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Killer quake hits Colombia; buildings toppled
PEREIRA, Colombia (AP) - A
powerful earthquake rocked western
Colombia yesterday, flattening apart-
ment buildings and homes and killing
at least 28 people. About 200 people
Hardest hit was the city of Pereira,
where at least 20 people were killed
and 135 injured by collapsing build-
ings and walls, according to city offi-
The death toll was expected to
rise, said a police captain at the site of
what was once a five-story apartment
building. Rescuers worked into the
night, trying to find three women
thought to be alive in the pancaked
"There are still many corpses left
under there,"said the policeman, who
identified himself only as Capt.
The quake, which struck at 1:41
p.m., had a preliminary magnitude of
6.5 and was centered about 175 miles
west of the capital of Bogota, or about
75 miles west of Pereira, the Geo-
physical Institute of the Andes re-
ported. The Seismologic Institute of
the West in California measured the
quake at magnitude 6.2.
The quake was felt strongly in
Bogota, causing people to flee build-
ings and interrupting telephone ser-
vice, but no damage was reported in
In Pereira, rescuers, working un-
der the glare of spotlights and
streetlights, used forklifts and back-
hoes to remove debris. In areas where
survivors might be, they moved the
debris by hand.
Civilians dug shoulder-to-shoul-
der with soldiers, police and
firefighters through the rubble of ce-
ment and bricks.
At one site, a boy was pulled from
the debris. A firefighter, his yellow
slicker smudged with dirt, gently
cradled the boy in his arms and car-
ried him away.
Rescue efforts would continue
through the night, said Col. Gonzalo
de Jesus Jimenez Diaz, the municipal
About 150 people crowded out-
side Pereira's main hospital, anx-
ious for word on missing or injured
relatives or waiting to identify the
Frightened residents wandered the
streets of the city of 700,000 people,
about 100 miles west of Bogota. Hos-
pitals were jammed with injured.
Mayor Juan Manuel Buitrago de-
creed an overnight curfew in the most-
affected parts of Pereira.
Eight deaths were reported in other
towns in western Colombia, includ-
ing two people who died of heart
attacks during the quake in Neiva and
About 200 people were injured in
all, said Gen. Luis Enrique
Montenegro, deputy director of the
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1st Black astronaut flies Navajo flag
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -Before Bernard Harris
Jr. was allowed to take a Navajo flag aboard Discovery,
tribal medicine men had to bless it with corn pollen and
make sure the space shuttle's path fit with their beliefs: It
had to orbit clockwise.
When the Navajo derided that from their viewpoint,
Discovery's orbit met the requirement, all signals were go
for Harris to carry the first Navajo item in space. NASA
allows astronauts to carry up a few small belongings.
"I'm flying this flag for them because being there I
could see their plight as the original Americans," said Harris
Harris, a 38-year-old Black physician who lived on a Navajo reservation from
ages 7 to 15. His mother taught at U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs schools.
Harris, who will become the first Black to spacewalk today, approached the
Navajo in December about taking some tribal item with him on the mission.
After the eight-day flight, scheduled to end Saturday, the flag will be
returned to the Navajos.
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GOP, Clinton differ
on baseball strike
WASHINGTON - President
Clinton asked Congress yesterday to
force baseball's feuding players and
owners to accept binding arbitration
to end their 6-month-old strike. But
his proposal met immediate opposi-
tion from Republican leaders and ren-
egade Democrats and appeared un-
likely to get to first base.
Clinton acted after the players and
owners refused to accept his proposals
for a truce during almost five hours of
talks at the White House Tuesday night.
"If we want a 1995 baseball sea-
son, this may be the last resort," La-
bor Secretary Robert Reich told re-
porters after delivering the proposed
legislation to the Capitol.
The administration proposal would
authorize Clinton to appoint a three-
member board of neutral arbitrators,
and require the players and owners to
accept whatever deal they produce.
Without such a law, the President has
no power to impose a settlement.
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fear war will spread
GAZI-YURT, Russia --Wary of
Russian troops in their midst and
mindful of the Caucasus region's tur-
bulent history, residents of areas bor-
dering Chechnya are bracing for the
spread of the war.
Ominous signs exist that the nearly
two-month conflict may explode out-
side Chechnya - in neighboring
Dagestan and particularly Ingushetia,
which Russia increasingly accuses of
harboring Chechen rebels.
Russian forces have bombarded
the Ingush border village of Arshty,
calling it a stronghold of Chechen
fighters. Ingush officials said yester-
day that the villages of Datykh and
Alkul also have been pounded.
Ingush residents accuse the army
of spreading terror by firing frequently
on civilians' homes that line the main
road leading west into Chechnya.
Perched halfway up a ridge over-
looking the road, the small village of
Gazi-Yurt is regularly blasted by
tanks, armored personnel carriers and
helicopters coming into Chechnya.
"I think Russian troops want war
in Ingushetia," said Musa Malayev,
standing outside his damaged home.
But Congressional Republican lead-
ers said they see no need for such fed-
eral intervention at this point.
. "We're trying to get government
out of things, not into things," Senate
Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.)
CIA nominee aims to i
overhaul spy culture
WASHINGTON - President
Clinton chose a retired military of-
ficer with no direct experience in the
intelligence trade to head the troubled
CIA so that his chief loyalty and ac-
countability would be to the president
and not to entrenched interests in the
intelligence community, officials said 0
Retired Air Force Gen. Michael
P.C. Carns was seen as an ideal can-
didate for the job because of his repu-
tation as a creative thinker and tough
manager during his 35-year Air Force
career and because he is not a product
of the far-flung, $28-billion-a-year
government intelligence apparatus.
The brick walls are pocked with
holes, and the dining room is- a
shambles: broken windows, curtains
shredded by gunfire, chunks of plas-
ter ripped from the ceilings and walls.
NATO seeks joint N.
Africa, Mideast plan
PARIS - NATO decided yester-
day to open talks with five North
African and Middle Eastern states to
develop ajoint strategy to combat any
security threat posed by Islamic fun-
The decision to launch a dialogue*
with Egypt, Israel, Morocco, Tunisia
and Mauritania was made by NATO
ambassadors after a strategy review
concluded that the alliance needs to
pay greater attention to the dangers of
instability on its southern flank.
Since the collapse of the Soviet
- empire, NATO has wrestled with the
dilemma of how to incorporate the
new democracies in Eastern Europe
without antagonizing Moscow. Prepa- @
rations to expand NATO to include
Poland, Hungary and the Czech Re-
public as full members have prompted
warnings from Moscow of new East-
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