- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 16, 2003

NETHERLANDS

Candidate Clark calls Milosevic stubborn

THE HAGUE — U.S. presidential hopeful Wesley Clark said yesterday that former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic was the same argumentative and stubborn man he faced as a foe during the Balkan wars.

Mr. Clark issued that assessment at the end of two days of closed testimony at Mr. Milosevic’s war-crimes trial. The testimony, which dealt with Mr. Milosevic’s command responsibility during the Balkan wars, was to be released after screening by State Department lawyers, Mr. Clark told reporters outside the U.N. court in The Hague.

WEST BANK

Support for suicide hits three-year low

RAMALLAH — Palestinian public support for suicide bomb attacks in Israel has dropped to its lowest level in three years of Middle East conflict, according to a poll released yesterday.

Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat’s rating also declined, but he remained more than twice as popular as any other public figure, the survey by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research found.

HAITI

Anti-Aristide strike closes the capital

PORT-AU-PRINCE — A strike to press for the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide closed down schools, stores and banks in the Haitian capital yesterday.

The strike was called by opposition parties and a coalition of 184 business associations, labor unions and other groups.

Mr. Aristide, the Caribbean country’s first freely elected president, was ousted in a 1991 army coup and restored to power in a 1994 U.S. invasion.

SWITZERLAND

Hot summer blamed on global warming

GENEVA — The year 2003, marked by a sweltering summer and drought across large swaths of the planet, was the third hottest in nearly 150 years, the United Nations’ weather agency said yesterday.

The World Meteorological Organization estimated the average surface temperature for the year to be 0.81 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the normal 25.2 degrees. The agency said that warmer weather could not be attributed to any one cause, but was part of a global warming trend.

CAMBODIA

Missiles destroyed in antiterror effort

PHNOM PENH — Cambodia’s prime minister has ordered the destruction of the country’s surface-to-air missiles to prevent them from falling into the hands of terrorists, the government said yesterday.

Hun Sen issued the order after a meeting in the capital, Phnom Penh, on Monday with U.S. Ambassador Charles Ray.

AFGHANISTAN

Kabul-Kandahar highway paved

DURANI — Several dozen delegates broke away from a crucial constitutional assembly yesterday to celebrate the inauguration of the Kabul-Kandahar highway, a vital artery linking the capital with the lawless and poverty-stricken south. Helicopters brought the delegates to a sparse stretch of the highway southwest of the capital where President Karzai cut a ribbon in celebration.


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