New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 8, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Ghanaians 90 to pons to choose pros!dont
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Ghanaians lined up today to vote in a presidential election that pitted the street-smart, gritty incumbent against an intellectual who vowed to raise living standards and clean up the government.
Campaigning was marred by violent clashes and allegations of corruption against the government of President Jerry Racings, but there were no reports qf problems as balloting began across the West African nation.
“The eyes of the* world will be on Ghana,” Rawlings said in a televised address Friday night.
“Our stability and our orderly democratic process ... are precious and hard-won national assets. Let us not throw them away in the unguarded emotions of the electoral race.”
About 9.2 million voters were eligible to cast ballots. At stake were the presidency, held by Rawlings since 1981, and all 200 seats in the National Assembly. Results were expected Monday.
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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AF) — As Juditha Brown drove home from dinner with her family at Mez&luna, a terrible depression gripped her.
“My whole body got very heavy — something I never experienced before or after,” she testified. “It was a horrible feeling.”
The next morning, Mrs. Brown got
a phone call. Her daughter Nicole Brown Simpson was dead.
Mrs. Brown’s testimony Friday was the most emotional so far in the wrongful death trial against O.J. Simpson. Plaintiffs expect to rest their case Monday with testimony from Ronald Goldman’s father, Fred Goldman.
The defense then begins what is expected to be a three-week case with the testimony of ex-Detective Philip Vannatter. The defense has suggested he was part of a wideranging conspiracy to frame Simpson.
Simpson, 49, was acquitted last year in the killings of Ms. Simpson and Goldman. Ms. Simpson’s estate and Goldman’s family are suing Simpson.
Pa ar! Harbor survivors pay tribute to fallen comrades
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Each year, the ranks dwindle. But those who survived Japan’s fierce attack on Pearl Harbor say 55 years hasn’t dulled their vivid recollection.
“I’ve got it impressed pretty deep in my mind,” said Russell Lott, a 76-year-old retired heavy equipment operator from Fort Dodge, Iowa, who was a first-class seaman aboard the USS Arizona.
“It can’t fade away. It’s like they used an iron and burned it in there,” he said pointing to his head.
Lott and IO former shipmates returned here for today's annual memorial services for the attack that dragged the United States into World War II.
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Four Africans launch candidacies to head U.N.
By ROBERT H. REID
Associated Press Writer
UNITED NATIONS — Four prominent Africans have entered the race for the top U.N. job, and others are expected to join the contest next week after incumbent Boutros Boutros-Ghali temporarily stepped aside in the face of an unrelenting U.S. veto.
The 15-member Security Council will convene again Monday afternoon, and diplomats said they would begin a series of straw votes to eliminate the weaker candidates.
The submission of four names Friday was the first time candidates other than Boutros-Ghali had been formally submitted to the council, which must select a secretary-general and forward the name to the 185-member General Assembly for ratification before the 74-year-old Egyptian’s term ends Dec. 31.
African ambassadors jointly submitted the names of U.N. Undersecretary-General Kofi Annan of Ghana; former Niger Prime Minister Hamid Algabid; Ivory Coast Foreign Minister Amara Essy; and former special U.N. envoy Ahmedou Ould Abdallah of Mauritania.
Western and African diplomats said the names of Senegal Foreign Minister Moustapha Niasse; Salim A. Salim of Tanzania, secretary-general of
U.N. Undersecretary-general Kofi Annan, 58, of Ghana is believed to be Washington’s favorite, although U.S. officials are not backing anyone publicly for fear of jeopardizing that candidate’s chances with U.S. critics._
the Organization of African Unity; and Olara Otunnu, a former Ugandan ambassador, were expected to be submitted by Monday.
The United States vetoed Boutros-Ghali on Nov. 19, although he was supported by the other 14 members of the Security Council. U.N. Ambassador Madeleine Albright has ruled out any compromise extending Boutros-Ghali’s term.
On Wednesday, Boutros-Ghali said he remained a candidate but was stepping aside temporarily to let other Africans come forward. The Africans have demanded a second term for an African, as has been customary for U.N. chiefs from Europe, Asia and Latin America.
In principle, Boutros-Ghali could reactivate his candidacy if the other Africans fail to win the required nine “yes” votes with no vetoes by any of the five permanent council members: the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China.
But diplomats believe that is unlikely.
Annan, 58, is a longtime U.N. official and currently heads the department that oversees peacekeeping operations. He is believed to be Washington’s favorite, although U.S. officials are not backing anyone publicly for fear of jeopardizing that candidate’s chances with U.S. critics.
Algabid, 55, is secretary-general of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.
Essy served as ambassador to Brazil, Switzerland and the United Nations before becoming foreign minister of Ivory Coast. He oversaw peace talks on Liberia in 1990 and Angola in 1993 and played a major role in the recent peace accord in Sierra Leone.
Ould Abdallah, 56, is a former special U.N. envoy to Burundi, and now works for the Washington-based Coalition for Africa. He has served as Mauritania’s foreign minister and as his country's ambassador to the United States from 1973 until 1976. He clashed publicly with Boutros-Ghali over U.N. policy in Burundi while serving as special U N. envoy there.
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