- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 2, 2001

Leftists, neo-Nazis —clash in Germany
LEIPZIG, Germany — At least five persons were injured yesterday when around 100 left-wing extremists and a thousand neo-Nazi activists clashed violently in this eastern German city, police said.
Activists from both groups threw stones and bottles at each other, smashed windows and damaged several cars before police dispersed the crowd using water cannons.
The street battle was triggered by the 62nd anniversary of the start of World War II.

Russia expects sale of arms to Iran
MOSCOW — Russia hope to go ahead with arms sales to Iran, breaking an accord with the United States, but insisted yesterday the weapons would have exclusively defensive capabilities.
"In any case, our discussions [with Iran] will concern only defensive weapons such as ground-to-air defense systems and conventional weapons," Vice Prime Minister Ilia Klebanov was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying.
Russia said last November it intended to renew arms sales to Iran, breaking an agreement signed with the United States in 1995 which banned the delivery of Russian arms to Iran from January 2000.

Britain widens zone of animal exclusion
LONDON — An exclusion zone put in place to check the spread of foot-and-mouth disease in northeast England was widened yesterday after a suspected case was confirmed outside the existing zone, officials said.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said the 400-square-mile zone spanning the counties of Northumberland and Cumbria had been extended northward by around a fifth following the confirmation of a case in a farm in Newbrough, several miles outside the zone.

Britain cutting troops in Sierra Leone
LONDON — About a third of the British troops serving in Sierra Leone will go home next week, the British government said yesterday.
Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon said about 200 soldiers from the 2nd Battalion Light Infantry would complete their work training Sierra Leone troops on Friday. Their withdrawal will reduce the British military complement in the West African nation from between 550 and 600 to 360.

Czechs may try former Communists
PRAGUE — Czechs may put two former top Communists on trial for collaborating with the enemy after the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, a Czech daily said yesterday.
Mlada Fronta Dnes said that investigators had closed the case of former Communist Party General Secretary Milous Jakes and former Czechoslovak Prime Minister Jozef Lenart and asked the state attorney to indict them for treason.
They would become the most prominent Czech Communists to face trial since the 1989 collapse of the system.


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