- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 2, 2003

CYPRUS

Questions at border spark taxation fears

NICOSIA — About 1,000 Turkish Cypriots who work in the divided island’s Greek Cypriot-ruled south took to the streets yesterday to protest perceived attempts by authorities in the north to tax their earnings.

The protest came a day after workers who tried to cross into the south were told that they would not be allowed through unless they filled out a form that the workers say contained questions on how much they earn and for whom they work.

The protestors gathered in the Turkish-held sector of Nicosia and marched to the office of the prime minister of the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to demand a meeting. When refused, they left a black wreath and called on the government to resign.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Negotiations urged over 3 disputed isles

ABU DHABI — United Arab Emirates President Sheik Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan yesterday invited “serious negotiations” with Iran to resolve a territorial row over three tiny Persian Gulf islands.

In a statement on the 32nd anniversary of the seven-member UAE federation, Sheik Zayed said he hoped for “a positive climate in relations with Iran to help clear obstacles blocking a real detente in these relations,” or putting the issue “to international arbitration at the International Court of Justice.”

YEMEN

Death appeal refused for missionary killer

SAN’A — An appeals court has confirmed the death sentence of a Yemeni who confessed to killing three American missionaries a year ago, a judicial source said Monday.

Abed Abdulrazzak al-Kamel’s lawyer, Mahrous Oqba, announced that he would take the last chance for an appeal to the court of cassation in Ibb, a provincial capital 140 miles south of the capital, San’a, the source said. The three missionaries were fatally shot in a Baptist hospital where they had worked for many years.

Weekly notes

Libyan Foreign Minister Abdel Rahman Shalqam says secret contacts are under way to improve his country’s relations with the United States. Mr. Shalqam told United Press International that Washington’s decision to review a travel ban to Libya every three months indicated a thaw in relations and raised hope for better ties. The last such meeting took place two months ago in London, he said. … An Egyptian teenager was killed and two children were hurt yesterday by the explosion of a mine left over from the October 1973 war with Israel, police said. Muhammad Shadi Ibrahim, 14, had found the mine in the Sinai near the port of Ismailiya and was killed in the explosion, they added. His 10-year-old sister and an eight-year-old child were injured. Israel returned the Sinai to Egypt in 1982 as part of a peace treaty signed in 1979.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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