- The Washington Times - Monday, August 1, 2005

EGYPT

Police shootout kills bombing suspect

CAIRO — Egyptian police cornered a main suspect in the Sharm el Sheik bombings in his mountain hide-out yesterday and killed him in a shootout that also fatally wounded his wife. Police said the couple’s 4-year-old daughter also was wounded.

Police hunting Muhammad Saleh Flayfil, 30, a Bedouin wanted also in last year’s bomb attacks at the Taba resorts in the Sinai, found evidence that he was hiding out in a quarry in Mount Ataqaa, 17 miles east of the Cairo-Suez highway, the Interior Ministry said.

Flayfil was a main suspect among 15 wanted in the Sharm el Sheik attacks of July 23. The death toll in the attacks stands at 64.

KYRGYZSTAN

Uzbek refugees to be repatriated

BISHKEK — A prosecutor said yesterday that Kyrgyzstan will send 15 Uzbeks seeking asylum back to their home country, despite pleas from the United Nations and rights groups that it violates international treaties on refugees.

The announcement of the intended repatriations came after weeks of behind-the-scenes diplomacy about the fate of hundreds of Uzbeks who fled to Kyrgyzstan in May after Uzbek security forces violently suppressed an uprising in an eastern city.

LEBANON

Syria eases border controls

MASNAA — Syria allowed trucks to cross its border from Lebanon yesterday after weeks of delays that brought Lebanese overland exports to a near standstill, witnesses and security sources said.

They said hundreds of trucks that had been stranded at the border were moving across at a normal pace, a day after Lebanon’s new prime minister, Fouad Siniora, visited Damascus to smooth ties strained since Syrian troops withdrew in April.

GERMANY

Berliners refuse to say ‘Goodbye Lenin’

BERLIN — Left-wing Berlin senators want to reassemble a giant statue of Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin that was removed from the former eastern half of the city in 1991 shortly after German reunification.

A scene showing part of the 62-foot-tall statue being borne through the air by a helicopter featured in the 2003 hit film “Goodbye Lenin.” Today it lies buried in pieces in a forest on the outskirts of Berlin.

Tourist industry analysts say the monument would appeal to many of the German capital’s 6 million visitors each year.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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