News In Brief
Protestant leaders were warning of a return to 20 more years of direct British rule in Northern Ireland if, as expected, a disarmament report showed no Irish Republican Army weapons had yet been surrendered. Its release was delayed as the Monitor went to press, an apparent 11th-hour attempt by the province's independent disarmament commission to find language that would defuse the likely crisis. The North's largest Protestant group, the Ulster Unionist Party, is to vote Feb. 12 on pulling out of the self-rule government if the report documents no progress.
The former armed-forces chief of Indonesia was one of five senior commanders accused of crimes against humanity in last year's violent campaign against independence in East Timor. General Wiranto was cited in a report by the government-appointed Investigative Commission on Human Rights Abuses, which detailed "mass killings, torture, kidnapping, violence against women, forced evacuations, and total destruction of property." President Abdurrahman Wahid, attending the World Economic Forum meeting in Switzerland, said he'd fire Wiranto, now Indonesia's political and security-affairs minister.
The grandmothers of Elian Gonzalez were treated to a heroes' welcome on their return to Cuba, despite failing to bring the boy home from the US. Hundreds of thousands of people lined the 16-mile route from the airport to Havana's Convention Palace, where one of the women said only "a tiny group" of Americans oppose sending Elian back to Cuba. The championship game of the national soccer tournament was postponed so the parade and rally could be held.