- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 6, 2003

ITALY

EU calls Hamas wing a terrorist group

RIVA DEL GARDA, Italy — Stunned into action by the unraveling Middle East peace process, the European Union yesterday denounced the political wing of Hamas as a terrorist organization, a move long sought by Washington.

Foreign ministers of the 15-nation bloc also called for swift diplomatic action to try to halt the incessant violence and warned that Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to resign would further destabilize the region.

The move against Hamas, prompted by a truce-shattering suicide attack in Jerusalem last month, opened the way for the EU to freeze the Palestinian militant group’s assets and place its leaders on a terrorist blacklist.

GERMANY

Neo-Nazis, opponents march on anniversary

NUREMBERG — About 2,500 people protested yesterday after an estimated 100 neo-Nazis gathered to mark the 65th anniversary of the last Nuremberg Nazi party rally.

The constitutional court allowed the neo-Nazi diehards to gather on one square in the city, but banned their plans to march through the streets of the Bavarian city to the former site of the vast Nazi party rallies.

SPAIN

Minister sees need for naval consortium

CARTAGENA — Spanish Defense Minister Federico Trillo called yesterday for the creation of a naval consortium with France and Germany along the lines of cooperation in the aerospace sector.

Mr. Trillo said he had invited French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie to visit the shipyards here and discuss the idea.

He told reporters that the basis for such cooperation existed already in the Franco-Spanish partnership to build submarines for their respective navies.

NORTHERN ISLAND

Oyster eater downs 187 with Guinness

BELFAST — A Norwegian man annihilated the world record for eating oysters yesterday, downing a stomach-churning 187 of the slippery mollusks in three minutes before polishing off a few pints of Guinness.

Rune Naeri said he felt “fine, wonderful” after shattering the previous official record of 97 at the annual Hillsborough oyster festival in Northern Ireland.

Weekly notes …

A man was arrested yesterday after a security scare involvingQueen Elizabeth II and British Prime Minister Tony Blair at a Highland Games event in Braemar, Scotland, police said. A 35-year-old man was detained as he approached the royal pavilion. …Actor Sean Penn won the best actor award at the Venice film festival for his role as heart transplant patient in the hard-hitting “21 Grams” by Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, the jury announced yesterday. …German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and President Bush, at odds for months over the Iraq war, will meet in New York on Sept. 23, the German weekly Welt am Sonntag reported.

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