- The Washington Times - Friday, June 15, 2007


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.


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.


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.


Ahern re-elected prime minister

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