- The Washington Times - Friday, June 27, 2003

IRAN

Thousands arrested during recent protests

TEHRAN — Iran said yesterday that more than 4,000 people, including hundreds of students, had been arrested during protests against Islamic clerical rule earlier this month, a much higher figure than originally announced.

Analysts said the new number from Iran’s Prosecutor General Ayatollah Abdonnabi Namazi suggested the protests had been larger than authorities had previously acknowledged.

The demonstrations started in Tehran about three weeks ago. Hundreds of university students were joined by a few thousand ordinary people each night who chanted slogans against Iran’s clerical rulers and called for greater democracy and freedom.

ANGOLA

Savimbi successor chosen by ex-rebels

LUANDA — Angola’s former rebel movement UNITA yesterday elected as its new head, succeeding the late Jonas Savimbi, a man who played a major role in negotiating an end to the ruinous civil war.

Isaias Ngola Samakuva was voted president by a conference of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), the electoral commission said.

Mr. Samakuva called his success in the congress election a victory for democracy, for “UNITA and the Angolan people.”

NORTH KOREA

U.N. council asked to act impartially

NEW YORK — North Korea warned the U.N. Security Council yesterday against using its powers to advance only Washington’s interests and urged it to be impartial in judging whether Pyongyang posed a nuclear threat.

“It can be said that now the United Nations is at the crossroads of whether it will maintain international order led by the United Nations or give way to the establishment of dangerous world order led by an individual country,” North Korea’s foreign minister, Paek Nam-sun, said in a letter to the council.

The letter came a week after the United States revived an earlier failed attempt to convince the 15-nation council to adopt a statement condemning North Korea for restarting its nuclear weapons program.

MALAWI

Muslims protest al Qaeda deportation

BLANTYRE — Malawi police yesterday fired tear gas to disperse a demonstration by around 200 Muslims protesting this week’s deportation of five suspected al Qaeda members.

But the protesters quickly regrouped and vandalized the offices of a local Islamic association.

The demonstrations were over this week’s deportation from Malawi of five Muslims foreigners — suspected to be part of Osama bin Laden’s extremist network — despite a high court order compelling the government to charge them or release them on bail. They included two Turks, a Kenyan, a Saudi and a Sudanese.

ARGENTINA

Chief justice resigns over fraud probe

BUENOS AIRES — The chief justice of Argentina’s Supreme Court resigned yesterday to avoid a possible impeachment on charges including fraud.

Julio Nazareno, who had been on the nine-member Supreme Court for more than a decade, stepped down after the new government urged Congress to impeach judges tainted by charges of corruption and cronyism.

GERMANY

Married father to become priest

BERLIN — A German father of three is to be ordained today as a Roman Catholic priest, despite the Catholic church’s insistence on celibacy in the priesthood.

Regensburg bishopric spokesman Gregor Tautz said yesterday that the Vatican had made an exception in the case of the 41-year-old married ex-Protestant minister after assessing his suitability to perform Catholic rites.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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