- The Washington Times - Friday, December 28, 2001

China says report in Times is 'groundless'
China denied that it provided weapons to al Qaeda after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.
Referring to a report in The Washington Times of Dec. 21 on the subject, the People's Daily quoted a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman as saying the report was "a sheer fabrication with ulterior motives" and "groundless."
The spokeswoman, Zhang Qiyue, also "reiterated that China opposes terrorism of all forms and its stance is definite and consistent," the daily said.
China also denied an Aug. 6 report in The Times that said China continued to supply missile parts to Pakistan.
The daily also made a personal attack on Times reporter Bill Gertz, author of the two reports, calling him "a Cold War mentality deeply-rooted person."

Zimbabwe opposition says member killed
HARARE, Zimbabwe Backers of Zimbabwe's ruling party have killed an opposition activist, the fourth such slaying in a week of rising political violence ahead of a presidential election in March, his party said yesterday.
Two other members of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) were killed last week in Mashonaland East province, and another in Mashonaland Central.
Laban Chiweta, 24, an MDC activist, died Wednesday from head injuries suffered in an attack in early December by youth militia from the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), MDC said in a statement.

3 reformist legislators resign in Iran
TEHRAN Three reformist legislators in Iran have resigned to protest the jailing of another lawmaker for insulting the judiciary, a government-run newspaper reported yesterday.
Hossein Loqmanian was jailed Tuesday after an appeals court upheld his 10-month sentence.
The details of his offense were not immediately available.
The daily Iran newspaper reported yesterday that lawmakers Mohsen Torkashvand, Mohammed Piran and Mohammed Reza Hosseini resigned from parliament, or Majlis, in protest.
Other lawmakers joined them in condemning the judiciary, but did not take the dramatic step of resigning.

Ingushetian president to resign after 8 years
MOSCOW The president of Ingushetia yesterday announced his intention to resign more than a year ahead of the end of his mandate, a move that threatened to further destabilize the Russian republic.
"On Saturday, I will announce on state television that I am resigning," said President Ruslan Aushev, who has held the post for eight years.
His decision could create problems in the small Caucasian republic of 334,000 people, which is home to an estimated 148,000 refugees, mostly from the neighboring breakaway republic of Chechnya.

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