Help sought to deal with Iraqi refugees
AMMAN — Jordan pleaded for international help yesterday to deal with hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have fled here to avoid violence at home, saying they cost the kingdom $1 billion a year in basic services.
Syria also appealed for international aid. Together, the two nations are hosting more than 2 million Iraqi refugees who have fled violence in their homeland.
Both countries issued urgent calls for help at a conference on Iraqi refugees — specifically, expanded resettlement opportunities in the West and financial assistance.
Zimbabwean editor critically wounded
JOHANNESBURG — The editor of an independent Zimbabwean news service based in South Africa was shot and seriously wounded in Johannesburg, his deputy editor said yesterday.
Three assailants approached Abel Mutsakani as he parked his car at his home in western Johannesburg on Monday night, according to ZimOnline. One of the three shot Mr. Mutsakani, rupturing his lung and leaving a bullet lodged near his heart.
Ulrich Muehe dead at 54
BERLIN — Ulrich Muehe, the German actor who captivated movie audiences with his performance as a Stasi agent in the Oscar-winning film "The Lives of Others," has died. He was 54.
Mr. Muehe died Sunday of stomach cancer in Walbeck, Germany, the town's mayor, Brunhilde Vucke, told the Associated Press.
Party ousts leader accused of graft
SHANGHAI — Former Shanghai leader Chen Liangyu was expelled from China's ruling Communist Party and dismissed from all government posts over the city's pension fund scandal, state television reported yesterday.
Mr. Chen was branded "morally decadent" and a "philanderer" in the TV report. He is in police custody.
Red Mosque gets fresh coat of paint
ISLAMABAD, — The Red Mosque, where a siege involving Islamic militants ended in a deadly commando raid two weeks ago, will reopen today with a new coat of paint — in pale yellow.
Minister for Religious Affairs Ijazul Haq yesterday led journalists on a tour through the mosque to see the repairs and announce that worshippers could return for the first time since the siege began early this month.
From wire dispatches and staff reports