painting by Lovis Corinth valued at
up to $470,000. The eastern city of Leipzig
returned more than 80 works, mostly
drawings and prints by Max Klinger.
The hand-over comes a year after a
request to the museums by the
Commission for Art Recovery on behalf of
the heirs of Leipzig-based publisher
Gustav Kirstein. The commission was set
up by the World Jewish Congress to help
heirs reclaim art treasures stolen from
their families during World War II.
“I’m overwhelmed with emotion,"
said Thekla Stein Nordwind, Kirstein’s
niece who traveled from the United
States for the ceremony. “I never thought
we’d see this moment, though it is a bit
tersweet moment.”
Embarrassed by stories such as that of
the Kirstein heirs, whose request for com
pensation was rejected by the authorities
in 1964, the German government has
urged museums to comb their collec
tions for possible looted art and to pub
lish the details to encourage new claims.
At a 1998 conference in Washington,
44 countries endorsed guidelines intend
ed to push nations, museums, galleries
and individuals to re-examine collections
and archives in an unprecedented search
“I’m overwhelmed with
emtion. I never thought we’d
see this moment., though it
is a bittersweet moment.”
Thekla Stein Nordwind
Jewish art-lover’s niece
for the lost assets of Holocaust victims.
A follow-up conference is scheduled
for Oct. 3 inVilnius, Lithuania.
Other stolen artworks in Poland,
Hungary and Germany will be returned
to the heirs shortly, said Ronald Lauder,
chairman of the Commission for Art
Recovery and a former U.S. ambassador
to Austria.
Kirstein, a specialist in the color
reproduction of artworks, had lost his job
under anti-Semitic laws enacted by the
Nazis before he died in 1934, leaving his
collection to his wife.
She committed suicide five years later
after Hitler’s secret police confiscated her
passport, a day before she was to have fol
lowed the couple’s two daughters in emi
grating to the United States.
The collection, like many possessions
of the Jewish families who fled growing
Nazi persecution, was seized and auc
tioned off.
The individual works turned up years
later in private collections and museums,
including Hanover’s Sprengel Museum
and the Museum of Plastic Arts in Leipzig.
The Corinth painting is to be exhibit
ed in Germany, the United States and
Britain before being auctioned in London
next month so that the proceeds can be
split between the five heirs.
The fate of the other works has not yet
been decided.
Gymnastics all-around winner
loses medal after drug test
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SYDNEY, Australia - Romania’s
Andreea Raducan was stripped of her all
around gymnastics gold medal after test
ing positive for a banned stimulant.
The decision Tuesday (Monday night
CDT) to strip the 16-year-old of her
medal was made by the International
Olympic Committee’s executive board,
following the recommendation from its
medical commission.
The team doctor who gave Raducan
the drug in two cold medicine pills was
expelled from the games and suspended
from the 2002 winter games in Salt Lake
and 200.4 summer games in Athens.
The decisions were confirmed by
Thomas Bach, a member of the IOC’s
executive board.
Raducan is the first gymnast to be
stripped of a medal because of a drug vio
lation and is the second athlete at these
games to lose a gold. She is the sixth posi
tive drug case at the Sydney Games.
IOC vice president Kevin Gosper said
there was considerable debate among the
board members on what action to take,
and a difference of opinion among many
of them.
“It is a most unusual case,” Gosper
said. “You have three events, during
which the athlete proved to be positive in
one. I don’t know of any case like that
before. It was a long discussion. It was not
easy.”
Ion Tiriac, president of Romania’s
National Olympic Committee, refused to
comment immediately after the decision.
The action against Raducan came a
day after 330-pound shot put world
champion C.J. Hunter, the husband and
coach of gold medal sprinter Marion
Jones, was identified by world track offi
cials as having tested positive for steroids
at a meet in Oslo in July. Hunter is not
competing at Sydney.
With Raducan’s disqualification,
another Romanian, Simona Amanar, gets
the gold and teammate Maria Olaru goes
from bronze to silver. Liu Xuan of China,
the original fourth place finisher, now
gets the bronze medal.
Raducan was allowed to keep her
other medals, a gold from the team com
petition and a silver from the vault.
IOC executive board member Anita
DeFrantz said Raducan can remain in the
Olympic Village with her team for the rest
of the games.
Raducan tested positive for pseu
doephedrine, which is on the IOC’s list of
banned stimulants, Bach said.
Raducan underwent a test after each
competition, Bach said. She tested nega
tive after the Romanians won the team
gold last Tuesday, but positive after she
won the all-around Thursday.
She tested negative after winning a
silver in the vault Sunday.
The drug was given to her by a team
doctor in two cold medications, Tiriac
said early Tuesday. Raducan took two
pills, one containing pseudoephedrine
and the second an over-the-counter
drug, Tiriac said.
Romanian officials were told Monday
afternoon of the positive test, Tiriac said,
but Raducan competed anyway in the
individual floor exercise final that night.
She finished seventh out of eight.
Tiriac said pseudoephedrine is “not at
all on the (banned drug) list of the inter
national gymnastics federation but is on
the list of the IOC” and had been taken by
other athletes. The drug, he said, “is a
medicine that is not enhancing but
diminishing performance.”
Raducan’s small stature - 4-foot-10,
82 pounds - contributed to the positive
test, he said. He didn't say when she took
the medication.
Team coach Octavian Belu threat
ened to withdraw the entire team from
the games, the private Romanian news
agency Mediafax reported. He did not
attend news conferences following
Monday’s competition.
Raducan is the fourth athlete to be
stripped of a medal because of drugs.
Three Bulgarian weightlifters lost their
medals, including Izabela Dragneva, the
gold medalist in the women’s 105-pound
event.
The Associated Press
■ Washington, D.C
Plan would let vehides
drive by White House
It is often called
“America’s Main Street,” but
for the last five years, only
foot traffic has been allowed
on Pennsylvania Avenue in
front of the White House.
That would change under a
plan unveiled Monday.
Officials in the nation’s
capital said thousands of
vehicles could drive past the
White House each day with
out endangering the safety of
the president and his family.
President Clinton has
expressed a desire to see the
street reopened if security
concerns can be addressed,
said Norton, the district’s
nonvoting representative to
Congress.
■ Washington, D.C
Report: More gay partners
receive health insurance
More employers are offer
ing health insurance cover
age to the partners of gay
employees, according to a
report by the Washington
based Human Rights
Campaign.
The study found that
3,572 companies, colleges
and states and local govern
ments have offered or
announced they will offer
health insurance covering
their employees’ domestic
partners. This was up 25 per
cent from a year ago.
The findings were includ
ed in the group’s annual
“State of the Workplace for
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transgendered Americans.”
■Jerusalem
City is still downfall
of Mideast peace talks
The Israeli and
Palestinian leaders met in
Israel on Monday, under U.S.
pressure to come up with a.
permanent deal, but there is
still little to show after two
months of massaging the
deal-breaker -Jerusalem.
Prime Minister Ehud
Barak and Yasser Arafat met
for three hours late Monday
night at Barak’s home in the
town of KochavYair in central
Israel.
Barak spokesman Gadi
Baltiansky said the meeting,
which ended just after mid
night, was conducted “in a
very good atmosphere and a
positive spirit” and described
it as an “evaluation and an
exchange of views.” He said
the leaders did not negotiate
“specific” issues.
That suggested that they
avoided discussion of
Jerusalem, the issue that
broke up the U.S.-sponsored
Camp David talks in July.
Aside from an exchanged
greeting or two at the U.N.
Millennium Summit earlier
this month, the two have not
met since.
■Cuba
Thousands protest
outside U.S. mission
HAVANA - Thousands of
people answered the com
munist government’s call to
crowd outside the U.S. mis
sion Monday and protest
immigration policies it
blames for last week’s dra
matic departure of a group of
Cubans aboard a stolen
plane.
President Fidel Castro
presided over the rally, which
began with a rendition of the
Cuban National Anthem by a
military band.
Because of an editing
error, Republican vice presi
dential candidate Dick
Cheney was misidentified in
a front-page photo Monday.
Because of a reporting
error, the address of a
University Park apartment
building, 4300 Holdrege St.,
was wrong in a front-page
photo caption Monday. A car
crashed into the building
Sunday.