- The Washington Times - Friday, June 15, 2007

LEBANON

Thousands mourn slain legislator

BEIRUT — The funeral for an anti-Syrian lawmaker killed by a car bomb swelled yesterday to tens of thousands of mourners, who angrily blamed the Damascus government and its ally Hezbollah for the latest political killing in Lebanon.

The crowd lined the streets or marched behind the coffins of Walid Eido, his 35-year-old son, Khaled, and one of his bodyguards, escorting the caskets to a mosque next to a cemetery in West Beirut.

A total of 10 persons were killed Wednesday by the bomb.

NIGERIA

Court releases oil delta rebel

ABUJA — A Nigerian court freed on bail former militia leader Mujahid Dokubo-Asari yesterday, meeting a demand by armed groups who have disrupted oil production and kidnapped expatriate workers in the Niger Delta.

Militants said the release of Mr. Dokubo-Asari, who is on trial for treason, would boost a nascent peace process between them and the government of newly inaugurated President Umaru Yar’Adua.

PORTUGAL

Report on tip angers missing girl’s parents

LISBON — A Dutch newspaper published details of an anonymous tip on the fate of a missing British girl, drawing an angry reaction from her parents.

Madeleine McCann, 4, went missing from a Portuguese hotel on May 3. The newspaper reported Wednesday that it received an anonymous letter with a map showing a remote location in southern Portugal where Madeleine might be buried.

IRELAND

Ahern re-elected prime minister

DUBLIN — Bertie Ahern won re-election yesterday as prime minister of Ireland, extending his 10 years in power and clearing the way for a broadly based coalition government.

Fianna Fail lawmakers cheered and patted their party leader on the back after he received 89 votes in the 166-member Dail Eireann (parliament), easily defeating his challenger, Edna Kenny of the major opposition Fine Gael party.

Mr. Ahern, 55, received support from all his Fianna Fail colleagues and also lawmakers from his new three-party government — the right-wing Progressive Democrats and the left-wing Greens.

BRITAIN

Man wanted by U.S. in Iraq oil scam held

LONDON — British police yesterday arrested a British citizen whom the United States has accused of involvement in a scheme to pay kickbacks to Iraq in connection with the scandal-plagued U.N. oil-for-food program.

John Irving, 52, from Basingstoke, England, was arrested under a U.S. extradition warrant. He was charged by U.S. authorities in 2005 following an investigation into the $67 billion oil-for-food program that allowed the Iraqi government under Saddam Hussein to sell oil to finance purchases of goods for its people living under U.N. sanctions.

INDIA

Doctor arrested in female feticide

NEW DELHI — Indian police yesterday arrested a doctor on suspicion of illegally aborting female fetuses after recovering some 35 tiny bones from the basement of his clinic on the outskirts of New Delhi.

Police, along with health officials, raided the maternity clinic in the city of Gurgaon after suspicion Ajay Kumar Singh, a general practitioner, was running abortion services.

Female infanticide and feticide, though illegal in India, are still prevalent as boys are traditionally preferred to girls as breadwinners, and families have to pay huge dowries to marry off their daughters.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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