Archive for Sunday, February 25, 2001

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February 25, 2001

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Russia

Dead Chechens found at Russian military site

The bodies of dozens of Chechen men, most of them shot, were found Saturday at a mass dumping site close to Russian military headquarters in the separatist republic of Chechnya, three miles west of the capital, Grozny. During the latest Russian military action in Chechnya, which began in September 1999, thousands of Chechen civilian men have disappeared.

The group of bodies, in various stages of decomposition, was discovered by a Grozny man early Saturday in a deserted village of weekend shacks. They went undiscovered for many months because the village, close to Russia's military headquarters in Khankala, was considered highly dangerous by Chechens.

Japan

Quake rattles northeast coast

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 jolted northeastern Japan this morning, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The quake struck at 6:54 a.m. local time, just below the seabed off the coast of Fukushima state, the Meteorological Agency said. The temblor shook buildings but no damage or injuries have been reported, said a local police spokesman. Fukushima is about 150 miles northeast of Tokyo.

Japan sits atop four tectonic plates slabs of land that move across the earth's surface making it one of the world's most earthquake-prone nations.

Yemen

Election violence claims 5 more lives

Violence that broke out after municipal elections in Yemen this week claimed another five lives Saturday, bringing the death toll to 23, security officials said.

Four people were killed in vote-counting disputes in the southern city of Taiz, and four soldiers were injured in cross fire between supporters of the ruling General People's Congress and the opposition Islah party, officials said.

Yemenis voted on a proposal to extend the president's term from five years to seven, and whether to create an appointed body that some people fear would undercut the elected parliament.

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