- The Washington Times - Monday, March 17, 2008

POLAND

Holocaust survivors mark anniversary

KRAKOW — Hundreds of Jews yesterday marked the 65th anniversary of the liquidation of the Krakow ghetto with a march commemorating the German businessman whose efforts saved Jews from the Holocaust.

About 700 Jews from Poland, Israel and other countries marched from the site of the former ghetto to what had been a Nazi German labor camp in the suburb of Plaszow, many of whose inmates were employed by Oskar Schindler.

Schindler, made famous by the 1993 Steven Spielberg film “Schindler’s List,” used his influence as a diplomat, as well as bribes and forged documents, to save more than 1,000 Polish Jews.

CHAD

Rebel leader threatens attack

DAKAR, Senegal — A Chadian rebel leader threatened on Sunday to attack Chad’s southern oil-producing Doba region unless France and the United States pressure Chadian President Idriss Deby to start a dialogue with his foes.

Timane Erdimi — head of the Rally of Forces for Change, which attacked Chad’s capital, N’Djamena, early last month along with other rebel groups — said his forces could halt oil production from installations in southern Chad pumping up to 160,000 barrels per day.

FRANCE

Bomb threat empties book fair

PARIS — France’s largest book fair, which is honoring Israeli writers this year, was evacuated yesterday after a bomb alert, police said.

Authorities were searching the Porte de Versailles exhibition complex in southern Paris after guests of the Paris Book Fair were asked to leave the premises at about 5 p.m., officials said.

ISRAEL

Netanyahu sues over junket report

JERUSALEM — A former Israeli prime minister filed a lawsuit yesterday against a broadcaster that reported he ran up a huge tab in London while Israel was at war.

The Channel 10 report said Benjamin Netanyahu spent more than $50,000 while on a six-day public-relations tour during Israel’s war against Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon in summer 2006.

The report portrayed Mr. Netanyahu, Israel’s current opposition leader and the front-runner in national polls for the country’s top job, and his wife, Sarah, as spending money lavishly while the country was at war.

IRAN

Victory not a win for president

TEHRAN — Hard-liners won a majority in Iran’s parliamentary vote, state television said yesterday, but the new assembly could still give President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a tougher time ahead of next year’s presidential election.

State-owned Press TV said the conservatives, who call themselves “principlists” because of their loyalty to the Islamic Republic’s ideals, have taken at least 163 seats in the 290-member assembly against 40 for the reformists so far.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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