- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 8, 2003

IRAQ

Bags of mail to be delivered

BAGHDAD — Some 17,000 bags of foreign mail for Iraq, which had been backed up in Jordan since the war were due to be delivered to Baghdad yesterday, the U.S.-led administration announced.

“These are going to be brought into Iraq today,” an administration spokesman said, hailing the resumption of postal services around the country.

IRAN

No breach of nuclear rules

TEHRAN — Iran has not breached an international nuclear nonproliferation agreement and is not bothered by accusations to the contrary, an Atomic Energy Organization of Iran spokesman said yesterday.

Khalil Mousavi made the comments as a team of International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors arrived in Iran to assess the nation’s contentious atomic activities. The Vienna, Austria-based agency has published a report saying Iran has not kept promises to safeguard nuclear material.

“We have not violated the NPT. A person who hasn’t done anything wrong will not be worried about such allegations,” said Mr. Mousavi, referring to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Washington accuses Tehran of wanting to build a nuclear bomb and wants the IAEA to declare Iran in violation of the international treaty.

Iran has said it has no plans to develop nuclear weapons.

ZIMBABWE

Opposition leader held on treason charges

HARARE — Zimbabwe’s opposition leader was in police custody yesterday on charges of treason after the United States and the European Union condemned his arrest and told the government to stop its violence toward protesters.

Morgan Tsvangirai was due in court tomorrow after a hearing scheduled for yesterday was postponed for technical reasons.

His detention, which came Friday on the last day of a week of mass anti-government protests organized by his Movement for Democratic Change party, was immediately condemned by both the United States and the European Union.

CONGO

Gunfire rocks town despite deployment

BUNIA, Congo — Heavy gunfire and mortar shells rocked the center of Bunia yesterday as more than 1,000 tribal militiamen launched a big assault just a day after a French-led European force began deploying in the Congolese town to stop civilian massacres.

Fighting erupted at dawn as militiamen, including child gunmen, from the Lendu tribe advanced through the southern suburbs, pushing back rivals from the minority Hema tribe.

FRANCE

Militant Muslim terrorist linked to Tunisia attack

PARIS — A German Islamic militant arrested this week at a Paris airport has been placed under investigation in connection with the attack on a Tunisian synagogue in April last year, judicial officials said yesterday.

Christian Ganczarski, 36, was placed under investigation by an anti-terrorist judge for complicity to murder, complicity to attempted murder and criminal conspiracy in connection with terrorist activities. He was detained on Monday at Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris.

CHILE

Marxists threaten fruit shipment to U.S.

SANTIAGO — Chilean police are investigating an e-mail claiming rat poison was put in a fruit shipment from Chile to the United States, officials said yesterday, a day after the two countries signed a free-trade deal. The message was claimed by the Manuel Rodriguez Patriotic Front, a Marxist urban-warfare group.

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