- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 16, 2007


Italians executed by Mafia hit men

DUISBURG — Six Italian men were fatally shot in the German city of Duisburg early yesterday in an execution-style killing linked to a Mafia feud.

All the victims were shot in the head. Five of them were ages 16 to 25 and the other was 38.

The brazen attack in a foreign country is unprecedented, said Italian investigators, who fear a bloody riposte by victims’ relatives in keeping with the tradition of vendetta.

German police confirmed that the victims were Italians from the Calabria area.


Boucher praises Pakistani efforts

ISLAMABAD — U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher praised Pakistan’s efforts at fighting terrorism yesterday and reaffirmed Washington’s desire to develop long-term strategic relations with Islamabad, the Foreign Ministry said.

Mr. Boucher held talks with Pakistani Foreign Minister Khursheed Kasuri in the capital yesterday, and was due to meet with President Pervez Musharraf before leaving today.

Mr. Boucher is visiting as U.S. pressure increases on Gen. Musharraf to do more to fight militants in Pakistan’s tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, where American intelligence officials say al Qaeda and the Taliban may be regrouping. Gen. Musharraf also faces political crises as he seeks another presidential term.


Chinese detained on spying charges

TEHRAN — Iran has detained two Chinese nationals on charges of spying on its military and nuclear facilities, state radio reported yesterday.

The Islamic republic has made a series of similar accusations against Westerners in recent years but none against China, with which it enjoys good relations.

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