- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 11, 2003


More children killed in attacks

KABUL — The U.S. military acknowledged yesterday, for the second time in a week, that Afghan children were killed in attacks against Taliban and al Qaeda suspects.

A U.S. military spokesman said six children were crushed under a wall Friday night at a complex in eastern Paktia province. U.S. warplanes and Special Forces had attacked the compound, setting off secondary explosions, Lt. Col. Bryan Hilferty said.

The news comes on the heels of a U.S. military blunder in neighboring Ghazni province on Saturday. Nine children were found dead in a field after an attack by an A-10 ground-attack aircraft targeting a Taliban suspect.


Army foils attack on U.S. Embassy

BEIRUT — The Lebanese army said it had foiled a bomb attack on the U.S. Embassy in Beirut yesterday, arresting two men, one said to have been carrying explosives, at the gates of the fortresslike complex.

“At the gate of the U.S. Embassy in Awkar, army forces arrested a Lebanese man and a Palestinian accompanying him as they tried to bring a bomb into the embassy complex,” the army said in a statement.

A Lebanese security source said soldiers had searched a man, in his 30s, carrying a sports bag at the external entrance of the embassy and found 2.2 lbs of explosives inside.


Europe criticizes proposed penal code

ANKARA — The European Commission and rights groups yesterday criticized Turkey’s planned new penal code, saying it failed to punish adequately so-called “honor killings” and violence against women.

Turkey, which would be the European Union’s first mainly Muslim state, hopes that EU leaders will agree in a year to open entry talks, long delayed by human rights concerns.

“Honor killings,” most common in Turkey’s conservative and impoverished southeast region, involve the killing of women by male relatives to defend what is regarded as family honor.


Auschwitz cemetery defaced by vandals

WARSAW — Vandals have wrecked tombs at a Jewish cemetery at Auschwitz, the site of the biggest Nazi concentration camp, the Jewish cultural center in the Polish community said yesterday.

It said 16 tombstones had been knocked down, probably early this week. Days before, someone had painted two large swastikas on the cemetery’s wall, which municipal police erased.

The cemetery was established more than two centuries ago by the then-vibrant Jewish community in the Polish town.

Most of the town’s Jews were killed during World War II by German occupiers, who built the world’s largest concentration camp there and nearby Birkenau. The Nazis killed 1.5 million people, mostly Jews, in Auschwitz.


Hunting hurting rams’ genetic variability

Trophy hunting has taken an evolutionary toll on Canada’s bighorn sheep, scientists said yesterday.

Their magnificent horns are getting smaller because the biggest rams with the most impressive examples are being shot before they have mated and passed on their genes.

“Because you don’t have the best rams mating, they aren’t reproducing and the population isn’t seeing the best genetic variability,” Curtis Strobek, of the University of Alberta in Canada, said at a conference in London.

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