- The Washington Times - Monday, August 4, 2003

MIDEAST

Mother, three children are hurt in attack

JERUSALEM — Palestinian militants wounded an Israeli mother and her three children by shooting at their car near a Jewish settlement in the West Bank yesterday, the Israeli army and rescue workers said.

The attack on a road connecting the settlement of Har Gilo to Jerusalem was a rare flare-up of violence since Palestinian militants waging a 34-month-old uprising against Israeli occupation declared a three-month truce on June 29.

“We have evacuated a woman aged 39 and a 9-year-old girl who were wounded,” a spokesman for Israel’s Magen David Ambulance Service said. The woman’s two other children, aged 12 and 16, also were hurt, officials said.

An Israeli army spokesman said the woman was seriously wounded, her 9-year-old daughter was moderately hurt and her two other children suffered light injuries.

SOUTH KOREA

Executive takes his life in 2000 summit scandal

SEOUL — Chung Mong-hun, a top executive of the Hyundai conglomerate who was embroiled in a scandal over a historic 2000 summit between the two Koreas, committed suicide today, police said.

Mr. Chung was on trial on charges stemming from accusations that his company helped former President Kim Dae-jung’s government secretly pay North Korea $100 million to get Pyongyang to agree to the summit.

“Mr. Chung jumped off his office in the 12th floor of the Hyundai headquarters building” in central Seoul at about 6 a.m., said a police officer.

AFGHANISTAN

Hundreds of advisers sought for ministries

KABUL — Afghanistan and the United States are discussing bringing in hundreds of advisers to Kabul ministries to accelerate postwar reconstruction under a new $1 billion U.S. aid pledge, a government official said yesterday

“We are considering the modalities under which U.S. and other experts could come and work in designated ministries,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Omar Samad said, while adding that the jobs would go to qualified Afghan expatriates if enough can be found.

Ambassador William Taylor, newly appointed U.S. coordinator for Afghanistan, said on Friday that advisers could be sent to help Afghanistan take advantage of aid flows and accelerate rebuilding efforts.

MIDEAST

Militants end standoff at Arafat’s compound

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian officials said yesterday they had resolved a dispute over 17 militants held at gunpoint in Yasser Arafat’s compound without ordering their arrest.

An Israeli minister had said movement of the men to Palestinian Authority supervision in Jericho could help Israel to decide to lift the siege and pull out of the West Bank town of Ramallah.

But Abdel Fattah Hamayel, a Palestinian minister responsible for negotiating with the militants, said the men “will not be sent to Jericho, they will not be arrested. … What is still being negotiated is how their security can be assured.”

NIGER

Exoneration sought on Iraq uranium charges

NIAMEY — Niger’s president demanded the U.N. nuclear agency exonerate it of any claims that it had any uranium dealings with Iraq, a widely discounted accusation included in President Bush’s State of the Union address.

The Vienna-based U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency should “publicly wash Niger of all suspicions before the U.N. Security Council,” President Mamadou Tandja said in a televised address late Saturday.

“Without that, our country can only remain harmed and hampered by a situation in which it isn’t implicated in any way,” Mr. Tandja said in the independence day speech.

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