WORLD

World Notes

September 27 1993
WORLD

World Notes

September 27 1993

World Notes

FLORIDA HORRORS

Unknown gunmen killed one British tourist and wounded another at the side of a highway near Florida’s capital, Tallahassee. The nighttime attack brought to nine the number of foreign tourists killed in Florida in the past year—and was the second in less than a week. Gov. Lawton Chiles said that he would ask the Clinton administration for a $5.3-million federal grant to extend the state’s violent crime task force. Florida attracts some 40 million visitors annually, and the killings threaten its $41-billion-a-year tourism industry.

CANADIAN JURIST PICKED

The UN General Assembly elected Jules Deschênes, 70, a former chief justice of the Quebec Superior Court who led an inquiry into war criminals in Canada, to serve on an international tribunal that will try accused war criminals from the former Yugoslavia. The assembly picked a total of 11 judges needed for the court, which will sit in The Hague.

STRIFE IN GEORGIA

Rival armies in Georgia put aside their differences to defend the threatened city of Sukhumi. They took the joint action after Georgian leader Eduard Shevardnadze warned that Sukhumi could fall to Abkhaz rebels. Earlier in the week, Shevardnadze threatened to resign in a dispute with parliament. But the former Soviet foreign minister reconsidered after legislators quickly bowed to his demands to suspend parliament for two months and give him emergency powers to tackle anarchy in the country.

IN FROM THE COLD

After 23 years in hiding, a 1960s antiVietnam War radical surrendered to authorities in Boston. Katherine Ann Power, 44, was on the FBI’s most wanted list from 1970 to 1984 for the killing of a Boston policeman during a robbery. Under the assumed name of Alice Louise Metzinger, Power has been living for a dozen years in central Oregon with her husband and teenage son.

CHINA FREES DISSIDENTS

China released three dissidents, including its most famous political prisoner, Wei Jingsheng. Diplomats said the releases were timed to boost Beijing’s chances of hosting the 2000 Olympics, a decision due to be made by the International Olympic Committee this week.