- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 18, 2003


Dossier lists crimes of Stalin henchman

MOSCOW Russian prosecutors yesterday presented a criminal dossier on feared Soviet secret police chief Lavrenty Beria, including a list of hundreds of women he had purportedly stalked and raped.

The Russian Military Prosecutor's Office presented Beria's 47-volume criminal case, which ended with a death sentence and a quick execution in 1953. The dossier will be opened to the public only after 25 years, Russian television stations reported.

They said that prosecutors had presented the Beria files to disprove media reports they had been stolen.


Soldier charged with spying for Iraq

KUWAIT CITY Police arrested a Kuwaiti soldier accused of spying for Iraq, saying he gathered intelligence on military movements and planned attacks on senior Kuwaiti officials, the government said yesterday.

National Guard Sgt. Mohammed Hamad Juwayed, 40, was arrested after prolonged surveillance, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. An official said Sgt. Juwayed was arrested several days ago and had confessed to spying for Iraq.

The ministry did not mention any attempts to spy on or attack U.S. forces. The arrest was announced on the 12th anniversary of the start of U.S. air strikes that began the 1991 Persian Gulf war.


Russia signs deals to develop oil fields

BAGHDAD Iraq and Russia signed three oil agreements yesterday for exploration and development of oil fields in southern and western Iraq.

The new deals were announced after the Russian oil company Lukoil said yesterday that it had persuaded Baghdad to reverse a decision made in November stripping Lukoil of the right to develop the giant West Qurna oil field.


Newspaper closed after prophet story

AMMAN The government closed a weekly newspaper and detained three journalists for an article that discussed the sex life of the Prophet Muhammad, an editor at the paper said yesterday.

The newspaper Al-Hilal, or the Crescent, published an article Tuesday that focused on Muhammad's relations with his favorite wife, Aisha, an extremely sensitive subject in the Muslim world.


Opposition lawmaker claims police torture

HARARE A Zimbabwean opposition politician has said he was tortured by police after his arrest this week in possession of what state media called "subversive documents."

The torture charges were made in a Harare court Thursday by Job Sikhala. The member of parliament for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) was arrested Wednesday after he was purportedly found with documents linked to the burning earlier this week of a bus owned by a state-owned transportation company.

Police have accused the MDC of planning to cause civil unrest ahead of World Cup Cricket matches scheduled to be played in Zimbabwe next month in order to force a change of venue.


Clerides files for re-election

NICOSIA Greek Cypriot President Glafcos Clerides filed his re-election papers yesterday under increasing international pressure for the reunification of the divided eastern Mediterranean island.

Mr. Clerides, 83, seeks a limited, 16-month term a full term runs five years to handle the U.N.-sponsored reunification negotiations with Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.

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