WORLD

World Notes

December 13 1993
WORLD

World Notes

December 13 1993

World Notes

KOREAN TENSIONS

Amid a growing dispute over Communist North Korea’s refusal to allow international monitoring of suspected atomic sites, President Bill Clinton said that he could not rule out a U.S. military buildup near the border in South Korea. North Korea denies trying to develop nuclear arms, but has refused to let the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency inspect two of its most sensitive suspected nuclear sites. Pentagon officials said that they are alarmed by the presence of more than 700,000 North Korean troops near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas.

DEADLY DUTY

Two Canadian soldiers on UN peacekeeping duty in Bosnia were killed when their armored vehicle lost control on an icy road. The deaths of Master Cpl. Stephane Langevin, 28, of Lachute, Que., and Cpl. David Galvin, 28, of Eastman, Que., bring to eight the number of Canadian soldiers killed in the former Yugoslavia.

CHOOSING A SUCCESSOR

Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari named social development minister Luis Donaldo Colosio, 43, to succeed him as the candidate of his ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in the August, 1994, presidential election. The PRI candidate is chosen personally by the sitting president, in this case Salinas, in a tradition known as the dedazo, or pointing of the presidential finger. The PRI has ruled Mexico since 1929.

A GROWING EPIDEMIC

Activists across the globe marked World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 by calling for greater efforts to tackle the killer disease. The World Health Organization has estimated that by the middle of this year about 14 million people were infected by the HIV virus that causes AIDS. By the end of the decade it estimated there will have been between 30 and 40 million infections.

FOREIGN TARGETS

Algerian militants killed a Spaniard one day after the expiry of a deadline set by Islamic fundamentalists for all foreigners to leave the country or face death. Manuel Lopez Bailen was the eighth foreigner killed in Algeria in less than three months. Many left Algeria ahead of the deadline and those who have remained are keeping a low profile.