- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 20, 2005

UKRAINE

Yushchenko to be sworn in Sunday

KIEV — Parliament scheduled a Sunday inauguration for Western-leaning President-elect Viktor Yushchenko, setting the stage for the transition to a new government for Ukraine after months of divisive political crisis.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and outgoing President Leonid Kuchma congratulated Mr. Yushchenko, who will visit Moscow the day after the inauguration.

AFGHANISTAN

Warlord survives Taliban attack

KABUL — A suicide bomber injured more than 20 people yesterday but failed to harm the apparent target — an Afghan warlord who helped the United States defeat the Taliban regime, officials said.

The attack on Abdul Rashid Dostum was carried out in the northern city of Sheberghan by a bomber in a crowd during the festival of Eid al-Adha.

A Taliban spokesman said the attack was to avenge the killing of Taliban prisoners during the U.S. invasion more than three years ago.

ITALY

Party wants ban on ritual slaughter

ROME — The Northern League party called yesterday for a ban on the “barbaric and horrific” ritual slaughter of animals in both Islamic and Jewish faiths as the Muslim Eid al-Adha, or Feast of the Sacrifice, got under way here.

Thousands of sheep will be slaughtered in the next few days by having their throats ritually cut as Italy’s Muslim community celebrate the feast.

“We must put an end to the slaughter of animals in the Muslim and Jewish manner. It’s barbaric and horrific,” said Alessandro Ce, the parliamentary leader of the anti-immigrant party.

CHINA

Manned space flight planned for year-end

BEIJING — China announced yesterday that it plans to launch a second manned space mission that will orbit for up to five days before the end of the year.

The Shenzhou 6 craft is hoped to blast off by September or October and will contain two astronauts who will conduct experiments while in orbit. State press has said 14 astronauts — all military pilots — were in training for the flight on board.

CHINA

Wife of dissident allowed jail visit

BEIJING — The wife of a Boston-based democracy activist jailed in China said yesterday that she plans to seek medical parole for her husband after seeing him for the first time since he was detained in 2002.

Christina Fu said her husband, Yang Jianli, who has served more than half of a five-year prison term on charges of spying for Taiwan and illegal entry, had lost weight and aged considerably.

Mr. Yang runs a foundation advocating democratic change in China and had been meeting with Chinese dissidents and laid-off workers when he was detained.

BRITAIN

Judge orders restraint in Iraqi abuse trial

OSNABRUECK, Germany — A judge asked British officials yesterday to restrain their comments about the court-martial of three British soldiers accused of mistreating Iraqi detainees after Prime Minister Tony Blair denounced purported abuse depicted in graphic photos as “shocking and appalling.”

Mr. Blair made the comments in the House of Commons, referring to photos released in the military court that show purported acts of mistreatment and have caused widespread dismay in Britain.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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