- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 19, 2005

CHINA

No plans to honor Zhao

China defended yesterday its 1989 decision to depose former Communist Party leader Zhao Ziyang for sympathizing with the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protesters, and indicated that there were no plans to honor him in death.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan cited rulings that the student-led protests were a counterrevolutionary riot and that Mr. Zhao tried to “split the party.”

“Over the past 15 years since the incident, China’s development has proved that this final judgment is right,” Mr. Kong said.

DENMARK

Torture charges unsubstantiated

COPENHAGEN — The Danish military closed yesterday a probe into claims that U.S. soldiers tortured and killed prisoners in Afghanistan in early 2002, saying a Danish interpreter’s charges could not be substantiated.

The interpreter, who worked with U.S. forces at the Camp Kandahar Detention Center in Afghanistan from Jan. 17 to Feb. 8, 2002, filed suit against the Danish defense ministry in December 2003. He was demanding compensation for psychological distress he said he had suffered while witnessing the soldiers torture and murder prisoners.

BRITAIN

Muslim schools called a threat by educator

LONDON — British education chief David Bell warned Monday that faith-based schools pose a threat to society.

Speaking at the Hansard Society — an educational charity — he said although cultural diversity and acceptance could benefit Britain, it also could undermine “our coherence as a nation” if taken to extremes.

“Faith should not be blind. I worry that many young people are being educated in faith-based schools, with little appreciation of their wider responsibilities and obligations to British society,” he said.

Muslim leaders in Britain condemned the remarks.

KASHMIR

India accuses Pakistan of shelling

NEW DELHI — India accused Pakistani soldiers yesterday of firing mortar shells across the dividing line in Kashmir in the first violation of a 14-month cease-fire between the South Asian nuclear-armed countries.

The cease-fire was the longest since an insurgent campaign in the divided Himalayan province began in 1989. Both countries claim the mainly Muslim, former princely state in its entirety and have fought two wars over it.

A senior Indian official said there were no casualties on the Indian side of the heavily militarized frontier known as the Line of Control.

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