- The Washington Times - Monday, December 31, 2001

Britain honors Kingsley, Bee Gees
LONDON Oscar-winning actor Ben Kingsley, boxer Lennox Lewis and veteran high-pitched pop stars the Bee Gees are among the great and good of Britain feted in the Queen's New Year Honors List for 2002 announced today.
Other awards went to pop singer Helen Sade, best known for her sexy hit "Smooth Operator," actress Lynn Redgrave and England cricket captain Nasser Hussain, who all received OBEs (Officer of the Order of the British Empire).
Terence Leahy, chief executive of Britain's largest retailer, Tesco Plc., and Robin Saxby, chairman of the chip designer ARM Holdings, received knighthoods.
Mr. Kingsley, best known for his portrayal of Gandhi and his starring role in the Steven Spielberg hit "Schindler's List," also becomes a knight, earning him the right to be addressed as "Sir Ben."

Iraq, Egypt step up economic ties
BAGHDAD Iraq and Egypt signed an accord yesterday to work together on industrial, trade and technical issues, bolstering a 6-month-old free-trade agreement.
Iraq's Trade Minister Mohammed Mehdi Saleh and his Egyptian counterpart, Yusef Butros-Ghali, put pen to paper in front of journalists.
"Both countries are determined to increase the volume of bilateral trade," which reached $1.7 billion this year, Mr. Saleh said.
Egypt is Iraq's third-largest trading partner and the biggest in the Arab world.

Seven Maoists killed in Nepal
KATMANDU, Nepal Seven Maoists were killed in fighting with Nepal's security forces, defense officials said yesterday, as the government pursued its search-and-destroy policy against the rebels.
Two Maoists, including an area commander, had been shot dead by security forces in the eastern district of Kavrepalanchowk, the Defense Ministry said. Twelve guerrillas were arrested and a cache of weapons, explosives and bomb-making materials seized in the incident.
Two more rebels were killed in Kailali district, to the far west, and one was killed in Rasuwa district, north of the capital, Katmandu. Two more Maoists were killed, but the ministry did not give details about them.

Zambian protesters demand vote result
LUSAKA, Zambia Thousands of angry voters took to the streets of Zambia's capital yesterday, demanding the immediate release of results from last week's hotly contested elections.
The protesters, who included about 3,000 university students, blocked all major roads and marched in downtown Lusaka tearing up presidential candidate Levy Mwanawasa's election posters.
The ruling party and the electoral commission have blamed an unexpectedly large voter turnout 80 percent of registered voters and logistical problems for the delay, and have denied any wrongdoing.
Seven opposition parties accuse the government of rigging the ballot and are calling for a new vote.
The leading opposition candidate, Anderson Mazoka of the United Party for National Development, is leading Mr. Mwanawsa of the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy.

Philippine military kills 13 Muslim guerrillas
ZAMBOANGA, Philippines Philippine Marines raided a Muslim guerrilla camp in a southern jungle, killing 13 combatants in a five-hour battle, a military official said yesterday.
The skirmish took place on Saturday in Jolo island, about 590 miles south of Manila.
It was the latest of a series of battles in the southern region of Mindanao.
The military learned of the rebel casualties through two-way radio intercepts, said Lt. Gen. Roy Cimatu, the southern military chief.
Gen. Cimatu said the rebels were Abu Sayyaf guerrillas and followers of Nur Misuari, the former governor of an autonomous Muslim region in the southern Philippines.

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