- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 11, 2004

FRANCE

Vandals deface Jewish cemetery

LYON — Vandals daubed swastikas and slogans on 56 graves and a war memorial in a Jewish cemetery in eastern France, the latest in a spate of attacks on Jewish, Muslim and Christian property that have shocked France.

The attackers also used black paint to scrawl slogans glorifying Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and declaring “Resistance to the Islamist invasion” on some of the graves on Monday evening in a cemetery in Lyon.

President Jacques Chirac, the government, opposition officials and Jewish leaders condemned the attack, which prompted calls for tougher action to prevent such vandalism.

ISRAEL

Missile attack hurts 12 in Gaza town

JERUSALEM — Israeli forces moved into the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis early yesterday, wounding at least 12 persons in a missile strike, Palestinian officials said.

Israeli military officials confirmed that an operation “against the terrorist infrastructure” was in progress, but they did not know about any helicopters firing missiles.

There were no other details of the Israeli action.

AFGHANISTAN

Warlords among 18 in race for president

KABUL — Eighteen Afghans, including President Hamid Karzai and a number of warlords, will compete in the country’s first presidential election, officials announced yesterday, setting the field for the violence-threatened vote.

Several warlords who have drawn complaints for purported human rights abuses or links to militias are being allowed to run in the first national vote since the fall of the Taliban in late 2001, said Zakim Shah, head of the joint U.N.-Afghan electoral commission.

PAKISTAN

Leaders to discuss Kashmir next month

ISLAMABAD — Leaders from Pakistan and India will meet on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York next month to review a peace process that has kindled hopes of an end to hostilities between the South Asian rivals.

It will be the first meeting between Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and India’s new leader, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, both of whom say they want to take the peace process forward and resolve outstanding disputes, including disputed Kashmir.

CHINA

Earthquake kills 4 in southwest

BEIJING — A strong earthquake rumbled through southwestern China yesterday, killing four persons and injuring 200, the State Seismological Bureau said.

The magnitude-5.6 quake struck at 6:26 p.m. and was centered in Ludian, a county in Yunnan province, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Ludian county has about 370,000 people.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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