- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 5, 2002

AFGHANISTAN
Taliban's Omar warns against war on Iraq
CAIRO A statement attributed to ousted Afghan leader Mullah Mohammed Omar says the United States will face more "hostility, chaos and destruction" if it attacks Iraq, Qatar-based Al Jazeera television reported yesterday.
"America is using terrorism as a justification to launch war against Iraq and the U.S. will not gain anything but more hostility, chaos and destruction" with any attack, according to a one-page fax received by the station.
Mullah Omar, the leader of Afghanistan's ousted Taliban regime, has been in hiding since he fled the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar last December.

BURMA
Former chief Ne Win dies in detention
RANGOON Gen. Ne Win, Burma's former military dictator who dragged his country into poverty during his 26 years in power, died today while under house arrest, family members said. He was 91.
The family members said he died at 7:30 a.m. in his lakeside villa, where he had been kept confined along with his daughter since March 7 after the arrest of his three grandsons and son-in-law on charges of attempting to overthrow the military government. The family members spoke on the condition of anonymity.
No other details of the circumstances of his death were immediately available.

EAST TIMOR
Curfew imposed after riots; 2 killed
DILI Security forces fired on student protesters in the East Timorese capital yesterday, killing two persons and prompting mobs to loot shops and set fire to several buildings, including the prime minister's house.
The unrest in Dili was the worst in East Timor since it became the world's newest nation in May and highlights rising discontent with government. Most of East Timor's 800,000 people are desperately poor and have seen few benefits of independence.

ISRAEL
Copters strike Gaza amid statehood talk
JERUSALEM Israeli helicopters blasted a Gaza City building with missiles yesterday, killing a suspected militant, one of several violent incidents on a day also marked by Israeli statements about Palestinian statehood.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said that as part of the U.S.-sponsored "road map" for Mideast peace, Palestinians could set up a temporary state in part of the West Bank and much of Gaza. But Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that even before peace talks, Palestinians would have to give up their demand to relocate millions of refugees in Israel.

LEBANON
Iraqi opposition leader stabbed to death
TYRE An Iraqi opposition group accused Saddam Hussein's government yesterday of killing one of its members who was found stabbed to death in the city.
There was no immediate reaction from Baghdad. Colleagues from the Iraqi National Congress and Lebanese security officials said Walid Ibrahim al-Mayahi, 35, was found dead and bound late Tuesday at the Al-Sadr Center for Islamic Studies, where he worked.
Lebanese police detained Sheik Mohammed al-Bousayri, head of the center, which is linked to the opposition, and other Iraqis for questioning, but said they had no immediate suspects in the killing.

HAITI
Anti-Aristide strike closes businesses
PORT-AU-PRINCE Shops and schools were bolted shut yesterday during a general strike called to protest President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's government a day after police and mobs broke up anti-government demonstrations.
Nearly 200 businesses, including banks and gas stations, closed in the capital of Port-au-Prince, while others in the northern provinces were shuttered in solidarity.


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