- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 30, 2003


IAEA chief urges ‘full cooperation’

VIENNA, Austria — International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei warned yesterday that unless Iran began to give him “full cooperation” soon it would fail to meet an Oct. 31 deadline to prove that it has no secret nuclear weapons program.

Iran said Monday that it would limit access for IAEA inspectors, due to arrive in Tehran tomorrow, to declared nuclear sites.

Iran has until the end of the month to give the IAEA full disclosure of its nuclear program to show that nuclear resources have not been covertly diverted to make an atomic bomb, as the United States and others have contended.


Police arrest 11 under antiterror laws

LONDON — British police said yesterday that they had arrested 11 men, believed to be Algerians, under antiterrorism laws in early morning raids in two English cities.

They said seven men were arrested in homes across north, south and east London, and another was detained in Manchester, northern England. They were all suspected of being involved in the commission of or preparing to carry out attacks.


Syrian poet seen as Nobel front-runner

STOCKHOLM — Syrian poet Ali Ahmad Said, better known as Adonis, is the front-runner for the Nobel Prize in literature this year, book critics told Reuters yesterday.

The winner of the prestigious 10 million Swedish crown ($1.3 million) prize will be announced tomorrow.

So intense is the focus on the prize that the choice is often linked to the power politics of the day, prompting some pundits to say that an Arab may win this year to alleviate humiliation and anger caused by the U.S. invasion of Iraq.


Government frees 900 militants

CAIRO — Egypt released 900 members of an Islamic militant group that killed 58 tourists in 1997 and helped plot the murder of President Anwar Sadat, security sources said yesterday.

Analysts said freeing so many members of the outlawed Al-Gamaa Islamiya (Islamic Group), whose jailed leaders renounced violence six years ago, would help the movement gain a political voice and could strengthen the hand of more moderate Islamists in the Arab world’s most populous country.

News of the mass release came two days after Egypt announced that it had freed Karam Zuhdi, the influential head of Al-Gamaa’s policy-making Shura council.


Man crashes car into U.S. Embassy

TUNIS — A Tunisian crashed his car into the outside wall of the U.S. Embassy in Tunis yesterday and set fire to it in an apparent suicide attempt, officials said. U.S. and Tunisian authorities appeared to rule out terrorism as a motive.

Tunisia’s official TAP news agency said the man, identified as Nabil Ben Jaballah, 39, apparently was in despair after failing to obtain a visa for the United States to be with his American wife.


Labor Ministry wants ballerina reinstated

MOSCOW — Thanks to Russia’s Labor Ministry, ballerina Anastasia Volochkova may be back at the Bolshoi for an encore.

Labor officials yesterday ordered the Bolshoi Theater to reinstate Miss Volochkova, who was fired two weeks ago amid assertions from other dancers that she was too heavy to lift.

The ministry ruled that her dismissal violated labor law, saying she must be rehired.

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