- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 13, 2006

PAKISTAN

Embassy attack suspect killed in raid

ISLAMABAD — Pakistani forces killed an Egyptian al Qaeda terrorist wanted by the United States in connection with the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya, a Cabinet minister said yesterday.

Mohsin Musa Matawalli Atwah, 45, was killed late Wednesday in a Pakistani military raid led by helicopter gunships on a hide-out in the remote North Waziristan village of Naghar Kalai, near the Afghan border, the official said.

U.S. authorities had posted a $5 million bounty for Atwah, who is accused of involvement in the Aug. 7, 1998, embassy bombings that killed 12 Americans and more than 200 Africans.

NEPAL

King pledges vote, calls for dialogue

KATMANDU — Nepal’s King Gyanendra broke his silence today after more than a week of pro-democracy demonstrations in which four persons have died, calling for dialogue with opposition political parties.

In a new year’s message, the king called for “the active participation of all political parties committed to peace and democracy.” He again said Nepal should hold a general election, but he did not specify a date.

Thousands have filled the streets calling for the restoration of democracy.

BRITAIN

Serviceman jailed for refusing Iraq duty

LONDON — A military court yesterday convicted a British air force doctor of disobeying orders and sentenced him to eight months in prison after he called the Iraq war illegal and refused to return for a third tour of duty.

Flight Lt. Malcolm Kendall-Smith, 37, who said U.S. actions in Iraq were on a par with those of Nazi Germany, was convicted by a panel of Royal Air Force officers, dismissed from the service and sentenced to prison after a three-day court-martial.

CZECH REPUBLIC

Diplomat ordered to leave Cuba

PRAGUE — Cuba has given a Czech diplomat in Havana 72 hours to leave, the Czech Foreign Ministry said yesterday. It called the move retaliation for Czech criticism of Cuba’s human rights record.

Cuban President Fidel Castro’s communist government gave no reasons for refusing to extend the visa of the first secretary at the Czech Embassy, Stanislav Kazecky.

GERMANY

Turkish man gets 9 years in honor killing

BERLIN — A German court sentenced a man of Turkish origin to more than nine years in prison yesterday for the so-called “honor killing” of his sister, but it found two other brothers not guilty of conspiring in the murder.

Hatun Surucu, 23, was shot while standing at a bus stop in a Berlin suburb last year. The killing sparked intense debate about a conservative Muslim immigrant community at odds with mainstream society.

Forced to marry a cousin in Turkey as a young girl, she later broke with her Turkish-Kurdish family in Berlin and lived independently with her 5-year-old son.

BANGLADESH

6 die as police fire during food protests

DHAKA — Six persons, including a child, were fatally shot by police in northern Bangladesh during protests over high food prices and shortages of power and fuel, witnesses and local officials said yesterday.

Authorities reinforced security in the town of Kanshat to quell the protests. Across the country, food prices have risen 40 percent in the past two months, and fuel is in short supply. Power is routinely cut for up to four hours a day.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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