- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 7, 2009

IRAQ

Car bombs kill 17 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD | Car bombs killed 17 people Wednesday in Baghdad, most of them at a wholesale produce market.

The main blast occurred about 7 a.m. at the entrance to the Rasheed wholesale produce market in the city’s southern Dora area, killing 15 people and wounding nearly 50, according to police, hospitals and Interior Ministry officials. A second car bomb was found in the area and defused.

Hours later, another car bomb exploded in the capital’s Karradah district, killing two people and wounding six, police said. The bomb apparently targeted a police patrol but missed.

EGYPT

U.N. inspectors find enriched uranium

VIENNA, Austria | U.N. nuclear inspectors have found traces of highly enriched uranium in Egypt, the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a report obtained Wednesday.

Highly enriched uranium can be used to make weapons, but there was no indication in the brief report that the traces of the particles were linked to such efforts.

The restricted IAEA report, dated May 5, said agency inspectors detected the particles in Egypt last year and in 2007. It was not clear why the agency was disclosing the findings now.

ISRAEL

Palestinians caught with ancient text

JERUSALEM | Undercover Israeli officers foiled an attempt by two Palestinian men to sell an ancient, valuable papyrus document on the black market, police said Wednesday.

The men were arrested at a Jerusalem hotel Tuesday after a sting operation lasting several weeks, police said. The 1,900-year-old Hebrew document, previously unknown and valued at millions of dollars, was rescued.

Similar documents have been found in caves in the Judean Desert near the Dead Sea, where they have been preserved over the centuries by the dry climate. The most famous are the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient holy books and apocalyptic treatises thought to have been collected by an ascetic Jewish sect two millennia ago.

INDIA

Mumbai suspect pleads not guilty

MUMBAI | The only surviving suspected gunman in last year’s terrorist attacks in Mumbai pleaded not guilty Wednesday to all charges against him, including waging war against India and murder.

Prosecutors told the court that Mohammed Ajmal Kasab was one of 10 attackers responsible for killing 166 people and wounding 234 more during the three-day siege of India’s financial capital in November. Nine other suspected gunmen were killed during the attacks.

Mr. Kasab told the court that he was 21, prompting laughter in the courtroom because of the defense’s recent attempts to prove that he was a minor - younger than 18 - which would have meant lighter penalties. After several medical examinations, the judge ruled that Mr. Kasab was 21 and would be tried as an adult.

IRAN

U.S. journalist ends hunger strike

TEHRAN | An American journalist jailed in Iran on charges of spying for the U.S. has ended her two-week hunger strike for health reasons, her father said Wednesday.

Roxana Saberi, 32, a dual Iranian-American national was convicted last month of espionage and sentenced to eight years in prison after a one-day trial behind closed doors.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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