- The Washington Times - Monday, April 21, 2003

IRAQ
British dead found buried
LONDON The bodies of two British soldiers, who their government says may have been executed, have been found in a shallow grave in Iraq, a spokeswoman for Britain's Ministry of Defense said yesterday.
The bodies of Simon Cullingworth, 36, and Luke Allsopp, 24, were found near Al Zubayr, outside Basra in the south of the country.
Last month, the Qatar-based news channel Al Jazeera showed pictures of two dead Britons in uniform surrounded by an exultant mob.
The British government said the two soldiers "may well have been executed."

SYRIA
Assad, Mubarak discuss U.S. pressure
DAMASCUS Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad yesterday for talks on postwar Iraq and tension between Damascus and Washington over Syria's reported chemical weapons.
"Syria expects Egypt to use its good offices with Washington to help defuse the tension," a diplomatic source said.
Earlier, Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, said after a two-hour meeting with Mr. Assad in Damascus that Syria wanted a positive dialogue with the United States.
"We have many positive messages to Washington," Mr. Issa said. "Assad went out of his way in being positive."
U.S. charges that Syria may be developing chemical weapons and harboring members of deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's regime have raised fears in the Arab world that Damascus could be a U.S. target.

KYRGYZSTAN
Landslide kills 34, destroys 15 homes
BISHKEK A massive landslide hit a village in southern Kyrgyzstan yesterday afternoon, killing at least 34 persons and sweeping away 15 homes, an Emergencies Ministry official said.
The official said the village, Kurbu-Tash, lies in the mountainous Uzgen district of the Central Asian republic about 60 miles east of Osh, toward the Chinese border.
Russia's Interfax news agency said rescue teams had recovered some bodies. It said other houses in the village were evacuated.

IRAQ
Annan concerned about 'forced expulsion'
AMMAN, Jordan U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has voiced concern over reports of the "forced expulsion" of Arabs in northern Iraq, as well as killings and looting in that region, a spokesman said yesterday.
"The secretary-general is concerned that unless the security vacuum that now exists is quickly addressed, there is a very real prospect of population displacement in Iraq," spokesman Nejib Friji said at a news conference of U.N. aid agencies in Amman.
He said that news reports, as well as eyewitness accounts from Human Rights Watch, indicate "widespread intimidation and displacement in and around the city of Kirkuk" in northern Iraq.

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