Indonesian police kill five in crackdown on rioters
SAMPIT, Indonesia (AP) -- With a new order to shoot rioters on sight, Indonesian security forces today shot and killed five people caught looting shops abandoned by fleeing Madurese migrants in the town of Sampit and the regional capital of Palangkaraya.
Police were cracking down after a rampage by Dayak natives that has killed hundreds of Madurese settlers on Borneo island.
Security forces have been widely criticized for doing little during the attacks. "We are now taking tougher action against rioters and other troublemakers," said Col. Muhamad Jatmiko, regional deputy police chief.
Over the past 40 years, more than 100,000 Madurese have settled in Kalimantan province on Borneo island as part of a government program to relieve overcrowding on Madura.
The immigrants have come to dominate the transportation and market sectors of the economy, souring relations with the native Dayaks, who also complain of discrimination in education and jobs.
U.S. admiral apologizes to families of sub's victims
TOKYO (AP) -- The U.S. Navy's No. 2 officer apologized today to the families of the nine people missing and presumed dead after a surfacing American submarine sank a Japanese high school's fishing training ship off Hawaii.
"I'm here to request in the most humble and sincere manner that you accept the apology of the people of the United States and the U.S. Navy, as a personal representative of President Bush," Adm. William J. Fallon told relatives gathered at the U.S. ambassador's residence in Tokyo.
His message was well received.
"I felt the envoy was sincere, and it was the most satisfying meeting we have had yet (with American officials)," said Ryosuke Terata, whose 17-year-old son is among the missing.
Cmdr. Scott Waddle, the sub's captain, apologized Tuesday during a visit to Japan's consulate in Honolulu, where he delivered letters of apology addressed to each of the nine families as well as Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori.
The actions are meant to calm anger over the Feb. 9 accident, in which the USS Greeneville, practicing an emergency surfacing maneuver, smashed into the Ehime Maru and sank it within minutes.
Moscow is rolling out red carpet for Gorbachev
MOSCOW (AP) -- Mikhail Gorbachev is the toast of Moscow this week at gala events marking his 70th birthday, a remarkable turnabout for a man feted abroad for freeing Eastern Europe but long spurned at home for his role in the demise of the Communist empire.
A huge banner wishing "Mikhail Sergeyevich" a happy birthday hangs across Frunze Street, leading toward the Kremlin gate. Monday, the former Soviet leader was honored at a star-studded party in Rossiya Hotel, just off Red Square.
More events are planned later in the week, including an elite banquet in a downtown hotel Friday, his actual birthday. Gorbachev has invited his closest associates and friends to a small gathering in his Moscow apartment this weekend.
Gorbachev's political foundation has published a 462-page book of tributes, with laudatory remarks from former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush, Henry Kissinger, former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and ex-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Belgrade orders police to investigate Milosevic
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) -- The Belgrade prosecutor's office today ordered police to investigate Slobodan Milosevic, the first legal move against the former president, who could face charges ranging from fraud to war crimes.
The prosecutor ordered police to look into reports that Milosevic had transferred more than 400 pounds of gold out of the country last year and that funds from the gold sale were transferred to bank accounts in Cyprus and Greece.
Since October, when Milosevic was swept from power in a popular uprising, the new pro-democracy authorities have pledged to bring him to trial to answer for 13 years of alleged misrule.
Milosevic has been indicted by the U.N. war-crimes tribunal in the Netherlands. But the new Yugoslav authorities want him to stand trial at home before considering any extradition request from the tribunal, which has indicted him in connection with atrocities in Kosovo.
Other possible charges against him in Yugoslavia include corruption, illegally taking state funds abroad and war crimes.