- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 16, 2005

POLAND

Twins in race for top jobs

WARSAW — If Poland’s general and presidential elections were held tomorrow, it could wind up with identical twins as president and prime minister, the latest polls showed.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, 55, is head of the conservative Law and Justice party, which leapt into first place in a poll published by CBOS on Friday, boosted by its Catholic family values message after the death of Pope John Paul II.

Lech, his younger brother by 45 minutes, is the tough-on-crime, tough-on-corruption mayor of Warsaw, elected by a landslide three years ago and seen as a favorite for the presidency.

Both the presidential and parliamentary elections need to be held by October.

ITALY

Scientists clone second horse

CREMONA — Italian scientists have reported cloning a horse for the second time, a foal created from the DNA of a thoroughbred Arabian gelding that was twice world endurance champion.

The foal, named Pieraz-Cryozootech-Stallion, was born Feb. 25, weighed 93 pounds and was pronounced “in excellent health” by scientists at the Laboratory of Reproductive Technology in the northern Italian city of Cremona. The first cloned horse, Promotea, was born in May 2003.

LIECHTENSTEIN

Nazi camp labor used on royals’ estates

VADUZ — An official investigation into Liechtenstein’s World War II history released Wednesday has found that forced labor from a Nazi concentration camp worked on estates owned by the royal family in Nazi-occupied Austria at the time.

The report by six historians from Austria, Israel, Liechtenstein and Switzerland cleared the tiny Alpine principality of serving as a refuge for looted gold or Jewish assets.

The probe was commissioned by Liechtenstein’s government in 2001.

RUSSIA

Man hits Kasparov with chess board

MOSCOW — Garry Kasparov was bruised after being hit on the head with a chess board by a man who claimed to be a disillusioned fan, an aggression the chess grand master laughed off but said may be linked to his criticism of President Vladimir Putin, the Russian press said yesterday.

The attack occurred late Friday as Mr. Kasparov, 41, met with members of opposition youth activist groups, news agencies and broadcast media said. An unidentified young man asked Mr. Kasparov to autograph the chess board and then hit him on the head with it.

“I loved you as a chess player, but you went and got involved in politics,” he said.

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