The Soviet Union has lodged more than five protests because the Japanese government would not let it see the Russian pilot who flew a MiG-25 jet to Japan and asked for asylum in the US, a Soviet embassy official said. The pilot would leave for the US in the next two days aboard a scheduled civilian airliner, a senior Japanese foreign ministry official said. The pilot, identified as Viktor Ivanovich Belenk, has been undergoing questioning at a police building not far from Tokyo international airport. The Japanese official, however, refuted reports from Washington that US intelligence officials had inspected the MiG-25. He said the Soviet Union was demanding that the jet fighter be returned, untouched along with the pilot. Foreign Minister Kiichi Miyazawa said the Soviet request could not be met since the aircraft had violated Japanese airspace and the authorities must first complete investigation of the affair.
GE To Clean River
General Electric in a negotiated settlement with New York State agreed to pay three million dollars for cleansing the Hudson of the highly toxic polychlorinated biphenyl that it has been dumping in the river. GE will also pay a million dollars for research on the problem. The outcome was hailed by environmentalists as a major victory.
S Africa Riots
Six persons were killed and many more injured as riots continued to rock South Africa. Police said four men were shot dead and many more were injured during rioting in Capetown’s coloured townships.
Vinoba Calls Off Fast
Acharya Vinoba Bhave called off his anti-cow slaughter campaign and cancelled an indefinite fast on the issue he had announced he would start on September 11, his birthday.