- The Washington Times - Monday, November 17, 2003

AFGHANISTAN

U.N. employee slain in drive-by shooting

KABUL — A French U.N. worker was fatally shot yesterday by a man on a motorcycle who opened fire on her car. Her driver was wounded.

Bettina Goislard, 29, was the first international U.N. staff member slain in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime, said David Singh, spokesman for the U.N. Mission in Afghanistan.

Mr. Singh said Miss Goislard worked with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and was traveling in a clearly marked vehicle when attacked in Ghazni in central Afghanistan. Her Afghan driver was wounded in the arm.

JORDAN

Iraqi oil shipment reaches Red Sea port

AMMAN — A shipment of 1 million barrels of Iraqi crude oil has arrived at Jordan’s Red Sea port, the first such supply since the U.S.-led war in neighboring Iraq began, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources said yesterday.

The shipment, which arrived Saturday, will cover Jordan’s needs for two weeks, said the ministry’s secretary-general, Khaldoun Quteishat.

He said the shipment followed an agreement reached with Iraqi authorities last month to let Jordan import 2.6 million barrels of Iraqi crude in the next three months.

SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO

Low turnout dooms presidential election

BELGRADE — Serbia failed for a third time in just over a year to elect a new president yesterday as voter turnout fell far short of the 50 percent required to make the election valid.

The independent Center for Free Elections and Democracy estimated turnout at 38.3 percent of the 6.5 million electorate. Two attempts to elect a head of state failed last year because of insufficient turnout.

ISRAEL

Soldier dismissed for attack on children

JERUSALEM — An Israeli army officer was dismissed from duty yesterday for throwing a stun grenade at Palestinian children in the West Bank, an army statement said.

It said the officer underwent a disciplinary hearing and was sentenced to 14 days in prison before being discharged from the service.

Palestinians have complained that Israeli officers and soldiers are rarely punished for mistreatment of Palestinian civilians.

FRANCE

Urgent meeting called on anti-Semitism

PARIS — France will hold an urgent top-level meeting today on fighting anti-Semitism after the firebombing of a Jewish boys’ school in a Paris suburb, President Jacques Chirac’s office has announced.

Mr. Chirac will confer with Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin and his ministers of interior, justice and education today before receiving leaders of France’s 600,000-strong Jewish community.

Jewish schools and synagogues have been attacked repeatedly in recent years in violence that authorities usually link to poor Muslim youths incited by Israel’s tough policies.


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