- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 8, 2002

Rights chief criticizes U.S. stand on court
LONDON U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson yesterday criticized Washington's abandonment of a new international court for the world's worst crimes, calling it regrettable and worrisome.
Her words were echoed by European Commission President Romano Prodi, who stressed that the new court would continue regardless.
Canada, one of the prime movers behind the creation of the court, said it is "extremely disappointed" by Washington's decision to abandon the tribunal.
President Bush's government announced Monday that it would pull out of the treaty setting up the court, owing mostly to fears it could be used against U.S. military personnel.

Streaker crashes queen's jubilee
LONDON One of Queen Elizabeth II's subjects greeted her in the nude yesterday, streaking past the royal car during the monarch's Golden Jubilee tour.
The young man bared all to the queen and her husband, Prince Philip, as they drove through the northern England town of Newcastle in their Rolls-Royce.
The streaker appeared to pose for photographers before he was pounced on by at least four police officers, who forced him to lie face down on the ground before covering him in coats.
The queen, who is on a 15-week Golden Jubilee tour of Britain to mark her 50 years on the throne, was on her way to unveil a statue of the late Cardinal Basil Hume.

Chinese plane crashes; 112 feared dead
BEIJING A Chinese airliner with 112 persons aboard crashed last night into the water off northeastern China after the captain reported a fire in the cabin, the official Xinhua news agency said. It said six bodies were found and that there was little chance anyone survived.
More than 30 rescue ships were reported to be headed toward the site of the crash the second in a month involving a Chinese passenger airliner but darkness was hampering search efforts.
The plane, identified as China Northern Flight 6136, was an MD-82 airliner, Xinhua said, and was carrying 103 passengers and nine crew members from Beijing.

Egyptian plane crashes near Tunisian airport
TUNIS, Tunisia An EgyptAir plane with 55 persons aboard crashed yesterday while trying to land near Tunis in bad weather. Egyptian officials said there were at least 15 deaths, while the national news agency put the death toll at five.
Viewed from a distance, the plane, a Boeing 737, was resting on a hill in the area of a park about four miles from the Tunis-Carthage airport, and black smoke was rising from the site. Ambulances rushed to the scene.

Nuclear-plan team visits North Korea
SEOUL North Korea said a team from an international consortium at the heart of a crucial nuclear agreement arrived yesterday for talks on how to push forward a deal to build atomic-power reactors for Pyongyang.
Under a 1994 agreement, North Korea pledged to freeze a suspected nuclear-weapons program in exchange for two safer light-water reactors built by the West.

U.N. council agrees on Iraq sanctions
The U.N. Security Council's five permanent members have agreed on a new system of sanctions against Iraq, the White House said yesterday.
Spokesman Ari Fleischer announced the action in Washington. "This is a step forward," he said. He said the move would be discussed by the full Security Council and voted on this week.
Mr. Fleischer cheered the move as beneficial to the people of Iraq but said they would not see the full benefit if Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein "continues to manipulate" the oil-for-food program.
From wire dispatches and staff reports

Lindh teacher arrested in Pakistan
PESHAWAR, Pakistan A Muslim scholar who taught American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh for six months has been arrested in a joint U.S.-Pakistani operation, a Muslim leader said yesterday.
Mufti Mohammed Iltimas was arrested near the Afghan border in the village of Bannu, according to Qari Abdullah, a local leader of one of Pakistan's largest Islamic groups, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islami.
Lindh faces trial in U.S. District Court in Alexandria on charges that include conspiring to murder U.S. citizens and providing support to foreign terrorist organizations.

Hungry lions feast at ostrich ranch
NAIROBI, Kenya Three hungry lions jumped a 7-foot fence around East Africa's largest ostrich ranch, killing 39 birds and eating four, the farm manager said yesterday.
The lions entered the Maasai Ostrich Farm near Kajiado, 30 miles south of Nairobi, at midnight Monday, Daniel Kaluku said.
One lion later attacked a Kenya Wildlife Service ranger who was tracking the animals after they left the ostrich paddock. The ranger suffered injuries to his leg and face before his co-workers shot and killed the lion, Mr. Kaluku said. The other lions escaped.

Suu Kyi takes over Burmese opposition
RANGOON, Burma Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi took charge of Burma's battered democracy movement yesterday, receiving key Western diplomats and going to her party's headquarters a day after being freed from house arrest.
About 300 party members and supporters chanting "Good health to Aung San Suu Kyi," welcomed the 56-year-old leader when she arrived at the headquarters of her National League for Democracy.
She held talks with party officials for about three hours before returning to her lakeside villa in the capital, Rangoon.


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