- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 8, 2003

LIBERIAIndicted warlord killed in shootoutMONROVIA — Sam Bockarie, a notorious West African warlord indicted for atrocities in Sierra Leone by a court backed by the United Nations, was killed yesterday in a shootout with Liberian soldiers, the government said.Bockarie — a former hairdresser, diamond miner and disco dance champion — had recently been leading fighters helping rebels in Ivory Coast and was killed as he crossed the border from that country.Bockarie, 40, had been indicted by a special court on charges of crimes against humanity in his homeland of Sierra Leone. The charges included mass murder, widespread rape and hacking off the limbs of civilians, including children.RUSSIADiplomat sees no proof of Iranian nuclear plansMOSCOW — In a rebuff to the United States, a top Russian diplomat said yesterday there is no evidence Iran pursued nuclear-weapons capability in violation of the international nonproliferation agreement.Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Losyukov contradicted charges about Iran’s nuclear program that Undersecretary of State John Bolton made Monday in Moscow. Mr. Bolton had sought to persuade Russian officials to acknowledge that Iran has a clandestine weapons program and to win Russian support for a critical report on Iran’s nuclear efforts by the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency.PAKISTANTransport, sport ties to resume with IndiaISLAMABAD — Pakistani Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali said yesterday that Islamabad plans to resume road, rail and air links, as well as increase sports ties with neighboring India.Mr. Jamali said he had also ordered the release of detained Indian fishermen and sailors as a goodwill gesture and proposed bringing respective embassies back up to full strength.Mr. Jamali was responding to Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s announcement last week of a normalization of diplomatic ties and a restoration of air links. BRITAINLegislator suspended after Iraq criticismLONDON — Britain’s ruling Labor Party suspended leading antiwar politician George Galloway yesterday because of an outspoken attack on Prime Minister Tony Blair and President Bush during the war on Iraq.The left-wing firebrand called the two leaders “wolves” for attacking Iraq. He made the comments in an appearance on a Persian Gulf television station during the military campaign.Mr. Galloway has been called legislator for Baghdad Central in the British press for his long-term opposition to military action and sanctions against Iraq. He has also threatened to sue the Daily Telegraph newspaper for libel because of a report that said he had received $604,000 a year in payoffs from the Iraqi government.GERMANYMan arrested carrying head through townAACHEN — Police arrested a German man on suspicion of killing his sister-in-law yesterday, after he was spotted carrying her severed head through the streets of a town near the Dutch border.Police received several calls after passers-by saw the 24-year-old walking with a blood-soaked knife and the head under his arm in the town of Uebach-Palenberg, a public prosecutor said.Police later discovered the decapitated corpse of the 25-year-old woman in the man’s apartment.

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