Archive for Thursday, October 26, 2000

World Briefs

October 26, 2000



More than 75 aboard Russian plane in crash

A Russian Defense Ministry plane with at least 75 passengers and crew slammed into a mountain while trying to land in bad weather Wednesday evening in Georgia. Officials said everyone on board was feared dead.

A search and rescue team sent to the crash site about 15 miles east of the city of Batumi found pieces of the plane and scorched earth, Georgia's Emergency Situations Department said. Russian television reported that bodies had been found, and showed footage of flaming pieces of wreckage lit by rescue workers' floodlights.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known.


President orders army confined to barracks

President Alberto Fujimori on Wednesday ordered Peru's armed forces confined to barracks in an apparent move against his former intelligence adviser, Vladimiro Montesinos.

Two days after Montesinos returned from Panama, fueling talk of a power showdown with Fujimori, the president said he had ordered a "complete freeze" of the armed forces. He did not elaborate.

He made the statement after leading a convoy of vehicles carrying members of a police force to an officers' club in the foothills of the Andes, about 20 miles east of Lima.

Radio and TV stations speculated that Fujimori was trying to corner and capture Montesinos, who has not been seen publicly since he returned from Panama after a failed asylum bid. But retired Gen. Walter Ledesma thought Fujimori was staging a chase to boost his chances to find political asylum in another country.

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