- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 5, 2006

SPAIN

Heart ‘polypill’ stirs hope at conference

BARCELONA — A three-in-one pill being developed to treat heart disease could save millions, particularly in developing countries where most heart attacks occur, specialists said yesterday at the World Congress of Cardiology.

The so-called “polypill” would contain aspirin, statins and ACE inhibitors — the three drugs known to prevent recurrent heart disease — and be used to reduce the occurrence of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular health problems, the World Heart Federation said.

“Potentially, millions of lives could be saved worldwide by this,” Dr. Sidney Smith, chairman of the federation’s scientific advisory board, said at the conference in Barcelona. “These therapies are known to reduce mortality by up to 50 percent or more.”

AFGHANISTAN

Friendly fire kills Canadian

KANDAHAR — Two U.S. warplanes accidentally strafed their forces in southern Afghanistan yesterday, killing one Canadian soldier and seriously wounding five, NATO and the U.S. military said.

A British soldier attached to NATO and four Afghans were killed yesterday in a Kabul suicide bombing, NATO and Afghan officials said. Sixteen Taliban suspects and five Afghan police died in other incidents.

The intense fighting comes amid Afghanistan’s deadliest spate of violence since U.S.-led forces toppled the hard-line Taliban regime for hosting al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after the September 11 attacks nearly five years ago.

SOMALIA

Rival factions ink peace pact

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Somalia’s powerful Islamic movement and weak government signed an interim peace accord here late yesterday that calls for the formation of a unified national army and police force.

The four-point agreement reached after three days of talks mediated by the Arab League commits the two sides to respecting a previous mutual recognition and truce pact and bars them from seeking military aid from neighboring states.

Both sides also agreed to begin talks on power sharing on Oct. 30, at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, to cement the principles of the deal intended to prevent the lawless nation from plunging into further chaos.

SOUTH KOREA

Foes resume talks over disputed islands

SEOUL — South Korea and Japan resumed negotiations yesterday over the boundaries around a cluster of islets, but expectations of a breakthrough were low.

The two countries have never agreed on the boundary in the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan that include the disputed islets — called Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese.

The talks were revived in June after both countries narrowly averted a high-seas showdown in April in which South Korea dispatched more than 20 gunboats to block Japan from surveying the waters near the South Korea-controlled islets.

HAITI

U.N. tries coaxing guns from gangs

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Haiti’s government and U.N. peacekeepers will launch a major campaign to disarm up to 1,000 gang members with promises of money, food and job training, but top gang leaders will not be eligible for the plan, a special envoy of the United Nations said yesterday.

Edmond Mulet told the Associated Press that officials will begin airing radio and television ads to inform the public about the disarmament plan.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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