- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 17, 2006

IRAN

CNN banned in translation gaffe

TEHRAN — Iran said yesterday that it is barring CNN from working in Iran “until further notice” because of to its mistranslation of comments made by the president in a recent press conference about the country’s nuclear research.

On Saturday, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defended Iran’s right to continue nuclear research. State press have complained since the speech that CNN used the translation “nuclear weapons” instead of “nuclear technology.”

CNN acknowledged the mistake. The network told viewers it had not been officially notified about the ban.

UNITED NATIONS

8 officials suspended in procurement probe

NEW YORK — Eight U.N. managers have been suspended with pay as part of an investigation into the world body’s procurement services after scandals in the oil-for-food program in Iraq, U.N. officials said yesterday.

The investigation by the U.N. Office of Internal Oversight Services is the result of a probe into contracts in the U.N. peacekeeping department, which is fielding about 85,000 troops, police and civilians around the world.

Four of the suspended managers are in U.N. Procurement Services and four were recalled from peacekeeping missions, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

UNITED NATIONS

Peruvian to head human rights panel

GENEVA — A Peruvian diplomat, Manuel Rodriguez Cuadros, was elected yesterday to lead the 2006 session of the United Nations’ much-criticized Human Rights Commission and immediately voiced support for its replacement by a more effective body.

The proposed new organ, a Human Rights Council, also was hailed by U.N. High Commissioner for the Human Rights Louise Arbour as a way to ensure that violations around the world could be addressed more promptly by the international community.

ISRAEL

Comatose Sharon opens eyes briefly

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Ariel Sharon briefly opened his eyes yesterday in response to a recording of his grandson’s voice, relatives told doctors, though hospital officials warned there were no signs that the comatose Israeli leader was any closer to regaining consciousness.

The 77-year-old has been lying unconscious in Hadassah hospital since a massive stroke Jan. 4.

CHILE

President-elect vows to narrow inequality

SANTIAGO — Chilean President-elect Michelle Bachelet, a Socialist who will be the country’s first female leader, vowed yesterday to shrink the gap between rich and poor that persists in the South American nation despite lower poverty and a thriving economy.

Mrs. Bachelet, 54, from Chile’s ruling center-left coalition, won 53 percent of ballots cast in Sunday’s election, while opposition candidate Sebastian Pinera took 47 percent, the government Electoral Service said. She will assume office in March.

TURKEY

Pope shooter unfit to join military

ANKARA — A military hospital determined yesterday that the Turkish man who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981 is not fit for the obligatory military service he evaded as a youth, his attorney reported.

The judgment came after Mehmet Ali Agca, 48, entered the Istanbul hospital for a medical exam, making his first public appearance since being freed from prison Thursday and after failing to report to a police station over the weekend as required while his draft status was studied.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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