- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Saddam tells Kurds to talk or else
BAGHDAD President Saddam Hussein warned Kurds living in areas of northern Iraq outside his control yesterday that he may resort to force if they refuse dialogue.
He was taking aim at Jalal Talabani, head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), for refusing Baghdad's recent overtures to open dialogue. "Why have you published a communique rejecting any dialogue with the government?" he asked.
On Monday, Saddam met members of the rival Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Baghdad, state television said. It said he renewed an offer of dialogue with the KDP.

Israeli army ignores troops breaking rules
JERUSALEM The Israeli military decided it will not prosecute soldiers in the death of an 11-year-old Palestinian boy, though its findings indicate troops fired without justification from a tank-mounted machine gun near children, according to internal army documents.
The Israeli human rights group Betselem said yesterday the case confirmed its long-standing suspicions that the military is not conducting serious investigations into the deaths of Palestinians. Betselem Research Director Yael Stein said she believes the internal army documents attached to a response to a Betselem inquiry were sent inadvertently.

Detained Algerian describes atrocities
ALGIERS Algerian Islamic fighter Djeboul Boumedhi, arrested at the end of August, has confessed without remorse to massacres he took part in.
Shown off by the authorities to selected Algerian media, Mr. Boumedhi reportedly recounted the killings, and kidnappings of young women who were carted off to be used as sex slaves.
Mr. Boumedhi started off as a painter and decorator, then lived in Libya, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, where he fought with Muslims against Lebanese Christians.

Ancient Roman city found in Nile delta
CAIRO Egyptian archaeologists have found a 2,000-year-old Roman city in the Nile delta, complete with the remains of an ancient winery, Egypt's antiquities chief Gaballah Ali Gaballah said yesterday.
"The Romans came to Egypt when they beat Cleopatra in 30 B.C., and this city dates back to about the first century A.D.," Mr. Gaballah said. The team made the discovery at Kom Nagierea, near Alexandria.

Weekly notes
French President Jacques Chirac was to meet Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates, yesterday in Abu Dhabi for talks on the stalled Middle East peace process and the war in Afghanistan. Mr. Chirac is to travel on to Saudi Arabia. A group of Kuwaitis filed suit against the Arabic-language edition of Newsweek for publishing quotes from U.S. Rep. John Cooksey, Louisiana Republican, about Arab garb as well as a photograph of Muslims bent in prayer that they say insult Islam and violate the emirate's press law.

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