- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 28, 2002

PAKISTAN
Anti-American lslamists take key legislature
PESHAWAR A hard-line Islamic candidate won an election yesterday in a strategic Pakistani province believed to be sheltering al Qaeda and Taliban fugitives, signaling the rise to power of a religious bloc that has vowed to keep U.S. forces out of its territory.
Before the vote that elected Bakht Jehan speaker of the North West Frontier Province legislature, members of his coalition led prayers condemning the United States for the war in neighboring Afghanistan and asking that "America [be] ruined and destroyed."

NIGERIA
Archbishop urges self-defense
ABUJA A Catholic archbishop said yesterday that Christians were "tired of turning the other cheek" to Muslim attacks and blamed the government for deadly sectarian riots after a newspaper article about the Miss World beauty pageant.
"No group of people should be allowed to invade the city of Abuja and molest law-abiding citizens," said the Rev. John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, archbishop in Nigeria's capital, Abuja.
The archbishop said Christians shouldn't hesitate to defend themselves from attacks. "It is a Christian duty to protect yourselves," he said.

FRANCE
U.S. promised help in Moussaoui trial
PARIS France and Germany agreed yesterday to cooperate in the U.S. trial of a French man charged in the September 11 attacks after Washington assured them their evidence would not be used to obtain the death penalty.
The two countries, where the death penalty is banned, had previously resisted some U.S. demands for information about Zacarias Moussaoui, who U.S. officials believe was intended to be the 20th hijacker in the attacks.

YUGOSLAVIA
Milosevic ex-bodyguard fatally shot in car
BELGRADE Slobodan Milosevic's former bodyguard and another man were killed in a drive-by shooting in the Yugoslav capital, police said yesterday.
Assailants fired more than 30 shots from a passing car, killing Nenad Batocanin, who was also a top officer in the federal police. He was the eighth senior police officer gunned down in the past six years.
Police said another man with him, identified as Zeljko Skrba, also died in the attack Tuesday as the two were in a vehicle outside Belgrade's Red Star soccer stadium.

CANADA
'The Twelve Days of Giving'
OTTAWA A Christmas ad campaign by the Royal Canadian Mint drops the name of the holiday from a jingle based on "The Twelve Days of Christmas," prompting criticism from religious figures and conservative politicians.
The government-funded mint's TV ad substitutes the word "giving" for "Christmas" in the song.
Mint spokesman Phil Taylor said yesterday the switch was a marketing decision, because Christmas is a time for gifts and the mint wants consumers to consider giving its coins as presents regardless of their religious beliefs.
The Rev. Nancy Murphy, an Anglican priest in Ottawa, called the campaign an example of excessive political correctness.

BRITAIN
Television ad banned for poking fun at Bush
LONDON A British advertising watchdog said yesterday it was banning a commercial for an animated comedy series because it pokes fun at President Bush.
The Broadcast Advertising Clearance Center said the ad, which depicts a cartoon Mr. Bush inserting a videotape into a toaster, could be shown only if the makers sought the president's permission.
The commercial promotes a video and DVD of highlights from "2DTV," an animated series that mocks celebrities and politicians. Its producer, Giles Pilbrow, said requiring satirists to seek permission from their targets is "an idiotic request" that would mean asking Osama bin Laden or Saddam Hussein if it was all right to caricature them.


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