- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 6, 2009

WEST BANK

Palestinian killed during protests

RAMALLAH | Israeli security forces killed a Palestinian man Friday during a demonstration against the construction of the West Bank separation barrier, medics and witnesses said.

Israeli police said paramilitary border police opened fire with “riot dispersal equipment” when they came under a heavy barrage of rocks from about 200 protesters in the West Bank village of Naalin, near Ramallah. Israel’s Channel 10 TV reported that the man was shot in the heart by a marksman firing a .22-caliber rifle.

The village is the site of weekly protests by Palestinian and foreign activists opposed to the construction of Israel’s separation barrier, which cuts across village land.

SOMALIA

Islamists battle for town; 56 dead

MOGADISHU | Rival Islamist groups battled for a central Somali town Friday, killing at least 56 fighters, while the number of new refugees from a month of fighting in the capital, Mogadishu, neared 100,000.

Somalia’s 2½-year insurgency — the latest cycle of violence in 19 years of conflict in the Horn of Africa nation — has killed 18,000 civilians and thousands more fighters.

Rebels from the militant al Shabaab and Hizbul Islam groups first wrested control of Wabho from pro-government moderate Islamists Ahlu Sunna Waljamaca in a day of heavy mortar and machine-gun exchanges, witnesses said.

VENEZUELA

Tax agency fines anti-Chavez TV

CARACAS | Venezuela’s tax agency ordered an anti-government television channel to pay $2.3 million in back taxes Friday, only a day after the station’s owner was charged by prosecutors in a separate investigation and troops raided his home.

The channel Globovision said the fine and lawsuit were intended to intimidate government opponents and silence the station’s strident criticism of President Hugo Chavez.

The all-news network has been the only anti-Chavez channel on the open airwaves since 2007, when Mr. Chavez refused to renew the broadcast license of another opposition channel, Radio Caracas Television, or RCTV.

PERU

31 dead in clash over Amazon

LIMA | Up to 31 people died and dozens were injured in clashes Friday between Peruvian police and Amazon tribes protesting government efforts to lure foreign energy and mining companies to the rain forest.

In the worst unrest experienced by President Alan Garcia’s government, 22 protesters and nine police officers died, said tribal leaders and Interior Ministry officials.

Indigenous leaders said police shot at hundreds of protesters from helicopters to end a roadblock on a remote jungle highway 870 miles from Lima, the capital.

UNITED NATIONS

Official chides U.S. on racial profiling

GENEVA | The United Nations’ top racism investigator said Friday that Washington needs to step up the fight against racial profiling.

Mithu Muigai said in a 29-page report that law enforcement is responsible for the “most pronounced” racism now practiced in the United States. He said the Constitution clearly prohibits racial profiling, but evidence such as arrest and search rates shows a wide disparity between whites and nonwhites. He said state governments need to do more, too.

Mr. Muigai, a Kenyan lawyer who reports to the U.N. Human Rights Council, will present his report to the 47-nation body June 16.

GUANTANAMO

Detainee’s body returned to Yemen

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico | The U.S. has returned the body of a Guantanamo detainee who apparently committed suicide to his native Yemen.

The remains of 31-year-old Muhammad Ahmad Abdallah Salih were released from the U.S. Navy base in Cuba after an autopsy by military pathologists. The remains arrived early Friday Yemen time, said Pentagon spokesman Navy Cmdr. Jeffrey Gordon.

Salih was found unresponsive inside his cell on Monday. It was the fifth suicide reported at Guantanamo Bay since the prison opened in January 2002 for men swept up in Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

BRITAIN

Veterans can sue over nuke tests

LONDON | Military veterans who participated in Cold War-era nuclear weapons tests won the right to sue the British Ministry of Defense Friday for on-the-job hazards.

Britain’s High Court ruled that about a thousand veterans and their survivors can pursue their claim for compensation due to exposure to radiation, which has been linked to cancer and other health problems.

The veterans participated in nuclear testing in Australia and on Pacific Ocean islands in the 1950s.

CHINA

Landslide buries 59 in mining region

BEIJING | At least 59 people were buried by a landslide Friday in the southwestern Chinese iron mining region of Chongqing, safety officials said.

Victims included 50 miners and nine residents of remote Tiekuang, or “iron mine,” township, said an official with the Chongqing work safety supervision bureau. He said the landslide did not appear to be related to mining activities.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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