- The Washington Times - Friday, July 18, 2003

ISRAEL

Sharon’s son is corruption probe target

JERUSALEM — A son of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was questioned about corruption charges that sparked a scandal during Mr. Sharon’s re-election campaign earlier this year, a police spokesman said yesterday.

Officers from the police fraud squad interrogated Gilad Sharon on Wednesday, said police spokesman Gil Kleiman, as part of an investigation into a $1.5 million payment from a South African businessman.

That payment led to suspicions that the prime minister and Gilad Sharon took bribes, committed breach of trust and fraud, and deceived the police and Israel’s state comptroller, according to the Ha’aretz newspaper.

SOUTH KOREA

U.N. Command inspects border clash site

SEOUL — A team from the U.S.-led U.N. Command, which oversees the southern half of the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, inspected the site near the South Korean town of Yonchon, where soldiers from the two countries briefly exchanged machine-gun fire yesterday.

The South Korean military said it did not suffer casualties in the shooting between two guard posts a half-mile apart.

RUSSIA

Bomb blamed on Muslim militants

MOSCOW — A powerful shrapnel-filled bomb exploded yesterday near a police station in Russia’s troubled Dagestan region, killing three persons and injuring 18 others, officials said.

The blast killed one police officer, a pregnant woman and a 5-year-old girl, the Interior Ministry said. The ministry said 18 persons were hospitalized, three in critical condition.

The bomb was filled with nuts, bolts and ball bearings, the ministry said. Dagestan’s Interior Minister Adilgirei Magomed-Tagirov said he believed the attack was carried out by militant Wahhabi sect Muslims active in Chechnya and Dagestan.

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE

Rebel soldiers to meet Nigerian envoy

SAO TOME — The leader of a military coup in this tiny West African country promised yesterday to call elections and said he did not want to stay in power, while regional powerhouse Nigeria intervened to mediate the crisis.

Nigeria was sending an envoy to meet with the rebellious soldiers in Sao Tome and Principe, a key player in a region that is becoming an increasingly important oil supplier to the United States.

Maj. Fernando Pereira, an artillery officer, told Portuguese state radio Radiodifusao Portuguesa that his troops — who detained the prime minister and other officials during Wednesday’s coup — acted to save the impoverished country from social and economic decline.

GERMANY

Confessed cannibal charged with murder

BERLIN — German prosecutors said yesterday that a man who confessed to killing and eating another man has been charged with murder and will face trial.

Prosecutors in Kassel charged the 41-year-old man with murder for killing a 43-year-old man in March 2001, apparently with his victim’s consent. They said he carved up and froze portions of the flesh.

The man had confessed to killing and eating his victim, prosecutors said. His December arrest in the central town of Rotenburg attracted massive media attention.

BELGIUM

Tattooing inks may be poisonous

BRUSSELS — Fans of tattooing are putting poisonous chemicals into their skin because of widespread ignorance about the substances used in tattooing dyes, the European Commission warned yesterday.

It said most chemicals used in tattoos were industrial pigments originally used for other purposes, such as automobile paints or writing inks, and there was little or no safety data to support their use in tattoos.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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