- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 14, 2003

ISRAEL

Christians march to support Israel

JERUSALEM — About 5,000 evangelical Christians from all over the world marched in the streets of Jerusalem yesterday to mark the Jewish holiday of Sukkot and express solidarity with Israel.

The majority of demonstrators were Americans, but delegations from South Africa, Brazil, Germany, Japan and about 60 other countries also marched toward the Old City, waving their national flags and “We Love Israel” banners.

EGYPT

Students protest Israeli raids

CAIRO — Thousands of Egyptian university students staged campus protests yesterday against Israeli raids on Palestinian targets in the Gaza Strip and Syria, official sources and organizers said.

A rally at Ain Shams University in northern Cairo proceeded peacefully, ending with an appeal to Arab heads of state to respond to the latest Israeli attacks, Egypt’s state-run Middle East News Agency said.

GERMANY

Timing ‘uncertain’ of Iranian nuke plant

BERLIN — A top Russian nuclear official said in the German capital yesterday that the timetable for completing a disputed reactor in Iran was “very, very uncertain” because of international concern over Tehran’s nuclear intentions.

Oleg Sarayev, head of the state-owned nuclear company Rosenergoatom, contradicted comments from a government source Monday denying that politics was holding up the project and blaming delays on late delivery of equipment.

Russia is helping Iran build a nuclear plant at Bushehr.

IRAN

Tehran denies helping al Qaeda members

TEHRAN — Iran’s government yesterday reacted angrily to a report that elements within the Islamic regime were harboring senior members of al Qaeda, calling the accusation an “absolute lie” and challenging foreign intelligence services to come up with evidence.

It was reported yesterday that the eldest son of Osama bin Laden, Saad, had risen to the top ranks of al Qaeda.

UKRAINE

Smuggling sentence called unjust

KIEV — The Ukrainian government yesterday criticized sentences that an Iraqi court handed out to two Ukrainians found guilty of oil smuggling.

On Monday, an Iraqi tribunal sentenced Capt. Mykola Mazurenko and his assistant, Ivan Soshchenko, to seven years in prison and to pay a fine of $2.4 million.

The two were accused of breaking Iraqi customs laws by trying to smuggle 3,400 tons of oil in August on board a Panamanian-flagged ship called the Navstar.

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