- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 27, 2007


Sunni minister accused in killing

BAGHDAD — Iraqi commandos raided the home of a Sunni Cabinet member yesterday after a warrant was issued for his arrest, outraging Sunni politicians and jeopardizing U.S.-backed reconciliation efforts within the Shi’ite-led government.

Two persons accused of militancy had identified Culture Minister Asad Kamal al-Hashimi as the mastermind of a Feb. 8, 2005, ambush against secular politician Mithal al-Alusi, an Iraqi government spokesman said. Mr. al-Alusi escaped, but two of his sons were killed.

Police said that two men who carried out the killings confessed to taking orders from Mr. al-Hashimi. Mr. al-Hashimi’s supporters said the confession was obtained through torture.


Charles’ household claims carbon neutrality

LONDON — Fewer chartered planes, more train trips and a royal Jaguar that runs on cooking oil have helped Prince Charles achieve a carbon-neutral household, an annual review of the prince’s accounts said yesterday.

The annual review by the prince’s Clarence House office said Charles cut his annual carbon emissions by 9 percent, to 3,775 tons, between April 1, 2006, and March 31 this year. The prince offset those emissions by investing in an agency that promotes tree planting and sustainable energy projects.

The review said the prince’s households and the activities of Charles and his wife, Camilla, were now carbon-neutral.


Chirac faces questions over fake-jobs scheme

PARIS — Former President Jacques Chirac is likely to be questioned in the coming months over a corruption scandal involving fake jobs created to help fund a conservative political party he headed, his attorney said yesterday.

The fake-jobs scandal is the most potent of a string of potential legal problems that Mr. Chirac, 74, faces now that he no longer has presidential immunity. He handed over the French presidency to Nicolas Sarkozy on May 16.

The jobs case dates back to Mr. Chirac’s years as mayor of Paris, from 1977 to 1995, when Mr. Chirac also headed the conservative party Rally for the Republic.

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