- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 17, 2002

Saddam wins by a landslide

BAGHDAD Iraq declared Saddam Hussein the winner yesterday by an 11 million-to-0 margin in a war-shadowed referendum on his two-decade military rule, sending celebratory gunfire crackling from the streets and rooftops of Baghdad.

The 100 percent turnout, 100 percent "yes" vote shows all Iraqis are poised to defend Saddam against American forces, the country's No. 2 man said.

"If they come, we will fight them in every village, and every house," said Izzat Ibrahim, vice chairman of Iraq's Revolutionary Command Council, announcing results on what Iraq billed as a people's referendum on keeping Saddam in power another seven years.

Jamaican elections focused on crime

KINGSTON, Jamaica Jamaicans turned out in large numbers to vote yesterday despite pelting rains and concerns of violence in an election they hoped would revive a sagging economy and ease spiraling crime.

Former President Jimmy Carter is heading a 59-member observer mission in the Caribbean nation. Prime Minister P.J. Patterson, whose People's National Party held a slim edge in opinion polls, hoped to become the first Jamaican leader elected to three consecutive terms.

His opponent, former Prime Minister Edward Seaga, said his Jamaica Labor Party would rescue the moribund tourism industry, create jobs and reduce a high murder rate blamed largely on drug traffickers.

Lebanon defies Israel, pumps Wazzani water

BEIRUT Lebanon yesterday began pumping water from the Wazzani River despite Israel's threat of military action should the project proceed.

"It is our right to use the water defined in our share of the Wazzani spring," President Emile Lahoud told United Press International in an exclusive interview a few hours before the inauguration of the new pumping station on the Wazzani.

Lebanon wants to use the water from the river for its border-area villages.

U.S. doubts Ukraine's openness

KIEV The leader of a U.S.-British team of analysts investigating whether Ukraine sold a sophisticated radar system to Iraq said yesterday he is no longer sure of the government's openness.

Asked if he was satisfied the Ukrainian side was cooperating in a spirit of transparency, Alan van Egmond told the Associated Press, "I wouldn't characterize it entirely that way." He declined to elaborate.

Mr. van Egmond's team of 13 U.S. and British analysts is investigating whether Ukraine has sent radar systems, on orders from President Leonid Kuchma, to Baghdad in violation of U.N. sanctions.

Sherlock Holmes honored for chemistry

LONDON It may seem elementary now, but when Sherlock Holmes used his knowledge of chemistry to crack cases, he broke important ground in crime detection.

Yesterday, the Royal Society of Chemistry recognized the contribution to forensic science made by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective with a coveted honorary fellowship the first time a fictional character has been honored.

"Sherlock Holmes was way beyond his time in using chemistry and chemical sciences as a means of cracking crime," said John Watson, a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and namesake of Holmes' doctor friend.

Britain to modify tanks for desert

LONDON Britain plans to modify more than 200 of its tanks for desert warfare, a defense official said yesterday, raising speculation that Britain will follow the United States into war against Iraq.

Maj. Gen. Rob Fulton, a senior equipment specialist at the Ministry of Defense, said plans were being considered for the limited modification of two armored brigades, a total of 234 tanks.

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