- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 20, 2005

CHINA

Dissidents detained during Bush visit

BEIJING — China detained or put under house arrest at least a dozen dissidents and activists in advance of President Bush’s visit to keep them from making their complaints heard, the dissidents said yesterday.

Authorities started on Wednesday sending officers to stand guard outside the homes of a number of intellectuals and activists while detaining others in out-of-town guesthouses, those affected told Agence France-Presse.

Ni Yulan, an activist who has helped petitioners plead with the government in legal cases, was taken away and detained by police when she wanted to leave her home Friday, said her daughter, Dong Xuan.

Pro-democracy activist Qi Zhiyong, disabled from a gunshot wound suffered in Tiananmen Square in 1989, told AFP Friday he had also been placed under house arrest. He could not be contacted yesterday.

Beijing police could not be reached for comment yesterday, and the U.S. Embassy declined comment.

MONACO

Pomp punctuates Albert’s enthronement

MONACO — Bells pealed across Monaco yesterday as the tiny Riviera principality celebrated Prince Albert II’s rise to the throne and made a final, symbolic farewell to his late father, Rainier III.

Princes from Europe, Africa and the Middle East flew in for the festivities marking the final phase of Prince Albert’s ascension to the throne of Monaco’s 700-year-old dynasty. Prince Rainier, Europe’s longest-serving monarch, ruled Monaco for 56 years until his death in April at the age of 81.

Wearing a royal ceremonial military uniform, Prince Albert blinked back tears after kneeling to receive a blessing at Mass, which was led by the archbishop of Monaco, Monsignor Bernard Barsi. The prince’s sisters, Caroline and Stephanie, sat beside him and cried.

The ceremony was held in the same cathedral where Rainier and Hollywood star Grace Kelly were married and buried.

SAUDI ARABIA

King urges tax cuts when prices rise

RIYADH — Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah said yesterday that oil-consuming nations should cut taxes on petroleum products when oil prices rise.

In a speech to a gathering of oil ministers, the world’s major oil companies and energy organizations, King Abdullah restated his commitment to fair and reasonable oil prices and pledged to provide adequate oil supplies to the world market.

But the monarch, whose nation is the world’s largest oil exporter, issued strong advice for oil-consuming nations: reduce taxes on oil products and stop speculating.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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