- The Washington Times - Monday, July 29, 2002

Two wounded soldiersremoved to Germany
BAGRAM, Afghanistan Two American soldiers who were seriously wounded in an ambush in eastern Afghanistan have been evacuated to Germany for medical treatment, a military spokesman said yesterday.
A spokesman at Bagram, the main U.S. base in Afghanistan, said one soldier had very serious head injuries and was sent from the hospital at the U.S. base in Landstuhl, Germany, to a hospital in Hamburg. The other soldier was in stable condition at Landstuhl with eye injuries, he said.


Jackson promotesnonviolence for Mideast

JERUSALEM The Rev. Jesse Jackson urged the Palestinians yesterday to change tack in their 22-month-old uprising and adopt nonviolent forms of resistance to end Israeli occupation.
Mr. Jackson, who has described himself as an impartial "bridge-builder" visiting the Middle East on a peace mission, also called on Israel to halt settlement construction in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip as a key to renewing peace talks frozen for nearly two years.
"We hope that in talking with [Palestinian leader Yasser] Arafat and other leaders in the region, that [Palestinians] will see the value of nonviolence, not as an act of submission or surrender, but a form of resistance," Mr. Jackson told reporters after meeting Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres.


Benazir Bhutto chosento lead opposition

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Exiled former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto will remain head of Pakistan's main opposition party going into October parliamentary elections after she won a party ballot yesterday.
Mrs. Bhutto was re-elected as chairman of the Pakistan People's Party after running unopposed, party spokesman Farhatullah Babar said.
Mrs. Bhutto, who was twice deposed as prime minister in 1990 and 1996, has said she plans to return from self-imposed exile for the Oct. 10 elections.


Yugoslav army seizesboat with Croats

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia Soldiers fired on and seized a boatload of Croatian dignitaries yesterday near a disputed island in the Danube River, officials said.
Nobody was hurt, and the Croats were released after being interrogated for several hours in a barracks. But the incident showed how tense relations remain between the wartime foes, and Yugoslav officials moved fast to head off a major scandal.
Four boats carrying several Croatian mayors, a district governor and civilians including children tried to reach Sarengradska Island in the Danube River, which separates Yugoslavia and Croatia.


U.S.-led naval coalitionexpands Red Sea activity
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates After an eight-year break, a U.S.-led naval coalition is resuming inspection of vessels in the northern Red Sea because U.N. sanctions against Iraq are being broken in the area, a U.S. Navy spokesman said yesterday.
The decision is opposed by Jordan, which is Iraq's largest trading partner and a key American ally in the Middle East.
Coalition forces in the Persian Gulf region long have been trying to prevent Iraqi oil smuggling and stop Iraq-bound cargo ships, except those carrying approved food, medical supplies or humanitarian items.

Sudan rebels saidto want united country

KHARTOUM, Sudan President Omar Hassan Bashir said the government and the country's main rebel group are committed to a united Sudan although they have agreed to a peace deal offering the south the option of independence in a future referendum.
Mr. Bashir spoke late on Saturday on his return from Uganda, where he held a historic first meeting with John Garang, head of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), which has fought a 19-year-long civil war against Khartoum.

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