- The Washington Times - Friday, January 7, 2005

Bolton plans to quit State Department

Undersecretary of State John Bolton, a leading hard-liner on nuclear nonproliferation who has raised hackles among America’s allies as well as its adversaries, is expected to quit the Bush administration, sources said yesterday.

Mr. Bolton, an outspoken policy-maker, often provoked strong negative reactions from European allies and was identified more with the sticks than the carrots of U.S. diplomacy when dealing with countries like North Korea and Iran.

He had hoped for a promotion in President Bush’s second term, perhaps to deputy secretary of state, but the word went out that U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick would get the No. 2 spot under Condoleezza Rice, Mr. Bush’s nominee for secretary of state.

SOUTH AFRICA

Mandela says son died of AIDS

JOHANNESBURG — Former President Nelson Mandela announced yesterday that his eldest son died of AIDS-related complications, saying the only way to fight the disease’s stigma was to speak openly about it.

Makgatho Mandela, who had been the former president’s only surviving son, was admitted to Linksfield Park Clinic last month. He died yesterday at age 54. A lawyer, he was one of four children from Mr. Mandela’s first marriage to Evelyn Mase. Last year, Makgatho Mandela’s wife, Zondi, died of pneumonia.

More than 5 million of South Africa’s 45 million people are infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, more than in any other country. .

EGYPT

Scientists re-create King Tut’s face

CAIRO — Egyptian scientists have produced the first digital image of the face of the legendary pharaoh Tutankhamen after scanning his 3,000-year-old mummy, authorities said yesterday.

The tomb of the pharaoh, who died under mysterious circumstances at about the age of 25, was unearthed by British archaeologists in 1922 in the Valley of the Kings.

The team opened the solid gold sarcophagus and ran the mummy under the computer tomography scanner, whose shadowy image showed that the cranium was still intact.

BRITAIN

Muhammad joins list of favorite names

LONDON — Muhammad has joined perennial favorites Jack and Joshua as one of the most popular names given to British boys in 2004, a sign of the country’s growing ethnic diversity and a legacy of Muslim immigration decades ago.

The Office of National Statistics said yesterday Muhammad — meaning variously “one who is praiseworthy” or “exalted” — had moved up two places to enter the top 20 for the first time.

Emigration from Asia and Africa surged during the 1960s and 1970s and Britain — population of about 61 million — is now home to about 1.6 million Muslims.

LIBYA

Saudi Arabia asks Tripoli envoy to leave

TRIPOLI — Saudi Arabia has asked Libya’s ambassador to the kingdom to leave, a Libyan Foreign Ministry source said yesterday, in the latest escalation of a diplomatic row over a purported assassination plot.

Diplomatic tensions have risen between the two oil-rich countries since Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador from Tripoli in December over what it called an “atrocious” plot to kill Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Abdullah. Libya denied the accusation.

In October, a U.S. court sentenced prominent U.S. Muslim activist Abdurahman al-Amoudi to 23 years in jail for illegal financial dealings with Libya and for his role in the purported plot.

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