- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 5, 2003

IRAN

Clemency ordered for students

TEHRAN — Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has told the courts to exercise “clemency” toward students arrested during demonstrations in June and July, the state Islamic Republic News Agency said yesterday.

IRNA said Ayatollah Khamenei had accepted the recommendations of his representatives in the country’s universities, notably the University of Tehran, the focus of the unrest.

Dozens of students arrested at the demonstrations against the regime are still in prison.

QATAR

Emir names new crown prince

DOHA — Qatari Emir Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani issued a decree yesterday naming his fourth son, Sheik Tamim, as the Gulf state’s crown prince and his new heir apparent, the Qatar News Agency reported.

Sheik Tamim takes over from Sheik Jassem, the 25-year-old third son of the emir named by Sheik Hamad more than a year after he overthrew his father in a bloodless palace coup in June 1995.

Sheik Jassem had resigned from his post as crown prince. In a letter of abdication, Sheik Jassem renounced his claim to succession “with all conviction” because “I didn’t want to be crown prince from the start.”

GAZA STRIP

Unexploded ordnance kills Palestinian boy

GAZA CITY — A 13-year-old Palestinian boy was killed in Gaza City yesterday when unexploded ordnance he had handled went off, Palestinian medical sources said.

The boy was identified as Munir Abu Hin. His family said he and a group of friends were playing in the wreckage of his house, dynamited by the Israeli army in May during a raid targeting Hamas leader and relative Yusef Abu Hin.

Yusef Abu Hin and another 11 persons died in the operation.

The boy’s family said the army planted a land mine.

THAILAND

High cost cuts deployment in Iraq

BANGKOK — Thailand will cut its planned 886-strong military deployment in Iraq by half because of the high cost of the operation, the government said yesterday.

Government spokesman Sita Divari said Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra had asked the Defense Ministry to slash the number of personnel who will be sent to Iraq to carry out humanitarian assistance.

NETHERLANDS

Damages awarded to Iraqi Kurd

THE HAGUE — A Dutch court yesterday awarded about $5,000 in damages to the suspected leader of an extremist Iraqi Kurd group who was detained improperly.

Mullah Krekar is the suspected leader of Ansar al-Islam, an Islamic extremist group that operated in northern Iraq. The United States said the group was the link between Saddam Hussein’s regime and the al Qaeda terrorist organization.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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