East Meets West In Ohio

When Arata Isozaki speaks of east meeting west in his new building for COSI, a science center in Columbus, Ohio, he's speaking strictly in local terms. For his third commission in the United States, the acclaimed Japanese architect wanted to bridge two aspects of the Midwestern city. On the site, in a bend of a river, stood an old Beaux-Arts building, which he incorporated into his design. "That side of the center would be facing east, to the old European side of the city," he says. "The other...

Kabila And The North Koreans, Nuclear Dread In So

What are North Korean troops doing in Africa's prime uranium-producing region? U.S. intelligence sources are worried about reports that put Pyongyang troops at a uranium mine in Shinkolobwe, about 100 miles northwest of Lubumbashi in Congo. The sources also say that North Koreans are believed to be helping train President Laurent Kabila's ragtag army in Lubumbashi and in the capital, Kinshasa.But what really has Washington worried is what North Korea might be getting in return. Pyongyang's...

Coke And The Colonel's Wife

The U.S. Army insists Col. James Hiett had no idea he might have been sleeping with the enemy. Since last summer, Hiett had been in command of the 200 American military personnel waging a difficult campaign against Colombia's drug traffickers. But according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., last week, Hiett's wife, Laurie Anne, 36, was using the mail service at the American Embassy in Bogota to send cocaine to the United States.Court papers say the smuggling was...

Terror In The Tokyo Skies

Passengers aboard All Nippon Airways Flight 61 immediately noticed something strange about 28-year-old Yuji Nishizawa: his body was twitching and he wore a pair of dirty cotton gloves. Still, none of the 503 travelers bound from Tokyo to Sapporo imagined what would happen next. Nishizawa pulled out a 20-cm kitchen knife, muscled his way into the cockpit and ordered the pilot, 51-year-old Naoyuki Nagashima, to turn the plane around. "I wanted to soar through the air," Nishizawa reportedly told...

A Little Hard To Swallow

Coca-Cola officials were out to reassure the public last week when they arrived at a Paris news conference calmly sipping from their trademark red-and-white cans. But that bit of spin quickly backfired. When a group of journalists heckled them, the only response one official could muster was: "I'm thirsty, OK?"The moment capped a week full of missteps by Coca-Cola. The company was trying to quell a widening--and widely exaggerated-- health scare in Europe over the safety of its soft drinks. It...

A Little Help From Our Friends

It's no secret that a steady stream of international KLA volunteers has been flying into Albania's capital, virtually since the Kosovo crisis began. But NEWSWEEK has learned that hundreds of young ethnic Albanians from Western Europe have also been landing, unnoticed, in Skopje's international airport in Macedonia. Arriving on scheduled flights in groups of up to 100, they are slipped into Albania and on into Kosovo to join KLA forces there.Passengers receive superficial immigration and customs...

A Model Musician

Four years ago Nina Kotova was an up-and-coming model, sashaying down runways in Fendi furs and pouting for the pages of French Glamour and Cosmo. But when a British management company offered her the chance to play a debut solo recital in London's Wigmore Hall, she promptly abandoned the catwalk. She hasn't looked back since. Last summer the Moscow-born cellist joined the prestigious roster of Columbia Artists Management. She recently signed an exclusive recording deal with Philips Classics...

Murder And Mystery At Yosemite

For four weeks police, family and volunteers have combed the rugged terrain in and near California's Yosemite National Park looking for three missing women: Carole Sund, a 42-year-old mother of four from Eureka, California, her cheerleader daughter Julie, 15, and a 16-year-old Argentine exchange student named Silvina Pelossa. Last week a passerby found their red car, a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix, charred an ugly yellow-brown from a fire. Inside the trunk were two bodies burned beyond recognition....

Itic-Itis

When the the Guangdong International Trust & Investment Corporation (GITIC) filed for bankruptcy early this month, it shook international confidence in the ""ITIC'' sector--corporations that serve as foreign-investment arms of local governments. The decision to let GITIC go under was as political as it was financial. NEWSWEEK has learned that the Guangdong provincial authorities had accumulated what one source called a ""slush fund'' to bail out GITIC, and the day before its collapse a...

A New Giant

EVEN IN THE MEGABUCKS world of mobile telephony, this one is big. Vodafone, Britain's largest and most successful cellular-phone company, is paying more than $60 billion for AirTouch, a leading U.S. concern. That trumps a bid by rival Bell Atlantic and makes the deal one of the biggest in corporate history. The new outfit will be the only truly global wireless operator--with coverage on five continents--and gives it the scale to challenge the giants among the fixed-line operators such as AT&T....

Chez Benito

TO ESCAPE THE ILL WINDS OF war, Benito Mussolini and his mistress often relaxed aboard their 120-foot yacht, the Chryseis. If they could find comfort there, the ship's current owners are betting that a new generation of work-weary warriors will, too. Pat and Bonnie Hicks of Texas are renovating the two-masted schooner and turning it into a floating bed-and-breakfast due to open in March. They're restoring such historical details as the hull, masts and compass stand, and updating the boat's...

Here Comes The Euro

Not so fast. For now, the euro exists only electronically--that is, European consumers can make payments in euros by writing checks, charging their credit cards or making bank transfers. Starting this week European stock and bond trades will be conducted entirely in euros, as will bank transactions and much business-to-business activity. Euro notes and coins will go into circulation on Jan. 1, 2002. Francs, lire, Deutsche marks and other member states' local currencies will be museum relics by...

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