By The Associated Press
Here are the texts of the statements released on Sunday by Hamas and the Islamic Jihad groups in Gaza City and by Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement in the West Bank, declaring the beginning of a truce to halt attacks against Israelis.
Fatah declared a six-month truce, while the Islamic groups' cease-fire is three months.
By BORZOU DARAGAHI, Associated Press Writer
GUSHTAPA, Iraq - Iraq has begun expelling families from a 20-mile-long strip of land between the autonomous Kurdish north and the rest of the country, leading to speculation Saddam Hussein is creating a buffer to defend against a U.S. invasion.
The Iraqi government has also placed forces of Mujahedeen Khalq, a militant Iranian opposition group under Saddam's control, near the Kurdish boundary, said Rasool Razgai, an official of the Kurdistan Democratic Party.
By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN
Associated Press Writer
BEIJING (AP) A helicopter carrying U.N. disaster relief officials crashed in Mongolia on Sunday, killing nine people, including five foreigners, officials said. Fourteen people were injured, 10 of them critically.
The Russian-made MI-8 helicopter spun out of control about 50 meters (165 feet) off the ground, crashed and exploded in flames in northwestern Mongolia at 12:30 p.m., said a Mongolian civil defense official who goes by only one name, Batchuluun.
Four members of a U.N.
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 struck western Turkey on Monday, shaking much of the same area devastated by the Aug. 17 killer quake, Turkey's seismological institute reported. Several people were injured, apparently when they jumped from buildings.
The quake, which struck at 2:55 p.m. (1155 GMT), was centered on Izmit, some 80 kilometers (50 miles) southeast of Istanbul, the city's Kandilli Observatory reported.
Greece's Thessaloniki Geodynamic Institute said the quake had a moment magnitude of 6.8.
By PETE McFARREN, Associated Press Writer
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) Fires fueled by 105 kph (65 mph) winds destroyed several hundred homes and a local hospital Saturday, killing at least two people in an eastern farming town, town officials said.
Lack of rains in the tropical Bolivian lowlands contributed to the fire in Ascencion de Guarayos. On Saturday, local officials said the town's water pumps had been destroyed, cutting off water to some area residents. The lack of water also hampered efforts to contain the flames.
KINSHASA, Congo (AP-Dow Jones)--The
United Nations refugee agency began
pulling its staff out of eastern Congo on Monday, three days after being
expelled by the Congolese government.
'We're leaving with all deliberate speed,' Pierce Gerety, regional director of
operations for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, said in Nairobi, Kenya.
Gerety said nine staff members had flown out of Goma, a town in eastern Congo,
to Kenya on Monday.
Six more staff members - including two from other agencies who are currently
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Two rival factions battled in south Mogadishu Tuesday, killing at least nine people, including three residents of a refugee camp for Somalis displaced by six years of civil war.
Sixteen others were wounded in the latest round of fighting, which broke out a day after the leaders of Somalia's three rival factions named mediators for peace talks.
It was not clear when representatives for Hussein Aidid, Ali Mahdi Mohamed and Osman Hassan Ali, known as Atto, would meet.
A militia leader loyal to Ali Mahdi accused Aidid's forces of starting the …
GOMA, Zaire (Oct 27, 1996 01:25 a.m. EDT) -- Attackers believed to be Rwandan soldiers ambushed a Rwandan refugee camp on Saturday, killing at least four people, wounding hundreds and setting off a stampede of more than 200,000 people.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- In a bid to boost the local economy and humanitarian relief efforts, faction leader Hussein Aidid agreed Monday to reopen an airport under his control.
By JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- U.N. officials discovered dozens of fresh graves Monday in western Liberia, evidence that rebels may be violating a cease-fire signed last week.
More than a dozen other cease-fires also have failed to halt the 7-year-old civil war, which has killed more than 150,000 people. Liberia's six warlords are still jockeying for power before they disarm their 60,000 combatants.
LAREDO, Texas (AP) -- A Rwandan pastor was charged Friday with ordering the slaughter of hundreds of men, women and children he had duped into coming to his church to seek shelter from the African nation's ethnic turmoil.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Heightening tensions on the Ethiopian-Somali border, Ethiopian soldiers exchanged fire with a Somali faction, U.N. officials said Wednesday.
The faction was trying to seize the border town of Dolo.
Hussein Ali, a spokesman for the Somali Muslim militant group Al-Itihad Al-Islam, said in Nairobi that the fighting Monday killed five Ethiopian soldiers and eight militants.
In August, Ethiopian troops seized Dolo, previously held by the Muslim group.
By JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Rival militias signed a cease-fire Tuesday that could allow food to reach thousands of civilians trapped for months in areas cut off by fighting.
The commanders of the Ulimo-K and Ulimo-J factions agreed to end fighting by midnight Tuesday. They also agreed to dismantle all roadblocks on a highway leading to the northwest, where tens of thousands of people are believed to need food and medicine urgently.
By GEORGE GEDDA
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than 2,000 Iraqi refugees are due to be on U.S. soil in the Pacific by Thursday even as the United States struggles to resettle thousands of other Iraqi dissidents stranded at refugee camps since the Persian Gulf War.
Under the new program, U.S.-sponsored charter flights are expected to evacuate 2,075 Iraqis to Guam from their temporary refuge in southeastern Turkey.
About half that number had worked on U.S.
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) -- Surging waters swept through shantytowns near the Sudanese capital, killing dozens of people and leaving thousands homeless, Sudanese television reported Monday.
The floods were the latest to devastate the poor region around Khartoum, where the White Nile and Blue Nile converge.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Zairean troops beat up two U.N. staffers after television reports claimed that U.N. agencies were helping armed Rwandan soldiers infiltrate the country, U.N. sources said Monday.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea thanked international organizations Saturday for unprecedented humanitarian aid for flood victims.
Flooding this year and last created food shortages that have left nearly all 24 million North Koreans on the brink of starvation, U.N. officials say. For the first time, the isolated communist state that preaches self-reliance publicly requested outside help.