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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - December 21, 1999, Darmstadt, HesseTuesday december 21, 1999 stars and stripes Page 19 death toll soars in flooding by Bart Jones the associated press la Glaira Venezuela refugees streamed in by the thou Sands from the areas hardest hit by massive floods and mudslides while health officials painted a worsening picture in the after math of Venezuela s worst Natu ral disaster this Century. The death toll was estimated at More than 5,000, foreign minis Ter Jose Vicente Rangel said. Military helicopters filled the skies above the International air port in la Glaira monday drop Ping off survivors and quickly Tak ing off in search of More. Or. Arturo Contreras coordinating first Aid at the Airport s makeshift Field Hospital said More fluids were needed to treat children suffering from diarrhoea caused by dehydration hunger and drinking contaminated water. Some 150,000 people Are Home less and at least 6,000 have been reported missing Many of whom Are presumed dead. Speaking to reporters at the air port defense minister Gen. Raul Salazar said troops were search ing meter by meter House by House for people who might still be alive under mudslides and rub ble. National civil defense chief Angel Vargas told the associated press that 40,000 people had been evacuated from devastated areas hit by torrential Rains last week and predicted 15,000 More would Alvaro Hernandez Hig associated press a woman covers her face As res Cue workers dig out the bodies of some of her neighbors victims of wednesday s floods in Caracas Venezuela. Be transported to safety in the next 48 at Caracas cemetery dug 1,500 Graves for people buried by a mudslide along the carib bean coast. Pictures of the dead with disfigured faces were posted at the cemetery s Entrance. Hundreds of anxious relatives gathered at the Gates praying that none of the photographs belonged to a loved one and crying when they casualty estimates were even higher than 5,000. The Al Universal newspaper the coun try s main daily ran a front Page article on sunday citing la Glaira s mayor Lenin Marcario As saying he estimated 25,000 dead in the port City. Unity party in Leadin russian elections by Greg Myke the Moscow the pro Krem Lin Unity party led centrist groups monday to their Stron Gest election showing in the Post soviet Era and provided a ring ing endorsement of prime minis Ter Vladimir Putin and his presidential ambitions centrist groups accounted for four of the six leading parties in sunday s voting and were set to claim More than half the seats parliament s lower House Testate Duma As a result presi Dent Boris Yeltsin who will be replaced in the june presiden tial elections could have a cooperative parliament for the first time and economic reforms Are Likely to face less resistance. Unity and the communist party were running neck and neck monday for the top spot with More than 84 percent of the votes counted the communists had a slight Edge with 24.2 percent of the vote compared to23.4 percent for Unity. The communists were the largest single faction in the out going parliament and May Well be again but their hard line allies fared poorly and communist influence appeared Likely to drop perhaps the biggest Winner fall was Putin who was not on the ballot sunday but now appears to be the front runner to replace unknown bureaucrat when he was named prime min ister in August Putin has seen his popularity soar due largely to Russia s military offensive against the breakaway territory of Chechnya the conflict has gone Well for Russia so far but support for the War and Putin s popularity could decline if the fighting goes on for months and have voted for a firm hand said Galina Veli Kohani a 59, a retired microbiologist from watching an inac Tive president is such a Humilia Tion for the nation. Nobody knows who Putin really is. Put he started doing something and people cheered Ricardo Mazalan the associated press venezuelan marines carry an injured woman onto a Navy ferry in Cara balled located in the Vargas state just North of the capital Caracas sunday. China moves into Macau sets its sights on Taiwan by William Foreman the associated press Macau trucks carrying White gloved chinese soldiers gripping rifles rumbled across Macau s Border at noon monday As China wasted no time absorb ing this chunk of territory lost Cen Turies ago to a colonial Power. Many Macau residents Hope the troops will help deter warring triad gangs that have scared away tourists and killed at least 37 people during the past year in this former portuguese gambling enclave which until Midnight sunday was the last european Possession in Asia. The return of Macau to China moved the Beijing leadership closer to unifying the country of 1.2 billion people a grand goal that has defined the great chinese dynasties but has eluded the communist government since it took Power 50 years ago. Now China is missing Only one More key piece of real estate Tai wan. Chinese president Jiang Zemin fixed his nation s focus on the Island in his speech Early Mon Day that wrapped up the Macau handover ceremony. Jiang urged an Early Settle ment of the Taiwan question and the Complete National Reu Ifica China and Taiwan split amid civil War in 1949, and re main far from re unifying. The chinese Leader mentioned Taiwan again in another speech monday saying Macau s return will give a positive push for re covering the Island 90 Miles off China s Southeast coast. After the 500 people s libera Tion army soldiers arrived Mon Day Macau celebrated with a Parade featuring dancing musicians clanging cymbals rows of skip Ping children waving red hand kerchiefs and two Long dancing dragons that snaked their Way Down avenues lined with cheer ing people in this tiny parcel of land in Southern China. We feel safer when we know the Pla soldiers Are Here especially for night workers like my self said to of to 55, a restau rant Portugal s red and Green Flag came Down and was replaced by a red communist chinese ban Ner the portuguese ended 442 years of colonial Rule in Macau a Peninsula and two islands in the Pearl River Delta in Southern China. The enclave is 40 Miles West of Hong Kong which the British returned to China in 1997. War chief arrested banja Luka Bosnia Herze Govina nato soldiers arrested a wartime commander of the bos Nian serb army on monday Block ing his car breaking a a window to drag him out and wrestling him to the ground before taking him away an eyewitness said. Nato confirmed that someone was detained but refused further comment on the arrest also re ported by Yugoslavia s state run Tan Jug news Agency and con firmed by police in the Muslim and croat part of Bosnia. Stanislav Galic commander of the bosnian serb corps that kept Sarajevo under siege during the 1992-95 War was detained Mon Day morning in banja Luka said witnesses to the arrest who asked for anonymity. 2 mass Graves found Daubara East timor International peacekeepers in East timor monday found the remains of More than two dozen bodies in two mass burial Sites they fear May contain More than 100 Vic Tims killed by anti Independence militia gangs and indonesian troops. Australian Navy divers have re covered the remains of about a dozen bodies that were apparently dumped in a Lake at Daubara seven Miles West of the coastal town of Liquita. More were feared to be buried there. They Are believed to be the Vic Tims of a bloody april 6 attack on parishioners at Liquita s main roman Catholic Church. Castro Calls for protests Havana president Fidel Castro called cuban citizens Back to the streets outside the . Diplomatic Mission on monday to de Mand the return of a 6-year-old cuban boy who is the focus of an International custody dispute. In a declaration issued Early monday Castro announced that citizens would assemble for a mass demonstration in the evening outside the . Interests Section along Havana s Seaside Boulevard. The protest is the first since More than 2 million cubans marched dec. 10 in cities and towns across this Caribbean is land to demand the return of Elian Gomez who was sent to relatives in Miami after being found clinging to an inner tube thanks giving Day. Israeli Border plan nixed Jerusalem an israeli proposal on final Borders based on is Rael s Security needs and its de mands for continued sovereignty in major jewish settlements was rejected monday by palestinian negotiators a palestinian official official who spoke on condition of anonymity said israeli negotiator Oded eran told his palestinian counterpart Yasser Abedrabbo that the Borders be tween Israel and the palestinians in a final peace settlement must accommodate Israel s Security needs and preserve some Settle ments. Rom the associated press

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