- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 22, 2006

NEPAL

Protesters arrested after clashes

KATMANDU — Nepalese police yesterday arrested several hundred protesters and fired tear gas during running clashes in central Katmandu with activists demonstrating against King Gyanendra.

Police arrested more than 230 people, an officer said later, with journalists and other eyewitnesses reporting about 300 demonstrators were rounded up and bundled into police vans. The activists chanted pro-democracy slogans.

CUBA

Walesa gives pep talk to dissidents

HAVANA — U.S. diplomats arranged for Cuban dissidents to get a pep talk from former Polish President Lech Walesa yesterday in the latest chapter of Washington’s long-running ideological battle against President Fidel Castro’s communist government.

“The system will fall because nobody believes in communism,” said Mr. Walesa, the founder of the Solidarity movement that toppled Poland’s communist government and led to the collapse of Soviet influence in Eastern Europe. He spoke from Warsaw in a videoconference with dissidents gathered at the Havana home of the top U.S. diplomat in Cuba, Michael Parmly.

ETHIOPIA

British journalis tordered to leave

ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopia has ordered a British journalist who worked for the Associated Press to leave the country within 24 hours, accusing him of portraying it in a bad light, state television said yesterday.

“Anthony Mitchell has been asked to leave the country in the next 24 hours because of disseminating information tarnishing the image of the country despite repeated advice not to do so,” the television said.

KUWAIT

Process to remove ailing emir begins

KUWAIT — Kuwait’s Cabinet said yesterday it was starting a constitutional process that could lead to the removal of the new ailing emir nearly a week after he was proclaimed ruler.

Under Kuwaiti law, the Cabinet is allowed to have a medical team examine Emir Sheik Saad Al Abdullah Al Sabah, 76, and report to parliament about his ability to rule.

Sheik Saad, largely incapacitated by illness, took over as emir of the U.S.-allied Gulf Arab state last Sunday after the death of his cousin, Sheik Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah at age 78.

SUDAN

Africans split over AU bid

KHARTOUM — African countries were split yesterday over Sudan’s bid to head the African Union, a move that could scuttle AU-sponsored peace efforts in Darfur and damage Africa’s drive to improve its image.

Khartoum, under fire for human rights abuses, is hosting a two-day AU summit starting tomorrow. Sudan is seeking to take over from Nigeria as chairman, based on a tradition that the summit host becomes the next head.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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