Archive for Sunday, July 15, 2001

World Briefs

July 15, 2001


Iraq : Train service to Turkey resumes

Iraq said Saturday it will resume regular passenger train service to Turkey, a former foe in the 1991 Gulf War, after a break of more than 20 years.

The first Iraqi passenger train will leave Friday from Baghdad, passing through Mosul in northern Iraq and northeastern Syria into Mardin across the border in Turkey. The individual one-way ticket costs about $20.

"For the time being, it will be a weekly trip. But we are planning to increase the trains if there are more passengers," Falah Hassan Habsi, Iraqi Railways' acting director general, was quoted as saying by the official Iraqi News Agency on Saturday.

Railway services between Turkey and Iraq were suspended during the 1980-88 Iraq-Iran war. Relations between the countries were later strained by the Gulf War, in which Turkey took part in the U.S.-led multinational force that drove Iraqi troops out of Kuwait.

Turkey still serves as a base for U.S. and British warplanes enforcing the northern no-fly zone in Iraq.

Cuba: Museum to open exhibit on Elian

A museum in Elian Gonzalez's hometown opened an exhibition Saturday on Cuba's successful efforts to bring the boy back from the United States last year.

The Oscar Maria Rojas Museum in the city of Cardenas, about 85 miles east of Havana, will display photos and newspaper articles on the boy's return to Cuba, the government said.

The same museum held an exhibition before Gonzalez's return to Cuba that included pictures drawn by his Cuban classmates. A later exhibition showed Mother's Day cards drawn by Gonzalez and four classmates who visited him in Washington.

Tokyo: Flight to L.A. makes emergency landing

A Northwest Airlines jet heading for Los Angeles with 368 passengers aboard made an emergency landing at Tokyo's international airport Saturday after reporting an engine problem, officials said.

None of the passengers and about 20 crew on the Boeing 747 was injured, said Northwest Airlines spokeswoman Tamiko Kuniyoshi, who did not have the exact number of crew members.

Northwest Flight 26 reported trouble in the No. 3 engine less than an hour and half after taking off from Japan's Kansai International Airport, near Osaka, and notified Narita airport, Kuniyoshi said.

The plane was repaired and later took off for Los Angeles.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.