- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 5, 2008

PAKISTAN

British team arrives to join Bhutto probe

ISLAMABAD — British anti-terror police joined the inquiry into the assassination of Benazir Bhutto yesterday, invited by President Pervez Musharraf in an effort to dispel accusations of government involvement.

Mr. Musharraf also wants to quell growing demands for a U.N. investigation into the shooting and bombing attack that killed the former prime minister after a campaign rally Dec. 27.

The arriving British Scotland Yard investigators declined to comment to reporters at Islamabad’s airport yesterday.

SWEDEN

Military data left on library computer

STOCKHOLM — The Swedish Armed Forces yesterday said one of its staff had accidentally left a USB memory stick with classified military documents on a public computer in Stockholm.

According to Swedish daily Aftonbladet — which returned the portable computer memory device to the armed forces after receiving it from an unidentified person — the memory stick was found in a computer in a public Stockholm library.

The military said it contained information regarding improvised explosive devices and mine threats in Afghanistan. Several countries, including the United States, also were mentioned in the files.

SERBIA

Kosovo parliament sworn in

PRISTINA — Kosovo’s legislators were sworn in yesterday at the first session of a new parliament that is widely expected to declare independence from Serbia early this year.

The lawmakers of the 120-seat assembly stood to take their oaths in the third legislature since Kosovo came under United Nations control in 1999.

The separatist Democratic Party of Kosovo of the former rebel leader Hashim Thaci won most seats in November elections but fell short of winning enough to rule outright.

SRI LANKA

Monitors pack up as truce ends

COLOMBO — Nordic cease-fire monitors began wrapping up their six-year mission to Sri Lanka yesterday after the government scrapped a truce with the Tamil Tigers, and their mandate, amid a chorus of international concern.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s administration formally notified mediator Norway late Thursday it was giving a stipulated 14-day notice period to end the truce.

BURMA

Riot police deployed for independence day

RANGOON — Burma’s junta deployed riot police and fire trucks at potential flash points in Rangoon yesterday to prevent pro-democracy protests on the 60th anniversary of independence from Britain.

Riot police took up positions outside the former capital’s City Hall and the Shwedagon and Sule pagodas — all key locations in mass anti-junta protests that erupted in September.

The junta limited its celebrations to a military ceremony in the remote new capital, Naypyidaw, and a broadcast message from junta leader Senior Gen. Than Shwe.

VENEZUELA

Plane with 14 crashes into sea

CARACAS — A plane carrying 14 persons crashed into the sea off Venezuela yesterday with at least one American on board.

Search teams were fanning out by air and sea to find the downed twin-engine plane, which left Simon Bolivar International Airport near Caracas and crashed about 24 miles from Los Roques islands, an emergency official said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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