- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 24, 2007

TURKEY

100,000 mourn slain journalist

ISTANBUL — More than 100,000 mourners choked the streets of Istanbul for the funeral yesterday of an Armenian journalist whose slaying sparked debate about freedom of expression and whether Turks of different ethnic groups can live together.

“We are all Armenians!” chanted mourners in an extraordinary outpouring of affection for editor Hrant Dink, who had made enemies among nationalist Turks by labeling as genocide the mass killings of Armenians toward the end of the Ottoman Empire.

Mr. Dink, 52, was gunned down in broad daylight Friday outside his bilingual Turkish-Armenian newspaper, Agos.

AFGHANISTAN

Suicide bomber kills 10 outside U.S. base

KABUL — A suicide bomber with explosives strapped to his chest blew himself up in a crowd of laborers waiting outside a U.S. military base in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, killing as many as 10 people.

The suicide bomber struck as hundreds of Afghan workers lined up to enter the base, known as Camp Salerno, outside the city of Khost, provincial Gov. Jamal Arsalah said. Khost is a former al Qaeda stronghold on the mountainous Pakistani border.

Elsewhere, Afghan and NATO forces killed 12 militants in a five-hour gunbattle, while a Taliban ambush left nine police dead in the south, officials said.

UNITED NATIONS

U.S. moves resolution on Holocaust deniers

NEW YORK — The United States introduced a U.N. resolution yesterday condemning denials of the Holocaust weeks after Iran sponsored a meeting dominated by speakers questioning the extermination of 6 million Jews in World War II.

Nearly 40 nations so far are sponsoring the resolution in the 192-member General Assembly, mainly in all parts of Europe, from Russia to Britain as well as Israel, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

The United States and its allies hope for a vote in the General Assembly Friday. The aim is to get more than the 104 sponsors of a November 2004 resolution making Jan. 27 the International Day of Commemoration for victims of the Holocaust, diplomats said. The resolution is timed to coincide with that date.

SOMALIA

Ethiopian troops begin pullout

MOGADISHU — Ethiopian troops whose military strength was crucial to helping Somalia’s government drive out a radical Islamist militia began withdrawing yesterday, raising fears of a power vacuum unless peacekeepers arrive soon in this chaotic nation.

Somali government spokesman Abdirahman Dinari said Ethiopia helped chase out the Islamic Courts Union militia, which had taken over the capital and much of southern Somalia. But he added it was time for the neighboring forces to leave.

ITALY

Aid sought to save Rome founding spot

ROME — The Palatine, where Romulus killed his brother, Remus, and founded ancient Rome, is at grave risk of collapse and requires more than $20 million of restoration in the next few years to save it, Italy’s government said yesterday.

Culture Minister Francesco Rutelli issued what he called an “alarm” at an archaeological conference, where he announced the start of an immediate $9.11 million project this year to get a longer-term Palatine rescue plan under way.

The Palatine is an area of majestic but tottering ruins on the mythical site of Rome’s foundation in 753 B.C. It was on the slopes of the Palatine hill that Romulus and Remus, twin sons of Mars, were abandoned as infants and nurtured by a she-wolf.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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