- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 29, 2003

MEXICO
Fox's party: Change country's formal name
MEXICO CITY "Get the U.S. out of Mexico" isn't just a leftist slogan anymore.
It's a serious proposal by President Vicente Fox's conservative party to delete "United States" from the name of a country where national pride permeates every aspect of society, including titles.
As it is, few people use Mexico's official name: United States of Mexico (Estados Unidos Mexicanos).
But to some Mexicans, it's an unwelcome reminder of the powerful northern neighbor.

PAKISTAN
Militants seek to fingerprint Americans
ISLAMABAD Muslim militants, in a reflection of growing outrage against the United States, called yesterday for the fingerprinting of Americans and compulsory AIDS testing of U.S. visitors.
A coalition of Islamic parties, which gained considerable political clout in October general elections, presented its demands in a list to the government and threatened nationwide demonstrations to push for them.

LEBANON
U.S. citizen charged with kidnap, molestation
BEIRUT A Lebanese man was charged with kidnapping his three daughters from the United States and sexually molesting one of them, court officials said yesterday.
The charges, filed by Mount Lebanon Prosecutor Joseph Khalil, came less than a week after another prosecutor ordered Behnam Slim, a 41-year-old Shi'ite Muslim who has American citizenship, detained because of an international arrest warrant issued by the United States.
Court officials cited an earlier verdict by a U.S. court granting custody of the children to their American mother.
Two of the girls, Jamie, 16, and Jenne, 15, have been at the U.S. Embassy since Dec. 10. Jamie told Lebanese prosecutors that her father had sexually molested her, leading authorities to widen the investigation.

KUWAIT
2 Americans injured in training accident
KUWAIT CITY A round of ammunition exploded inside the turret of a fighting vehicle at a training site used by U.S. forces in Kuwait, injuring one American soldier and an American civilian contractor, a military spokesman said yesterday.
The incident occurred early Monday when a 25 mm round exploded inside a Bradley Fighting Vehicle turret after live-fire training exercises.

CHINA
Execution of Tibetan criticized by U.S.
BEIJING The United States yesterday said it was concerned that a Tibetan man executed in China for a spate of bombings and a monk given a suspended death sentence in the same case were not fairly tried.
"We join the international community in raising concerns over the reported execution of Lobsang Dhondup and the suspended [death] sentence of Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche," a U.S. Embassy spokesman said in Beijing.
China had denied a U.S. request to let an observer attend the trial, the embassy spokesman said.


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