- The Washington Times - Friday, February 15, 2002

U.S. to sell missiles to Egypt

Despite objections from Israel's supporters, the U.S. government has notified lawmakers that it intends to sell Egypt 53 Harpoon anti-ship missiles and other weapons valued at $255 million.

A senior defense official said yesterday the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency decided to proceed with the deal after providing extensive briefings to lawmakers on its military importance. Congress has 30 days to block the sale.

U.S. considers lifting China sanctions

White House National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice said yesterday that the administration was considering lifting sanctions imposed in September on Chinese companies that sent missile parts to Pakistan. "No decisions have been made," she told reporters.

Miss Rice said there had been "progress" in getting China to halt sales of weapons of mass destruction to unstable regions, despite the administration's decision to impose economic sanctions on Beijing twice in the past six months.

Meanwhile, President Bush will take a hard line on North Korea's missile sales during his upcoming visit to Japan, South Korea and China, Miss Rice said.

"We believe the North is exporting to just about anybody who will buy," Miss Rice said.

The president also will not back away from identifying North Korea as an "axis of evil."

"We believe that you can have a policy that speaks the truth, speaks clearly about the North Korean regime, and yet leaves open the possibility of dialogue," she said.

Bob Jones University recruits minorities

GREENVILLE, S.C. Bob Jones University is recruiting minorities and says it wants to shake its racist image.

The fundamentalist Christian school dropped a ban on interracial dating after a 2000 visit by presidential candidate George W. Bush drew attention to the policy.

The university is offering aid to minority students through two funds sponsored by private donations, school spokesman Jonathan Pait said.

New drugs cure malaria in monkeys

Researchers have found a new class of drugs that in laboratory animals can cure malaria, a mosquito-borne disease that kills more than 2 million people annually.

The drug, called G25 by the French team that developed it, disabled the spread of the malaria parasite by blocking its ability to make copies of itself inside the red blood cells of victims.

In laboratory studies, the researchers reported today in the journal Science, small doses of G25 were able to cure infections of two types of malaria in two types of monkeys.

Judge finds boy's arrest legal

DENVER A federal judge reversed a decision that caused an international uproar, ruling that the 1999 arrest of a Swiss-American boy accused of molesting his sister was legal.

U.S. District Judge Wiley Daniel's decision on Wednesday reversed one he made a year ago that found the arrest of Raoul Wuthrich illegal because sheriff's deputies didn't obtain a warrant first.

Judge Daniel said he now considered the arrest legal because new information claiming that the boy told a therapist he molested all three of his sisters and set fires showed that authorities believed they had to act quickly to protect the children.

Stricter security ordered at nuclear plants

The Bush administration yesterday ordered all U.S. nuclear power plants to adopt stricter security measures to prevent a potential attack like the hijacked airplanes flown into the World Trade Center.

The tougher security includes stricter access to the plants, more training for plant guards and better coordination with state and federal officials, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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