- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 30, 2003

ISRAEL

Sharon questioned in funding scandals

JERUSALEM — Israeli police questioned Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for seven hours yesterday over political-funding scandals that could dent his widespread public support among Israelis.

Police are investigating the leader and his two sons over a $1.5 million loan from a South Africa-based friend. The loan was used as collateral to repay what judicial authorities found to have been illegal contributions to Mr. Sharon’s campaign for election as Likud party chief in 1999.

ITALY

Andreotti cleared on murder charges

ROME — Italy’s highest court yesterday overturned a murder conviction against former Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti, ruling that he had not ordered the Mafia killing of a journalist.

The Court of Cassation annulled a verdict by a lower court in November that had convicted the 84-year-old senator-for-life and sentenced him to 24 years in prison.

Mr. Andreotti’s lawyers took the case to the top after an appeals court in the central city of Perugia had overturned an initial not-guilty verdict and found him guilty of ordering the 1979 killing of tabloid journalist Mino Pecorelli.

NORTH KOREA

U.S. recovers remains of MIAs

TOKYO — Eight sets of remains believed to be those of U.S. soldiers missing in action from the Korean War have been flown from North Korea to Japan, military officials said.

The remains were brought by C-130 military transport aircraft Tuesday from Pyongyang to Yokota Air Base on the outskirts of Tokyo, a U.S. military spokeswoman said.

After a repatriation ceremony, the remains — recovered from two sites in North Korea — were to be taken to a forensics laboratory in Hawaii for identification.

LEBANON

Scholar’s ashes buried in mountains

BEIRUT — The ashes of Edward Said, the Columbia University literary scholar and America’s foremost advocate for the Palestinian cause, were buried in the mountains of Lebanon at a private ceremony yesterday, Lebanon’s official news agency said.

Mr. Said died at a New York hospital Sept. 25 after a bout with leukemia. He was 67. He specified in his will that he wanted to be buried in Lebanon, where he spent part of his youth.

BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

$18 million pledged for war-crimes court

THE HAGUE — The United States and 29 other countries pledged $18.4 million yesterday to create a war-crimes court in Bosnia that will lighten the load at the U.N. tribunal in the Netherlands.

The United States — which is also the largest funder of the war-crimes tribunal for Yugoslavia in The Hague — will give $11 million to support the new War Crimes Chamber. It will operate within Bosnia’s state court system and prosecute lower-level offenders from the 1992-95 Bosnian War.

Germany

Bomb threat closes Frankfurt rail station

FRANKFURT — This city’s main railway station, at the heart of the German rail system, closed for about two hours yesterday after a bomb threat, which was likely to cause major delays across the entire national network.

Transport police said a man with a foreign accent telephoned the central police office in Frankfurt and warned a bomb would explode at the station. Bomb disposal experts failed to find one.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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