- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 19, 2009

RUSSIA

64 missing, feared dead

MOSCOW | Divers scoured the near-freezing waters flooding the cavernous rooms of Russia’s largest hydroelectric plant Tuesday, but the owner said it was doubtful that any of the 64 workers missing after an accident would be found alive.

The deadly accident Monday, which drowned or crushed 12 other workers, shut down the massive Sayano-Shushenskaya power plant in southern Siberia and left several towns and major factories without electricity.

Two workers were found alive Monday in niches inside the flooded structure, RusHydro acting chief Vasily Zubakin was quoted as saying, but hope was fading for the 64 still missing.

BRITAIN

Lockerbie bomber drops appeal

EDINBURGH | A Scottish court on Tuesday allowed the Lockerbie bomber to drop an appeal of his conviction - a step that could lead to the Libyan man’s possible release or transfer to a prison in his homeland.

Libya wants the terminally ill Abdel Baset al-Megrahi sent home, but Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has urged Scotland to keep him in prison to serve out his 27-year sentence.

Al-Megrahi, 57, was convicted in 2001 of taking part in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 on Dec. 21, 1988. The airliner, which was carrying mostly American passengers to New York, blew up as it flew over Scotland. All 259 people aboard and 11 more on the ground died when the aircraft crashed in the Scottish town of Lockerbie.

MYANMAR

U.S. senator’s visit called ‘success’

YANGON | Myanmar’s junta-controlled state media Tuesday trumpeted a weekend visit by a U.S. senator as a “success for both sides” that could improve the two countries’ relations.

On a visit this past weekend, Sen. Jim Webb, Virginia Democrat, secured the release of John Yettaw, an American man who swam to the house of Aung San Suu Kyi. Mr. Webb also met the pro-democracy leader and the head of the military regime.

“The visit of Mr. Jim Webb is a success for both sides as well as the first step to promotion of relations between the two countries,” said a commentary in the New Light of Myanmar and Myanmar Ahlin newspapers.

SERBIA

Karadzic: No regrets on role in war

BELGRADE | Radovan Karadzic, who led Bosnian Serbs into a 1992-1995 war that killed 100,000 people, says his conscience is clear and he does not regret his actions for which he is awaiting trial on genocide charges.

“I do not regret my own role,” the former Bosnian Serb leader said in a written interview with Reuters from a detention center in The Hague.

“I didn’t seek public office, but when I held it, I carried out my duties with the best interest of the people in my heart.”

Mr. Karadzic was the president of the Bosnian Serbs, who sought to carve out their own state from Bosnia in the war, Europe’s deadliest since World War II.

The former psychiatrist is charged with 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including two of genocide, regarding the 43-month siege of Sarajevo and the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica. He has denied all charges.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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