- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 5, 2003

NETHERLANDS

Teen held in attack on Turkish Embassy

THE HAGUE — A teenager threw a firebomb into the Turkish Embassy yesterday, causing a small fire and minor injuries to himself and four others, Dutch officials said.

Police Chief Han Moraal said the 16-year-old suspect was arrested shortly after throwing a “bag of burning material” into the building at around 11:30 a.m. He said the youth had an argument with embassy workers earlier.

Turkish-owned buildings in other countries have been attacked by Kurdish rebels fighting for an independent Kurdish state. There is a large Kurdish community in the Netherlands, estimated to number up to 70,000l.

PAKISTAN

Al Qaeda suspects killed in border clash

WANA — Pakistani soldiers killed two al Qaeda suspects in a shootout along the Afghan border, government and intelligence officials said yesterday.

The gunfight occurred Monday in Zarray Lita, a small border town about 30 miles northwest of Wana, the capital of the South Waziristan tribal region. The identity of the al Qaeda suspects was not clear.

GERMANY

General fired in anti-Semitism row

BERLIN — Germany’s defense minister yesterday dismissed the head of the country’s elite special forces after the general praised a conservative lawmaker under investigation for purported anti-Semitic remarks.

Brig. Gen. Reinhard Guenzel, the commander of Germany’s special forces since 2000 and a 40-year veteran of the armed forces, was fired after writing a letter to lawmaker Martin Hohmann praising his “courage” for a speech that compared some Jews’ actions to those of Nazis.

CUBA

U.N. assembly votes against U.S. embargo

NEW YORK — For the 12th straight year, the U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly yesterday against Washington’s 4-decade-old economic embargo against Cuba.

The annual roasting of the United States by friends and adversaries alike was approved by a record vote of 179-3 with two abstentions.

Opposing the resolution were the United States, Israel and the Marshall Islands, while Morocco and Micronesia abstained. The resolutions are not mandatory, but express the will of the international community.

NORTH KOREA

Decision postponed on nuclear reactor

NEW YORK — Japan, South Korea, the United States and the European Union yesterday postponed a decision on whether to suspend or stop work on light-water nuclear reactors under construction in North Korea, a joint spokesman said.

Representatives of the four met in New York on Monday and yesterday as the executive board of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization, or KEDO, the body set up in a 1994 agreement to help North Korea with its energy needs.

The United States had pressed for a decision to stop work on the two reactors because it believes the 1994 agreement has been overtaken by events.

IRAQ

U.S.-backed governor of Najaf jailed

BAGHDAD — The governor of the Iraqi city of Najaf, appointed by the U.S.-led coalition, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for illegal arrest, destruction of a government document and misuse of office.

Iraq’s three-judge central criminal court jailed Abu Haidar Abdul Munim for six years on the charge of abuse of office, five years for illegal arrest of three children of a foe, and three years for destruction of a document, the coalition said in a statement.


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