Mon, Nov 22, 2004 - Page 7 News List

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Ukrainian border guards detained 52 illegal Chinese immigrants seeking to cross into neighboring Slovakia from Ukraine's western Transcarpathia region, officials said late Saturday. The immigrants were seized near the Slovak border, the local border guard office said in a statement. Ukraine, which borders Poland, Slovakia and Hungary -- EU member states since May -- had become an important transit route for illegal migrants seeking entry to western Europe.

■ Egypt

Israelis `need discipline'

Egypt has told Israel, which killed three Egyptian policemen at the Egypt-Gaza border earlier this week, it must choose more disciplined troops, Egypt's official Middle East News Agency reported on Sunday. Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit also told his Israeli counterpart Silvan Shalom that Egypt "would absolutely not accept the repetition of this type of incident." "Israeli leaders and soldiers with a greater degree of discipline must be picked so that they don't open fire randomly and hit others, leading to the complication of relations with Egypt," Aboul Gheit told Shalom in a phone call.

■ Togo

March turns deadly

Thirteen people were reported trampled to death and many were injured on Saturday when a good-humored march marking Togo's return to the diplomatic good graces of the EU turned into a stampede. A reporter said the stampede began as a crowd numbering in the hundreds of thousands pressed into the courtyard in front of President Gnassingbe Eyadema's palace. According to a government statement, the organizers of the demonstration were overwhelmed by the huge turnout, which it said was a reflection of "the feeling of joy of the Togolese people."

■ Africa

Leaders pledge peace

Fifteen African leaders -- including the head of every country in central Africa's Great Lakes area -- signed an agreement aimed at ending the cycle of war and dictatorship in the region. "We, the African leaders, have agreed to rededicate ourselves for peace and development of our continent," said Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, chairman of the African Union. "Never, and never again, shall we allow any despots or any tyranny in our continent." The UN and the African Union organized the two-day summit that ended Saturday in the hope that it will mark a watershed for the region.

■ Ivory Coast

Airport re-opens

French troops on Saturday controlled access to Ivory Coast's main airport in the capital Abidjan and there were increasing signs of a gradual return to normal in the city after days of violence and uncertainty. All airlines operating out of Abidjan airport with the exception of Air France and the Belgian company SN Brussels had re-started their services to capitals in the region and Ivorian officials were back in charge of airport formalities. "We have handed over the international airport to civilians," said the spokesman for the French force in Ivory Coast Colonel Henry Aussavy. Ivory Coast lurched back into crisis after an air strike on a French position on Nov. 6 prompted France to retaliate, destroying the tiny Ivorian air force -- which in turn led to an upsurge in anti-French violence.

■ Costa Rica

Seven die after 6.0 quake

At least seven people were killed when a powerful earthquake rocked the Central American country of Costa Rica on Saturday, officials said. The quake, measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale, also caused extensive damage across the country. Six people died because of heart attacks triggered by the quake, another one died in a car accident. Thousands were awoken in the early hours Saturday when the quake shook the small country. Several aftershocks followed.

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