- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 11, 2003


Meeting with Bush hailed as a success

BEIJING — China pronounced its prime minister’s visit to the United States a “complete success” and applauded President Bush’s strongest statement yet opposing any unilateral moves by Taiwan toward independence.

“The Chinese have all along considered the Taiwan issue as the most important and sensitive in U.S.-China relations. We appreciate President Bush’s statement,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said at a routine briefing yesterday. “I believe the visit was a complete success.”


Solzhenitsyn turns 85; Putin gives praise

MOSCOW — Nobel laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn, whose accounts of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s repressions and the Gulag labor camp system shocked readers at home and abroad, turned 85 yesterday.

President Vladimir Putin congratulated him and praised his uncompromising stance.

“Your name, your life is inextricably linked with the key, dramatic turning points in 20th century Russian history. And you never accepted compromise, always standing firmly by your convictions,” Mr. Putin said in the message, released by the Kremlin press service.


Terror suspect ordered freed

HAMBURG — The trial of a terror suspect said to have links to the Hamburg cell involved in the September 11 attacks took a spectacular turn yesterday when the judge ordered the immediate release of the defendant, Abdelghani Mzoudi, after 14 months in pretrial custody.

The 31-year-old Moroccan-born student was accused of providing logistical support to al Qaeda’s Hamburg cell, led by Mohamed Atta, that carried out the terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001, killing more than 3,000 people.

He was arrested in Hamburg in October last year and accused of being a member of a terrorist organization, assisting bank transfers for the members of the Hamburg cell and having attended an al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan.

Judge Klaus Ruehle said, “There is the serious possibility that Mzoudi was purposefully left out of the attack plans despite his links to the Hamburg group and despite his stay in Afghanistan and that his supportive actions were not consciously made.”


Nuclear scientists arrested, reports say

ISLAMABAD — Two scientists at Pakistan’s top nuclear laboratory have been taken into custody for questioning, Pakistani sources told the Associated Press yesterday.

The nuclear scientists at the Khan Research Laboratories were being interrogated after complaints were made against them, a government official and two Pakistanis affiliated with the country’s nuclear programs said.

The two detained men have been identified as Yasin Chohan and Mohammad Farooq, the former director general at the laboratories.


Nazi blame angers most

BERLIN — Almost 70 percent of Germans say they are annoyed at being held responsible for the Holocaust, and many think Jews use Germany’s Nazi past to their advantage, a major German university survey showed yesterday.

The survey by Bielefeld University showed that 69.9 percent were irritated at still being held responsible for crimes against Jews during World War II.

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