- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 14, 2002

Laura Bush in Paris on Afghan mission
PARIS U.S. first lady Laura Bush arrived in Paris yesterday, embarking on a solo trip to Europe as President Bush's official representative to highlight U.S.-led efforts to rebuild Afghanistan.
Mrs. Bush's 20-year-old, camera-shy daughter, Jenna, disembarked behind two garment bags strategically held head high by a U.S. official.
Mrs. Bush opens her tour with a 25-minute formal address today to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, where she will talk about the importance of education in building free and prosperous societies. The first lady said she would talk specifically about the need to educate women and girls in Afghanistan.

Nuclear whistleblower appears in Israeli court
JERUSALEM Nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu made a rare court appearance yesterday to request that secret documents from his trial be made public and to seek permission to meet with his British lawyers.
The gray-haired, tanned Vanunu arrived in court handcuffed and wearing brown prison garb. Vanunu, who is serving an 18-year prison term for treason, has spent several years in solitary confinement.
Vanunu, a former nuclear technician, was sentenced in 1988, two years after he gave the Sunday Times of London pictures of Israel's nuclear reactor near the Negev Desert town of Dimona.
Based on the pictures, experts concluded Israel had the world's sixth-largest stockpile of nuclear weapons. The CIA estimated more recently that Israel has between 200 and 400 nuclear weapons.

Pakistan pledges aid to tribal regions
KURRAM, Pakistan The Pakistani government promised $167 million yesterday for development projects in the backward tribal belt along the Afghan border, seeking to placate the area's pro-Taliban leaders as the U.S.-led war on terrorism spreads to their lands.
"We are giving them incentives for their cooperation with the Pakistani army and government," Lt. Gen. Ali Mohammed Jan Aurakzai, commander of the army's 11th Corps, told reporters after meeting with tribal leaders in Kurram.
Pakistani troops arrested more than 100 al Qaeda and Taliban suspects in Kurram last December as they fled relentless U.S. air strikes and a ground assault across the border at Tora Bora.
In recent weeks, U.S. special forces have joined Pakistani troops in an attempt to flush out al Qaeda and Taliban fugitives hiding in the tribal areas.

Spain convicts Basque terrorists
MADRID Spain's High Court yesterday convicted and sentenced 17 members or collaborators of the violent Basque separatist group ETA.
Among those sentenced was Inaki Bilbao, who received a 101-year term even though the maximum prison sentence one can serve in Spain is 30 years, court sources said. The other 16 sentences added up to 283 years.

7 killed in attack on Kashmir army camp
JAMMU, India At least seven persons were killed in an apparent suicide attack by militants who stormed an army camp in India's rebellion-torn state of Jammu and Kashmir today, police said.
The dawn attack coincided with the visit to New Delhi of U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christina Rocca aimed at cooling tensions between nuclear rivals India and Pakistan.

Korean asylum-seekers to be moved
TOKYO Three North Korean asylum-seekers holed up in the U.S. Consulate in Shenyang in northeastern China are expected to be moved to Singapore, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported today, quoting a government source. They are likely to be taken to South Korea from there.


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