- The Washington Times - Friday, January 12, 2007

UNITED NATIONS

China, Russia veto U.S. call on Burma

NEW YORK — China and Russia cast a rare double veto yesterday of a U.S. resolution calling on Burma’s military government to release all political prisoners, speed up progress toward democracy and stop attacks against ethnic minorities.

The vote in the Security Council was 9-3 with three abstentions. South Africa, a new nonpermanent member of the council joined China and Russia in opposing the resolution.

China’s U.N. Ambassador Wang Guangya and Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin both said the Security Council was not the proper place to discuss Burma because the country does not pose a threat to international peace and security.

TUNISIA

Diplomatic blueprints found after clashes

TUNIS — Nearly 30 Islamic extremists involved in a deadly gunbattle with police in this North African country had blueprints of foreign embassies and documents naming foreign envoys, the interior minister said yesterday.

Haj Kacem described the 27 persons involved in the Jan. 3 clash as “Salafist terrorists,” referring to the hard-line movement among Muslim fundamentalists, the official news agency TAP reported.

At least 14 persons, including two security forces, were killed in the shootout 25 miles south of Tunis. Fifteen were arrested. Six members of the group had crossed into Tunisia from neighboring Algeria, the minister said.

ARGENTINA

Isabel Peron arrested in Spain

MADRID — Former Argentine President Isabel Peron was arrested yesterday at her home in Madrid as part of investigations into the South American country’s past human rights abuses.

Police said they acted on an international arrest warrant issued a day earlier at the request of Judge Raul Acosta of the Argentine province of Mendoza.

The judge had ordered the arrest of the third wife of former political strongman Juan Domingo Peron, saying he has questions about her chaotic 20-month rule, a time when shadowy right-wing violence destabilized Argentina ahead of her political downfall in March 1976.

Isabel Peron has lived in exile in Spain since 1981.

SUDAN

Darfur rebel group denies truce accord

CAIRO — A Darfur rebel group denied yesterday that it agreed to a cease-fire with the Sudanese government during a meeting this week with New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

The cease-fire was “probably made for public consumption as we have not been officially consulted in that regard,” said Abdullahi el-Tom, a leader of the Justice and Equality Movement rebel group.

Mr. Richardson, who was in Sudan on a mediation mission this week, issued a joint statement Wednesday with President Omar Bashir that both sides in the Darfur conflict had agreed to a 60-day cessation of hostilities while they work toward lasting peace.

POLAND

Vatican to review top bishops’ files

WARSAW — A senior clergyman said yesterday that Poland’s bishops will request a review of their communist-era secret police files and send the findings to the Vatican in the wake of a new archbishop’s abrupt resignation over disclosures he spied for the old regime.

The bishops reached the agreement at a meeting aimed at dealing with the scandal that has stunned the heavily Roman Catholic country.

Archbishop Josef Michalik of Przemysl, head of Poland’s conference of Catholic bishops, said the 45 conference bishops unanimously passed a resolution that they would each request an inspection of their personal communist-era files at the Institute of National Remembrance, which looks after the records.

PAKISTAN

Negroponte claim on al Qaeda denied

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan yesterday rejected claims by U.S. Director of National Intelligence John D. Negroponte that the country is a refuge for terrorist leaders and demanded that U.S. agencies share intelligence on the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden and other top al Qaeda figures.

Mr. Negroponte’s statements before a Senate committee Thursday that Pakistan is a haven for al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists are “incorrect,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said.

GERMANY

Court rejects appeal by 9/11 defendant

BERLIN — Germany’s highest court yesterday refused to take up the appeal of a Moroccan man convicted of helping three of the September 11 suicide pilots.

Mounir el Motassadeq, 32, was convicted in November of being an accessory to the murder of the 246 passengers and crew on the four jetliners used in the 2001 terrorist attacks.

A court in Hamburg on Monday gave el Motassadeq the maximum penalty under German law of 15 years in prison. The Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe said yesterday it would not hear his appeal.

INDONESIA

Bird flu kills a woman; second one critical

JAKARTA — An Indonesian woman, 37, died from bird flu while a second was in critical condition yesterday, as the country worst hit by the virus battled new cases after a six-week lull, health officials said. A teenage boy died earlier this week.

All three cases occurred in the industrial town of Tangerang to the west of the capital, Jakarta.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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