- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 3, 2008

IRAQ

Two soldiers charged in prisoner’s death

BAGHDAD | Two U.S. soldiers in Iraq have been charged in the slaying of an Iraqi prisoner, the U.S. military said Saturday.

First Lt. Michael Behenna and Staff Sgt. Hal Warner were each charged with multiple offences after the death of Ali Mansur Mohammed, the U.S. military said.

The charge sheet said Lt. Behenna used a pistol to shoot Mr. Mohammed “at or near Forward Operating Base Summerall, Iraq.”

Sgt. Warner was charged with “premeditated murder, accessory after the fact, assault, making a false official statement and obstruction of justice,” the statement said.

SWEDEN

Downpour drenches gay parade turnout

STOCKHOLM | Hundreds of thousands of people braved pouring rain in Stockholm Saturday to watch or participate in this year’s EuroPride parade to protest discrimination against homosexuals.

Sweden is hosting the weeklong EuroPride 2008 festival, which takes place in a different European country each year.

Organizers expected as many as 100,000 to take part in the parade and about 500,000 spectators. But heavy rain pounding the Swedish capital appeared to have dissuaded many.

SRI LANKA

Pakistani leader vows bombing probe

COLOMBO | Pakistan’s prime minister on Saturday promised to investigate accusations that his country’s intelligence agency was involved in the deadly July 7 bombing of the Indian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, a top Indian diplomat said.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani also told his Indian counterpart, Manmohan Singh, that he would discuss the matter with Afghanistan’s president, Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon told reporters.

Both India and Afghanistan have accused Pakistan of involvement in the suicide bomb attack outside the Indian Embassy in the Afghan capital on July 7, which killed more than 60 people.

On Saturday, Mr. Gilani told reporters that if Afghan President Hamid Karzai provided any evidence of Pakistan’s involvement in the attack, he would order an independent inquiry. He also asked the Indian side to share any information that it had to substantiate its charge that elements in Pakistan were behind the blast, the Indian foreign secretary said.

SOMALIA

10 of 15 ministers resign from Cabinet

MOGADISHU | Two-thirds of Somalia’s Cabinet ministers resigned Saturday, officials said, widening a rift between the president and prime minister that threatens to wreck the country’s interim government.

The 10 ministers who quit were all allies of President Abdullahi Yusuf, who has appeared increasingly at odds with Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein. This week, Mr. Yusuf revoked an order by Mr. Hussein sacking Mogadishu’s powerful mayor.

It was not immediately clear what effect the move would have on the work of the interim government, which has struggled to impose its authority on the chaotic Horn of Africa nation since coming to power at the start of last year.

One Somali member of parliament who asked not to be named said one group of lawmakers was calling on Mr. Hussein to resign over financial irregularities in his administration.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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