- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 14, 2002

Communists vote to include capitalists
BEIJING China's 16th Communist Party Congress today approved an amendment to the party charter approving Jiang Zemin's plan to formally allow capitalist entrepreneurs to become party members.
The new party charter includes the theory of the "Three Represents," touted by Mr. Jiang, state president and party general secretary, the state Xinhua news agency said.
The amendment says that the party represents "advanced production forces" widely assumed to mean capitalists.
However, the amendment did not mention Mr. Jiang by name, which some observers had said he had wanted in order to elevate his name in the charter alongside predecessors Mao Tse-tung and Deng Xiaoping.

Manhunt targets Muslim militants
BERLIN Police have searched 27 apartments across Germany and arrested one man in raids against suspected Islamic extremists, officials said yesterday.
The raids in cities including Frankfurt, Muenster and Hamburg followed a yearlong observation of 25 persons suspected of founding a radical Islamic organization, said Job Tilmann, spokesman for the Frankfurt prosecutors' office, which coordinated the operation Tuesday.
Several people were detained temporarily, and one man was arrested in Frankfurt, though Mr. Tilmann said the charges against him stemmed from an unrelated conviction.

Musharraf changes parliament date
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf yesterday set a new date for the inauguration of Pakistan's first parliament since his 1999 coup, summoning legislators elected five weeks ago to sit on Saturday.
While the announcement brings a partial end to the political limbo Pakistan has been locked in since Oct. 10 polls, it did not immediately appear to herald a breakthrough in monthlong efforts by parties to form a governing coalition.
A hung parliament emerged from last month's polls, with militant Islamists who support Osama bin Laden making huge gains.

Tribunal sends Milosevic to psychiatrist
AMSTERDAM U.N. war-crimes tribunal judges yesterday ordered a psychiatric evaluation of Slobodan Milosevic to gauge the mental strain his trial is taking on him, the Hague-based court said.
Mr. Milosevic, who has suffered from bouts of flu, exhaustion and high blood pressure, was unable to attend the trial on Tuesday. Trial proceedings have been called off for the rest of this week as a result.

Turkish Islamist meets Italian prime minister
ROME The leader of the Islamic-rooted party that swept Turkish elections met with Italy's prime minister yesterday in his first foreign visit since the vote, to press Turkey's bid to join the European Union and show a nervous West that his party does not back an Islamist agenda.
For Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the visit is also an attempt to demonstrate to Turks that despite a law banning him from serving as prime minister, he is no longer a militant Islamist.

India seeks U.S. help in nuclear development
NEW DELHI India and the United States have agreed to set up a body to facilitate the transfer to India of sophisticated civilian and military technology and to discuss cooperation in the space and nuclear sectors, officials said.
Agreement on the issues was reached during discussions here between high-level delegations led respectively by Indian Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha and Kenneth Juster, U.S. undersecretary of commerce for exports, a joint statement said.
The United States had long prohibited the export to India of any sensitive high technology that could have military applications.

Snail mail keeps Nepal woman in jail
KATMANDU, Nepal Nepal's notoriously slow postal service kept a woman in jail for six extra years when it failed to promptly deliver a Supreme Court order for her release, the press reported.
Padma Maya Gurung, 34, was jailed for murder in 1993 in the Dhantuka district, 80 miles east of Katmandu, and in 1997 the court agreed to commute her sentence.
But because of the postal service's inefficiency, the letter only reached the remote district in June of this year.

Germany to surrender terrorist's brain
STUTTGART, Germany The daughters of German guerrilla Ulrike Meinhof were told yesterday they could have back their late mother's brain, which was secretly studied for clues about what transformed her into one of Germany's most feared urban guerrillas.
The twins, Regine and Bettina Roehl, had asked for the brain to be buried with her body as soon as possible. It was removed from their mother and preserved in formaldehyde after she committed suicide in 1976.


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