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2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 11, 2000

NATION/WORLD

British ree Sierra Leone hostes

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) - Launch-
ing a dawn strike on a swampy base belonging to a
maverick army gang, British troops ended a two-
week hostage drama yesterday and freed all six
British officers and a Sierra Leonean soldier held
captive. One British paratrooper was killed.
The rescue mission, authorized by British Prime
Minister Tony Blair and Sierra Leone President
Ahmed Tejan Kabbah, was carried out after the
captors "threatened repeatedly to kill the
hostages" in this war-ravaged West African coun-
try, British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon said.
Helicopter-borne British paratroopers exchanged
heavy fire with the Sierra Leone renegades, the
West Side Boys, at their creekside base surrounded
by mangrove swamps and jungle, British Chief of
the Defense Staff General Sir Charles Guthrie said.

A paratrooper was killed while carrying out the
rescue operation and another was seriously injured
although his wounds were not considered life-
threatening, a British Defense Ministry
spokesman said, speaking on condition of
anonymity. Another I11 British soldiers suffered
less serious wounds. About 150 soldiers took part
in the raid.
"These casualties are regrettable, but are at the
low end of the scale for such a difficult and com-
plex operation," the spokesman said. "Our
thoughts are with the families of all those
involved."
Twenty-five members of the West Side Boys,
including three women fighters, were also killed
and 18, including gang leader "Brigadier" Foday
Kallay, were captured by the British, the

spokesman said.
A senior U.N. peacekeeping- of'ficer, Jordanian
Brig. Ahmed Serhan, said an unknown number of
renegades surrendered to U.N. troops. Those who
did not voluntarily give themselves up "face the
full penalty of the law," Sierra Leone Information
Minister Julius'Spencer warned without elaborat-
ing.
"It was a very difficult operation," Spencer said.
"We hope this sends a message to (Sierra Leone
rebel groups) to give up their arms."
The rescue mission centered on the West Side
Boys camp in the Occra Hills, where the hostages
had been held since Aug. 25. Five other British
soldiers captured in the same group were released
Aug. 30. The base is some 45 miles east of the
capital, Freetown.

comes back all

ACROSS THE NATiON
Talks of electric deregulation possible
WASHINGTON -Despite problems stemming from utility deregulatidtfl
California, momentum is gathering in Congress to loosen some of the rules of
competition in the electric power industry.
A plethora of electricity-related bills, some with bipartisan support, have been
debated in the last year in the House and Senate, with active encouragement fron;
the Clinton administration. These debates have set the stage for possible action in
the next Congress. ,S
One proposal that has gained steam would repeal a New Deal-era statute .tbat
was aimed at limiting the growth and business activities of large corporate utilitigs.
Another would seek to create more wholesale competition by easing barries to
transmission on the nation's interstate power grid.
Some of the key players in the federal debate will appear in San Diego todayas
the energy and power subcommittee of the House Commerce Committee conducts
a fact-finding hearing on the electric rate crisis that struck there in the wake of Cal-
ifornia's deregulation of electricity markets.
The state's experience, in fact, has led some to caution against the push for
national deregulation.
Rep. Bob Filner (D-San Diego) warned the House last week that it should o
closely at what has happened in the area he represents, where electric bills dou e
or tripled almost overnight.
Fertility drug sales and sell leftover fertility drugs v ithou
J fear of prosecution.
move undergrgund For many women, the incentives are
huge. The cost of the most effective
WASHINGTON - As increasing treatment - in vitro fertilization (IF)
numbers of women seek treatment for - - is roughly 510,000, and often sever-
infertility, the combination of sky-high al rounds of treatment are needed
costs and skimpy insurance coverage before a woman gets pregnant.
has created a thriving underground
market in patient-to-patient drug sales. into
According to knowledgeable partici- gumel turns into
pants, thousands of individual women brawl at soccer gamme
and couples are obtaining fertility
drugs at discount prices from other SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. --A
patients who bought more of the med- tied soccer game between 8- and49
ications than they needed. year-old boys ended in a brawl among
Buyers and sellers typically meet on their parents Sunday after a disagree
the Internet, either directly or with the ment over where a coach was standing,
assistance of informal fertility drug police said.
brokers who provide their services at A shootout was to take pla@
no cost. They sometimes meet in doc- between the teams - one from Staten
tors' offices and infertility clinics, Island, N.Y., and the other from North,
some of which allow patients to post Hunterdon -- but before it could. a
notices of drugs for sale. Staten Island coach argued that a Nrth
Drug sales between patients are ille- Hunterdon coach shouldn't be alloe
gal, federal and state authorities say, to stand behind the goal. The argument
and cary penalties in some states that escalated into a fistfight with as may
include jail time. But so far authorities as a dozen parents and coaches.
have not monitored them aggressively, involved. No children were involved.
leaving women relatively free to buy South Brunswick police said.
New legislature a tiveTung Che-hwa, nor his govern
b~ ~merit faced the prospect of losing
blow to Democrats power in yesterday's voting, although'a
strong showing by the Democrats
HONG KONG --- In an apparent would have embarrassed lung, compli-
reflection of reduced public worry cated his ability to govern and heig4
about meddling from Beijing, the ened prospects that Beijing might have
Democratic Party suffered a setback to approve a new candidate for the job
yesterday in elections for Hong Kong's in 2002, when Tung's term is due.rto
Legislative Council, slipping from expire.
nearly half the directly elected seats in
the chamber to just over a third, 3 missing after attack
according to initial exit polls.
Under Hong Kong's complex post- on aylasian island
colonial political system, which is
committed to a gradual transition to KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia '
full democracy, less than half of the Gunmen stormed an island resort o
Legislative Council members are cho- northeastern Borneo, and t'ree
sen directly by the general population, Malaysians were missing after0,t
meaning that voters were in effect assailants fled in a speedboat tov fi
electing the opposition, not the govern- Philippine waters, police said yesterday.
merit. Police were trying to determine if
"Free but not yet democratic" was the gunmen in the Padanan Island
the verdict on the balloting from politi- attack had taken the Malaysi~ans
cal analyst Robert Broadfoot," manag- hostage, SulaimanJunaidi, police chief
ing director of Political and Economic in Semporna town, told The Associat-
Risk Consultancy Ltd., a locally based ed Press by telephone.
group that studies regional issues.
Neither the territory's chief execu- - Comipdedfivm Daily wire rpor"

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