- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 29, 2001

Top ayatollah cites U.S. as good example
TEHRAN — Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has called on the country's new Cabinet to follow the example of the United States and make use of economic power to influence political issues, state radio reports.
"Look, the United States clearly says that Iran is the best route for transferring the Caspian Sea's resources, but for political reasons it opposes" it, Ayatollah Khamenei said at a meeting Monday with President Mohammed Khatami and his new Cabinet.
The Ayatollah Khamenei went on: The "United States is right to do so from the point of view of their own politics. For certain, they are damned by God, but they are right because that is how one should proceed."

Libyan steel said used in Jewish settlements
TRIPOLI, Libya — A parliamentary official said yesterday that some Libyan steel that was sold to Egyptian companies has been used in the construction of Jewish settlements in Palestinian territory.
"Some products sold cheaply by the national company to Egyptian firms were then exported to Israel and used in the building of settlements," Ahmad Ibrahim told reporters. He said that all Libyan companies are required to verify that their customers have no links with Israel.

WHO to check Iraq radiation levels
BAGHDAD — The government announced yesterday the start of a World Health Organization mission into possible links between cancer and depleted uranium (DU) dropped by U.S.-led forces during the 1991 Persian Gulf war.
Zuheir Said Abdul Salem, undersecretary of state at the Health Ministry, met a WHO delegation led by Abdelaziz Saleh, deputy head of WHO's regional office in Cairo, the Iraqi News Agency (INA) reported.

Stale-cake scam brings 5-year term
CAIRO — A wealthy Egyptian businessman and four colleagues who conspired to sell 28 tons of stale chocolate cakes that had passed their sell-by dates on the Egyptian and Lebanese markets were jailed for up to five years yesterday, court sources said.
A Cairo state security court sentenced Ashraf Quweiri, owner of the Overseas Co. for Food Products, and his export director to five years in prison for bribing public officials and forging documents.

Weekly notes …
Iran's new economy minister, Tahmasb Mazaheri, criticized the limping economy yesterday and called for creation of a privatization body. "Despite the vast natural resources and existing potential in the country, the unemployment rate has been high while the quality of products has not been suitable," Mr. Mazaheri said. … A spy drone lost over Iraq took off from a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf and not from Kuwait, Foreign Minister Sheik Sabah Ahmed Sabah implied yesterday. "It is regrettable that people are saying it came from Kuwait … I would like to know from which aircraft carrier the plane took off," he told Al-Qabas newspaper.

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