- The Washington Times - Friday, December 19, 2003

ISRAEL

Sharon’s boundary plan criticized

GANEI TAL, Gaza Strip — Jewish settlers, Israeli doves and Palestinian leaders yesterday criticized Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s plan for Israel to draw its own boundary with the Palestinians if peace efforts don’t progress rapidly.

At Ganei Tal settlement in the Gaza Strip, Rivka Goldschmidt called Mr. Sharon’s plan, which would include the uprooting of some settlements, “a surrender to terror” and said she and her neighbors would resist.

Hawkish members of Mr. Sharon’s Cabinet have threatened to bolt if he dismantles settlements.GERMANY

Rumsfeld coins phrase of the year

BERLIN — “Old Europe” — a term U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld used to disparage Germany and France for resisting war in Iraq — was named phrase of the year in Germany yesterday by a panel of language experts.

The Wiesbaden-based Society for the German Language made “das alte Europe” its choice in the annual poll for the expression of the year after Mr. Rumsfeld’s phrase became a popular rallying cry used proudly by opponents of the war.

ZIMBABWE

Police occupy newspaper offices

HARARE — Police occupied the press building of Zimbabwe’s largest independent daily newspaper yesterday shortly after the paper’s owner said a judge had granted a new license allowing it to resume publication.

The government, calling the ruling “academic,” insisted the independent Daily News had no legal right to publish and sent police to occupy the paper’s printing premises.

BULGARIA

U.S. bases win approval

SOFIA — Bulgaria’s parliament yesterday gave a green light to the possible setting up of U.S. and NATO military bases in the Balkan country as the alliance shifts its focus eastward.

The chamber passed a declaration that supported the government’s consultations with Washington and other NATO members on working out the details of hosting bases. Bulgaria is to join NATO next year.

TAIWAN

SARS victim recuperating

TAIPEI — A Taiwanese man who became infected with SARS at a laboratory is recovering, and five foreigners who sat near him on a flight have been located and told to monitor their health, health officials said yesterday.

The 44-year-old scientist was recovering in a Taipei hospital and developing an appetite again, doctors said. Investigators reported he likely caught the virus when he handled a torn plastic trash bag leaking contaminated liquid in his lab. None of the others have developed SARS symptoms.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.


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