- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 14, 2005

EGYPT

3 bombing suspects reportedly arrested

CAIRO — Security forces have arrested three persons suspected of being members of a cell involved in the July bombings in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheik that killed at least 64 persons, the Al-Ahram daily said yesterday.

“Police raided some of the hide-outs and they found, in a farm in [northern Sinai Peninsula], about a ton of high explosives and are comparing it to the substances used in the three attacks,” the newspaper reported without naming a source.

The official Middle East News Agency quoted Interior Minister Habib el-Adli as saying that security forces had uncovered details about the bombings, identified perpetrators and arrested the main suspects. He did not give details.

IRAN

Tests support Tehran on nuclear traces

VIENNA, Austria — Tests by the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency appear to confirm that traces of weapons-grade uranium found in Iran came from abroad as Tehran has asserted, a diplomat said yesterday.

An analysis of Pakistani components for enrichment centrifuges identical to ones Iran bought on the black market appear to show that traces of bomb-grade uranium were the result of contamination, said a Western diplomat familiar with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

“There’s still some final corroboration to go on, but all the preliminary analysis does show that the particles seem to have come from Pakistan,” the diplomat said.

INDONESIA

Jakarta, Aceh rebels to sign peace pact

HELSINKI — The Indonesian government and Aceh rebels met yesterday for last-minute talks before the signing of a peace treaty aimed at ending nearly 30 years of fighting in the oil- and gas-rich province that has killed 15,000 people.

Rebels of the Free Aceh Movement have agreed to renounce a demand for full independence and will disarm. In return, the government has offered them amnesty, land, jobs and political representation.

Jakarta also has said it will pull out tens of thousands of soldiers and police from the province by the end of the year.

SRI LANKA

Police search capital for minister’s killer

COLOMBO — More than 1,000 police and troops scoured Colombo yesterday for one or more snipers, suspected to be rebels from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who fatally shot Sri Lanka’s foreign minister and rekindled fears of a return to civil war.

A dozen suspected rebels were detained in Colombo for questioning, but the assassins were not thought to be among them.

Soldiers checked cars entering or leaving Colombo after the government declared a state of emergency as a precaution to allow mass troop movements after the assassination of Lakshman Kadirgamar.

PERU

Cabinet appointment sinks Toledo’s ratings

LIMA — President Alejandro Toledo’s approval rating has sunk to 8 percent after his appointment of a disputed foreign minister sparked the worst Cabinet crisis of his rocky four years in office.

An Apoyo poll published in El Comercio newspaper yesterday showed that Mr. Toledo’s popularity had inched up to 14 percent in July and had hit 16 percent at the start of August, but the Thursday appointment of Fernando Olivera slashed it by half.

It was Mr. Toledo’s worst showing since May 2004, when his rating hit 6 percent, the lowest ebb of a turbulent term that began in 2001 with approval of 59 percent.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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