- The Washington Times - Friday, January 6, 2006

AFGHANISTAN

Attack kills 10 during U.S. envoy’s visit

KABUL — A suicide bomber struck a crowded market yesterday in an Afghan town, a few hundred yards from where the U.S. ambassador was meeting with local leaders. Ten Afghans were killed and 50 wounded in the deadliest of a recent series of attacks.

Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann was not hurt in the blast in Tirin Kot, capital of mountainous Uruzgan province. A purported Taliban spokesman took responsibility and said the insurgents hoped to kill “high-ranking Americans.”

The bomb detonated in a market where townsfolk were trading sheep, vegetables and other local goods — about 500 yards from the home of the provincial governor, where the ambassador was meeting local officials.

JAPAN

U.S. sailors accused in killing

TOKYO — The Japanese Foreign Ministry has questioned the U.S. military about the purported involvement of American sailors in the beating death of a woman near Tokyo this week, an official said yesterday.

Yoshie Sato, 56, was found beaten and unconscious in a staircase in a commercial building in Yokosuka, near Tokyo, on Tuesday, said Motofumi Hasegawa, a spokesman for the Kanagawa prefectural police. She died from internal bleeding.

Police think the woman was attacked during a robbery on her way to work, Kyodo News agency reported.

Kyodo News said U.S. Navy authorities apprehended several sailors suspected of involvement in Miss Sato’s death, including a crew member from the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk, which is stationed at the Yokosuka base.

TANZANIA

Mount Kilimanjaro kills three Americans

KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK — Rocks and boulders tumbled down Mount Kilimanjaro and crashed into tents where tourists were sleeping, killing three American climbers and seriously injuring two, officials said yesterday.

The climbers were on Kilimanjaro’s treacherous Western Breach before beginning their final ascent. The regional police commander, Mohamed Chico, identified the dead as Kristian Ferguson, 37, of Colorado; Mary Lou Sammis, 58, of California; and Betty Orrik Sapp, 63, of Tennessee.

TURKEY

Another teenager dies of bird flu

CAIRO — A teenager in Turkey whose brother died of bird flu Sunday succumbed to the disease yesterday, and samples from the brother initially have tested positive for the H5N1 strain of the virus.

If confirmed, the report said, the 14-year-old boy and his 15-year-old sister would be the first human cases of the H5N1 strain in Turkey. More than 70 people have been killed by the disease in East Asia since 2003.

The siblings from the eastern town of Dogubayazit, close to Turkey’s border with Iran, were hospitalized last week after developing high fevers, coughing and bleeding in their throats, the report said.

CONGO

3.9 million dead from war

PARIS — Years of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have killed nearly 4 million people, making it the deadliest humanitarian crisis today, according to a study published on Saturday in the Lancet, a British medical weekly.

The estimate is extrapolated from a nationwide survey among 19,500 households. The national mortality rate was found to be 2.1 deaths per 1,000 per month, 40 percent higher than other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, investigators said.

The war’s death toll was estimated at 3.9 million people, from the outbreak of the conflict in 1998 to mid-2004, when the survey was carried out.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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