- The Washington Times - Monday, August 14, 2000

Iran detains reformist writers

TEHRAN Two pro-reform Iranian writers were arrested just as they were being honored by their peers as the best in their fields, reports said yesterday. The imprisonments brought the number of writers detained to five in eight days.
Ebrahim Nabavi was on his way to jail Saturday at the time his name was being called as best satirist at an awards ceremony honoring Iranian media, said Karim Arqandehpour, deputy head of the Press Guild Association.
Mohammad Ghoochani was jailed yesterday, a day after he was honored as best political writer. Mr. Ghoochani, who wrote for the now-banned Asr-e-Azadegan, was summoned to court Saturday.

Iraq says allied planes bomb train station

BAGHDAD Iraq said yesterday U.S. and British planes bombed a train station in the south overnight, wounding a number of civilians in the second straight night of raids on the area.
Lt. Gen. Chahin Yassin Ahmed, commander of the Iraqi air defense force, said planes hit the station in the southern town of Samawa on Saturday, wounding three civilians and damaging several houses. A raid on Friday struck a Samawa warehouse, killing two civilians and wounding 19 others. Samawa is 175 miles south of Baghdad.
In Washington, the Pentagon said U.S. warplanes hit two anti-aircraft sites on Saturday night in response to multiple attacks by Iraqi anti-aircraft artillery on U.S. and British planes in southern Iraq.

Report: Mexico's Fox employs child laborers

MEXICO CITY Children younger than 14 are working on the ranch of President-elect Vicente Fox, sowing onions and potatoes in contravention of laws banning child labor, a newspaper reported yesterday.
Mexico City daily Reforma said that Saturday it found at least 30 minors and teen-agers being trucked into the Fox family ranch, San Cristobal, in the central agricultural state of Guanajuato, to work for about 65 pesos, about $7, a day.
The Mexican Constitution bans children younger than 14 from working. Nevertheless, child labor, especially in the impoverished countryside, is common.

Egypt's pilots claim U.S. withheld evidence

CAIRO The head of the Egyptian pilots' federation accused U.S. investigators yesterday of withholding key evidence in the crash of an EgyptAir passenger plane off the U.S. coast in October.
Walid Murad called for the release of radar images and the evidence of two pilots who said they saw missiles in the area where the plane went down, killing all 217 persons on board.

Camp David talkslike 'trip to dentist'

LOS ANGELES President Clinton said yesterday that for Israelis and Palestinians alike the inconclusive Camp David peace summit was like having a tooth drilled without anesthesia.

Mr. Clinton, for the most part, put partisan politics aside during a speech to members of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, a Jewish lobbying organization. The president is in Los Angeles for the Democratic National Convention, where he's a featured speaker tonight.

He said he understood why both sides left the most difficult issues for last in their gradual pursuit of peace. "It's kind of like going to the dentist without anybody to deaden your gums," Mr. Clinton said.

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