- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 1, 2002

BRITAIN
Ex-aircraft engineer admits spying for Russia
LONDON A former aircraft engineer for a British defense company admitted in court Friday that he tried to sell secrets about the country's stealth cruise-missile program to Russia.
Ian Parr, 45, was arrested at a pub in March while trying to sell secret documents for $200,000 to a man he believed was Russian. The contact was actually an agent for Britain's domestic intelligence service, MI5.
Mr. Parr, a father of two, had worked at BAE Systems' avionics division for 15 years when his employer told him he might be laid off.

NORWAY
Smoking ban eyed for restaurants, bars
OSLO Norway presented a white paper Friday aiming to make it the first country in the world to ban smoking in all restaurants and bars nationwide beginning in 2004.
Some states and cities in the United States and Canada have imposed smoking bans in public places, but Norway would be the first country to outlaw smokers from restaurants and bars in the entire country.
The center-right minority government presented the plan Friday after a round of hearings, in which it said almost all groups, including unions and employers, supported the proposal.
Former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland is a leading anti-tobacco campaigner as head of the World Health Organization.

DENMARK
Court upholds ruling on ex-Iraqi general
COPENHAGEN A Danish high court Friday upheld a ruling restricting the movement of former Iraqi army chief of staff Nizar al-Khazraji to prevent him from avoiding possible prosecution for war crimes, a court spokeswoman said.
The ruling means Gen. al-Khazraji, suspected of crimes against Kurds in the late 1980s, cannot leave the country, has to surrender his passport and is required to report to police three times a week.
Gen. al-Khazraji was head of Iraq's armed forces from 1987 to 1990, fled to Jordan in 1995 and four years later applied for political asylum in Denmark.


GERMANY
Spy agency to sell 'top secret' underwear
BERLIN Germany's spy agency plans to sell "top secret" underwear bearing its German eagle logo as part of its efforts to spruce up its public image.
The shop will offer consumers T-shirts, pens, calendars, rulers, stationery and jackets, as well as the underwear.
Men's underwear will be emblazoned with terms such as "Verschlusssache" ("Classified"), "Streng Geheim" ("Top Secret") and "Amtlich Geheim Gehalten" ("Confidential").


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