- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 3, 2001

No apology for Berlin Wall

BERLIN — The descendants of East Germany's Communist Party said yesterday they regretted the building of the Berlin Wall but would not apologize for it.

The cautious formulation on the Cold War symbol marks an effort by the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) to attract new voters without alienating its core membership of mostly elderly east Germans ahead of Berlin elections in the autumn.

"We regret the injustice that came from the political force responsible at the time," the party's leadership said in a statement.

Normally, disputes about such distant events — the wall was built in August 1961 — might be left to historians, except that the PDS could play a key role in shaping who will serve as the next mayor of Berlin.

Japan, Britain talks focus on warming pact

LONDON — Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said yesterday that he and British counterpart Tony Blair had agreed to seek a way to bring the United States back into the Kyoto treaty on global warming.

"We agreed that it was important for Japan and Britain to cooperate to find a way to have the United States take part," Mr. Koizumi told reporters after the two leaders met in London.

"Japan and Britain support the principles of the Kyoto pact. It is still too early to leave the United States behind," Mr. Koizumi told reporters in London.

The new Japanese leader said it was "theoretically possible" for the European Union and Japan to go ahead and ratify the Kyoto Protocol, leaving behind the United States — although he questioned how effective the treaty would be.

Fresh revolt in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India — Ten gunfights in the strife-torn Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir killed at least 17 persons, including three security officers, officials said yesterday.

The killings were the latest in mounting violence in the disputed Himalayan region before this month's summit between India and Pakistan.

Violence in the disputed Himalayan region has increased since India called off a cease-fire in Kashmir more than a month ago. India frequently accuses Pakistan of backing Muslim guerrillas fighting New Delhi's rule in the state.

IMF delays vote on Turkey aid

The International Monetary Fund postponed a board meeting set for today on approving a $1.6 billion loan installment for Turkey because the government has not fulfilled some loan conditions.

The IMF and its main Western shareholders are concerned that an economic recovery program could founder amid government bickering in Ankara.

Sweet nothings from left field

LONDON — Lovers take heed. If you are going to whisper sweet nothings to your sweetheart, make sure it is through the left ear.

So says Teow-Chong Sim of Sam Houston State University in the United States, who found in a study that emotional words got through to people better when spoken through the left ear, not the right.

"The findings are consistent with the role of the brain's right hemisphere in the processing of emotional stimuli," Mr. Teow-Chong told the British Psychological Society's European Congress.

Scientists have also found a left ear advantage for stimuli including musical chords and melodies.

Loner is convicted of killing broadcaster

LONDON — A celebrity-obsessed loner was convicted yesterday of the murder of popular British BBC television broadcaster Jill Dando. She was gunned down on the doorstep of her west London home two years ago.

Jailing Barry George, 41, to life — the automatic sentence for murder — the judge told him he was "unpredictable and dangerous."

Miss Dando's murder shocked London almost as much as the death two years earlier of Princess Diana.

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