- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 13, 2006

BRITAIN

New “ripper” terrorizes town

IPSWICH — British police probing the slayings of three prostitutes around a quiet English town discovered two more bodies yesterday, further fueling fears that a serial killer is at large.

The new victims were confirmed by police in the eastern port town of Ipswich, where all women are being warned to take care once darkness falls as the pre-Christmas party season warms up.

The killings carry grisly echoes of the horrors of Jack the Ripper, the infamous 19th-century killer of east London prostitutes.

They have also revived more recent memories of Peter Sutcliffe, the “Yorkshire Ripper,” who preyed on prostitutes and killed 13 women and attacked seven others between 1975 and 1980.

ETHIOPIA

Mengistu found guilty of genocide

ADDIS ABABA — Former Ethiopian leader Mengistu Haile Mariam was found guilty in absentia of genocide yesterday after a 12-year trial of one of Africa’s bloodiest governments.

Mengistu, who now lives in luxury in Zimbabwe, was accused with top members of his military government of killing thousands during a 17-year rule, which began with the toppling of Emperor Haile Selassie in 1974 and included war, purges and famine.

UNITED NATIONS

Appeal made for northern Uganda

KAMPALA — The United Nations yesterday appealed for $296 million to assist about 2 million people displaced by a two-decade, brutal civil war in northern Uganda.

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Activities said the funds would target civilians either living in displaced people’s camps or who have started returning to their villages as a result of improved security.

“Persons have moved out of overcrowded [internally displaced persons] camps,” said OCHA representative in Uganda Timothy Pitt. “[But] lack of schools and health services in the new settlement areas is acting as a factor dividing families, as families choose to leave women and children in camps where they can access basic services,” he said.

ISRAEL

Nuclear slip creates uproar

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Ehud Olmert yesterday sparked an uproar after an apparent slip of the tongue in which he for the first time listed Israel as a nuclear power, but few expected the blunder to alter the Jewish state’s “policy of nuclear ambiguity.”

Israel, widely considered the Middle East’s sole nuclear power, has for decades refused to confirm or deny whether it has the atomic bomb.

But on Monday, Mr. Olmert appeared to break the taboo in an interview with a German television station.

“Iran openly, explicitly and publicly threatens to wipe Israel off the map. Can you say that this is the same level, when they are aspiring to have nuclear weapons, as France, America, Russia and Israel?” he asked.

NETHERLANDS

2006 warmest in 300 years

DE BILT — This year is on track to be the warmest in the Netherlands since temperatures were first measured in 1706, the Dutch meteorological institute KNMI said yesterday, linking the record with global warming.

The average temperature in 2006 is likely to exceed 51.8 degrees Fahrenheit in the Netherlands, beating a previous record of 51.6 degrees in 2000, Rob van Dorland of the KNMI atmospheric research department said.

He said the 10 warmest years in the Netherlands occurred in the past 18 years, which was in line with rising global temperatures and was a sign of a warming planet.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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