- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 27, 2002

Trial of four opens in Pakistan gang rape

DERA GHAZI KHAN, Pakistan Four men were charged yesterday with gang-raping a woman on the orders of a traditional village jury in a case that sparked outrage across Pakistan.

On the opening day of the trial, 10 other men were charged with involvement in the case, while a policeman accused of negligence may be tried in a separate court, prosecution lawyers said.

Abdul Khaliq, Ghulam Farid, Faiz Mohammad and Allah Ditta, ages between 20 and 40, face the death penalty if convicted, but they deny the charges against them.

South Asia toll in flooding reaches 367

DHAKA, Bangladesh Surging river waters overturned boats, drowning two dozen passengers, and swept away children yesterday in South Asia's worst floods in four years, which have so far killed 367 persons.

About 7 million have been left homeless or stranded by rain, floods and mudslides in Bangladesh, Nepal and India in the past month.

The most deaths have occurred in Nepal, where incessant rain has pushed mud and rock down Himalayan mountainsides, smashing 3,700 houses and burying villages. At least 200 persons have died, 115 have been injured and 30 are missing, the kingdom's Home Ministry said yesterday.

Kashmir rebels kill 3 from ruling party

SRINAGAR, India Suspected separatist guerrillas have fatally shot three members of disputed Kashmir's ruling party, police said yesterday.

Nine more died in rebel violence across the Himalayan region, which is central in a seven-month military standoff between India and Pakistan.

The attacks came ahead of Secretary of State Colin L. Powell's weekend visit aimed at calming tensions between the nuclear rivals over Kashmir and nudging them toward peace talks.

Tribal guerrillas kill 8 in eastern India

GUWAHATI, India Outlawed tribal guerrillas fatally shot seven Indian paramilitary soldiers in the northeastern state of Tripura yesterday, officials said, adding an attacker also died in the fighting.

A police spokesman said about a dozen heavily armed guerrillas of the National Liberation Front of Tripura ambushed a convoy carrying security personnel near the village of Debenpara, 28 miles south of Tripura's capital of Agartala.

Weekly notes

About 3,000 people rallied in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, yesterday to demand the government arrest the killers of Vice President Abdul Qadir, warning that unrest was brewing among the country's dominant Pashtun community. Mr. Qadir, who was also governor of Nangarhar province, was slain July 6 while leaving his office in Kabul. The mayor of Kabul, the Afghan capital, yesterday offered to resign after President Hamid Karzai told business leaders last week that bribe-taking city government officials were hurting the Afghan capital. Mayor Fazel Karim said he was "very upset" about the criticism.

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