- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 10, 2002

Iranian students protest judiciary
TEHRAN Hundreds of Iranian students protested Iran's hard-line judiciary yesterday in the biggest political demonstration in the Islamic Republic for more than three years.
The group of about 500 students made fires outside the Tehran University campus gates and chanted in unison: "Political prisoners should be released" and "Our problem is the judiciary," witnesses said.
Police blocked off roads surrounding the campus and fired at least one tear-gas canister. But they made no move toward the students, keeping at a distance of around 100 yards.
The demonstration came just days after a hard-line court sentenced Tehran University academic Hashem Aghajari to death for blasphemy after he criticized the clergy's right to rule the Islamic Republic.

2 rockets fired near U.S. personnel
PESHAWAR, Pakistan Two rockets were fired at a building where U.S. personnel are believed to be helping hunt for Taliban forces in a remote tribal area, residents and officials said yesterday. There were no reports of casualties.
Residents of Pakistan's Miran Shah area near the Afghanistan border said the first rocket landed late Friday, about 250 yards from the guarded government building. The second rocket, fired minutes later, also missed its target, but damaged an unoccupied house.

Netanyahu favors Israel's joining EU
JERUSALEM Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu favors Israel's joining the European Union and has asked Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to help him achieve that goal, military radio reported yesterday.
Mr. Netanyahu, who hopes to unseat Prime Minister Ariel Sharon as head of their Likud Party and lead it to victory in January general elections, made the request soon after he joined a caretaker Cabinet Wednesday, the radio said.
Israel is bound to the 15-member European Union by an open-ended association accord, signed in 1975 and regularly renewed since, that will eventually lead to a free-trade zone.

Ivory Coast rebels suspend peace talks
LOME, Togo Ivory Coast rebels suspended their peace talks with government negotiators in Togo yesterday, saying President Laurent Gbagbo had to do more to rein in his security forces.
The announcement followed the murder in Abidjan of a top rebel leader's brother last week. The bullet-riddled body of Benoit Dacoury-Tabley, brother of the rebels' representative in Europe, was found in an Abidjan suburb.
Hundreds of people were killed during four weeks of fighting in Ivory Coast, the world's top cocoa producer, after a failed coup on Sept. 19.

Al Qaeda suspect killed by CIA missile buried
SAN'A, Yemen A top al Qaeda suspect killed in a CIA missile strike this week was buried in Yemen yesterday, security officials said.
Qaed Salim Sinan al-Harethi, described by U.S. and Yemeni officials as al Qaeda's chief operative in Yemen, was killed Tuesday together with five other men after a CIA Predator drone aircraft fired a missile at their car.
Yemeni and U.S. officials said the dead also included a Yemeni-American man, identified by Yemeni officials as Ahmed Hijazi. U.S. officials have linked Hijazi to a suspected al Qaeda cell in suburban Buffalo, N.Y.

Philippine president names military chief
MANILA President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will designate a three-star general who defended the presidential palace from a coup plot last year as the next military chief of staff, officials said yesterday.
Lt. Gen. Dionisio Santiago, the current army chief, will replace Gen. Benjamin Defensor on Nov. 18, Arroyo spokesman Rigoberto Tiglao said.
Gen. Santiago headed a government force that secured the Malacanang presidential palace when thousands of mostly impoverished supporters of ousted President Joseph Estrada stormed it in May 2001 in bloody rioting that killed at least six.

Actor urges Zambia to accept GM food
LUSAKA, Zambia Former James Bond actor Roger Moore urged Zambia yesterday to reconsider its decision to reject genetically modified (GM) food aid to ease severe shortages affecting 3 million of its people.
"The situation is very serious because children cannot learn on empty stomachs. The hunger situation in the southern province is very alarming," Mr. Moore, a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Children's Fund, said.
The British celebrity was speaking to reporters after a tour of Zambia, which last month rejected GM maize aid and said the decision was final.

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