- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 12, 2003

AFGHANISTAN
F-16s drop bombs after attack
BAGRAM F-16 fighter jets dropped five laser-guided bombs to help U.S. Special Forces after they came under attack by armed men in mountainous central Afghanistan, the U.S. military said yesterday.
The planes targeted three caves and at least five armed men after the soldiers were fired on with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades in the Baghran Valley on Monday morning, U.S. spokesman Col. Roger King said.

IVORY COAST
New prime minister proposes coalition
ABIDJAN Ivory Coast's new prime minister proposed a government coalition of rebels and loyalists yesterday as the two sides vied for control of the West African nation's key posts.
President Laurent Gbagbo's spokesman dismissed a threat that an interim government that meets all rebel demands must be formed by Friday or else war would resume.
Prime Minister Seydou Diarra arrived in Ivory Coast on Monday, weeks after his appointment under a French-brokered peace accord that loyalists oppose. On Monday, he presented Mr. Gbagbo with a provisional list of Cabinet ministry nominees.

ISRAEL
Troops kill Palestinian boy, 8
JERUSALEM Israeli soldiers fatally shot an 8-year-old Palestinian boy during a raid in the West Bank yesterday.
Palestinians said Israeli troops searching for militants surrounded two houses in the town of Qalqiliya and that Palestinians threw firebombs at them. The soldiers opened fire, killing the boy and wounding nine others.
In Bethlehem, Palestinians fired on an Israeli army jeep near the Church of the Nativity, Israeli military officers said. Reporters said an Israeli was killed. Israeli soldiers declared a curfew in Bethlehem after the shooting.

GERMANY
AIDS 'gift' film debuts at Berlin
BERLIN A film about homosexual men who deliberately contract the "gift" of the HIV virus or risk doing so debuted at the Berlin Film Festival yesterday.
Louise Hogarth's "The Gift," finished just a few days ago, is a collection of interviews with homosexual men, mostly from the West Coast of the United States, looking at the AIDS crisis two decades after its onset.
The documentary's debut follows a January article in Rolling Stone magazine quoting a San Francisco physician as estimating that 25 percent of homosexual men newly infected with the HIV virus sought it out.

KENYA
Victims revisit torture chambers
NAIROBI Kenya threw open the doors to secret torture chambers, saying it wanted to reveal criminal tactics the previous government used to silence dissidents until the mid-1990s.
Former prisoners revisited the chambers in the 24-story Nyayo House in downtown Nairobi, describing how they were confined in dark, tiny cells, beaten with sticks, submerged in water and forced to drink their own urine.

UNITED NATIONS
Rights agency chief says war could help Iraq
MADRID The human rights situation in Iraq could be expected to improve after a war against President Saddam Hussein, provided the conflict did not last too long, the United Nations human rights chief said yesterday.
Sergio Vieira de Mello, U.N. high commissioner for human rights, accused Saddam's government of inflicting innumerable rights abuses on its own population, including forcing children to act as soldiers.

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