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  TURKEY WARNS GREECE OF WAR -- March 1 - Turkey’s President, Suleyman Demirel, yesterday renewed a threat of military action against Greece and called on Nato allies to slap sanctions on Athens for supporting the imprisoned Kurdish leader, Abdullah Ocalan’s, outlawed group. Turkey, he said, would fight off any attempts to disrupt its unity. "The reality is that Turkey is in a state of self-defense," Demirel said. "Turkey will do whatever is necessary for its self-defense." One of the (Nato) allies, Greece, is supporting a bloody movement so that Turkey is attacked from within. Now, is this not disgraceful?" He first hinted last week that Turkey could use military force against Greece unless it renounced support to Ocalan’s Kurdistan Workers’ Party. Ocalan was captured and brought to Turkey 12 days ago after he left the Greek Ambassador’s residence in Nairobi, Kenya, where he had been sheltered. Greece has denied the accusations by Turkey that it has assisted the Kurds with training and weapons, saying that it only helped Ocalan as a humanitarian gesture. The PKK has been fighting for autonomy in Turkey’s southeast since 1984. (Bahrain Tribune)

 DRAFT IN EGYPT'S PARLIAMENT FOR CANCELING PEACE TREATY WITH ISRAEL - March 1 - An independent deputy in the Egyptian parliament, Ahmed Yehia, said that he will present a draft law that calls for canceling the peace treaty with Israel. The explanatory note of the draft law that justified canceling the treaty stated that peace conditions with Israel had ended with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's declaration that Egypt is his country's southern enemy. (Arabic News)

 CENTRAL UGANDA ROCKED BY EARTHQUAKE -- March 1 - A magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck the city and its surroundings last Thursday. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from the shaking. Uganda is one of the most earthquake-prone countries on the African continent. Tremors are a frequent occurrence along the Rift Valley in western Uganda and the Katonga Break joining Lake Victoria and Lake George. Two weeks ago, two tremors, each measuring a magnitude of 3.5, rocked the same area. (Earth Alert)

 AMERICANS ARE URGED TO STOCK UP FOR Y2K- -Americans should prepare for the year 2000 computer bug like they would a hurricane, by stocking up on canned food and bottled water in case vital services are cut off. Global trade could also be disrupted because major U.S. trading partners, including Japan and oil producers Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. "This problem is real," Sen. Robert Bennett, chairman of the Senate's special committee on the Y2K problem. "This will not be the end of the world as we know it. But we have to stay on top of it. (Kelly Pagatpatan, Reuters)